Green Peas & Lemon Rice Pulao

Pulao comes from the word Pulaka in Sanskrit, and it means flavored rice. Pilaf is a derivative of the word Pulao.

Lemon chunks in a pilaf? Who knew! Today we take a turn from our sweets and look into how to eat a healthier side dish: Pilaf! A great way to bring some zest (pun intended) into your plain white rice (and life).


Serves 2


3/4 cup good quality white basmati rice

1/2 teaspoon sea salt


1 Tablespoon olive oil

1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds

1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns

1 medium red onion, minced

1/2 cup frozen green peas

1/2 lemon, diced, along with zest and rind

1 Tablespoon lemon juice

1/4 cup chopped parsley


In a medium saucepan over medium heat, boil 3 cups water.
Add salt, stir. Add rice. Stir to make sure there are no lumps.
Cook over medium heat for 11 minutes. Strain rice using a strainer and set aside.
In a medium saute pan over medium heat, add oil, cumin, and black peppercorns. Saute for a couple of minutes.
Add onion and saute for 5-6 minutes OR until onions have caramelized.
Remove from heat, add green peas, lemon juice, and rice. Gently toss to combine.
Garnish with parsley and serve.

Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published