Shrimp and Peas Pilau

This is a super quick recipe for lunch or kids’ meals. You can make it spicy if cooking for adults or have it as is. I did this for my son who doesn’t like spicy food but if I was cooking this for myself, I would add in some green chillies, fresh mint and coriander. If you already have leftover rice this comes together even quicker @sarchakra

PREP TIME: 10 mins

COOK TIME: 30 mins

YIELD: Serves or Makes 2-3


  • Large raw shrimp 8 oz
  • Bay leaf 1
  • Cinnamon 1 inch piece
  • Black cardamom 1 crushed
  • Green cardamom 2 
  • Cloves 2
  • Black pepper powder 1 tbsp
  • Mace powder 1 tsp
  • Nutmeg 1 tsp
  • Turmeric 2 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds 1 tbsp
  • Frozen or fresh peas 1 cup
  • Basmati rice 2 cup (see notes)
  • salt
  • Vegetable oil 2 tbsp


  • If cooking rice from scratch, wash rice a few times till the water runs clear. Cook rice with double the water for 12-13 mins on low heat, covered. Note: 1 cup raw rice makes 3 cups of cooked rice. Use 2 cups for the pilau. Reserve one. If you already have 2 cups of leftover rice, omit Step 1.
  • Wash and clean shrimp. Rub salt and 1 tbsp turmeric on shrimp.
  • Heat oil. Temper with bay leaf, cinnamon, black cardamom, green cardamom, cloves and cumin seeds. Add shrimp and cook for a minute till it turns pink. Do not overcook.
  • Add cooked rice, frozen peas, 1 tbsp turmeric, salt, black pepper, mace and nutmeg.
  • Cook covered on low heat for 3-4 mins. Serve.
Shrimp and Peas Pulao

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