This easy peas pulao is a vegan and gluten-free dish that’s great to enjoy as a light meal or hearty side. Matter pulao features rice and tasty peas with onions and aromatic spices and can be prepared entirely in a pressure cooker or in a pan on a stovetop. I share three ways to make this delish matter pulao – stovetop pressure cooker method with stepwise photos, while the pan and Instant pot method with detailed instructions. Also known as Matter Pulao (matter is the Hindi word for peas), this simple peas pulao is perfect for creating a comforting and healthy veggie side or main dish.
A pulao, known as pilaf, is typically made with rice and loaded with fresh or frozen vegetables. The shining stars in this peas pulao are definitely the green peas.
They are cooked with classic Indian spices and onions that add delicious notes, but without overpowering the earthy pea flavor.
The combination of basmati rice, caramelized onions, and lightly sweet peas create a rustic and hearty dish that you’re sure to love.
And not only is peas pulao vegetarian and vegan-friendly, it happens to be gluten-free as well. So you can really feel good about enjoying every savory, scrumptious bite.
While I like to keep my version very simple to let the peas shine through, it is easy to adapt the recipe to your liking. You can add chopped potatoes or carrots, or nearly any other veggies you prefer.
Plus, it can be made using your choice of methods, either in a pan on the stovetop or in a pressure cooker.
I learned this traditional peas pulao recipe from my mother-in-law. In the Hindi language, we call it ‘matar wale chawal‘. It is quite popular in Punjabi homes and is great to pair with classic Indian delights like raita, curries, and dals (lentils).
Or, serve it by itself for a simple yet totally satisfying lighter meal. Give it a try and I’m sure your family will enjoy it as much as we do!