Monday, November 3, 2014

Cashew Nut Peas Pulao ~ Lunch Box Recipes for Kids

We are starting yet another BM edition, BM# 46, I am starting with Kids Delight theme, featuring Nuts and Legumes for Kid Friendly Lunch Box dishes. Now for the longest time I was so confused on what could possible be packed for a lunch box with these two ingredients. However the bloggers who already took up this theme, gave me an idea and I worked from it. 

I even decided that I will go ahead and pack as many different dishes as my kids might like. Of course if you know my kids, you might also know that my daughter is always my main customer for such new dishes. My twins are never game for any new dish when it comes to these dishes. Chocolates, yes they are. Not for a rice or a gravy, mind you. So it was still a surprise when both my boys loved this rice dish when I fed them. Peddu never likes cashews and Chinnu likes it as such. So I had to parse the cashews and feed one only that before proceeding with the rice.

This preferences of my boys always reminds me of my own childhood and my brother. When we were kids, just to spite my brother and to my mom's ire, I always used to say no to dishes that he likes. My childhood was not colourful at all, in sense that it used to be so boring as there wasn't anybody with whom I could fight. My brother used to readily give me whatever I asked. So just for the heck of it, I used to pull a fight. Even that never used to work out, as he always stops before it even began. Imagine how hard it is for a kid to grow up, without fighting with a sibling!

I see that to some extent with my kids now. My kids don't fight in the true sense of what I have read in books. The typical sibling fights. I tell them about mine, keep reminiscing about my childhood and how their Mama never fights. Best part is, my kids seem to have inherited some of my brother's habits, words and mannerisms. And my parents get so excited when they observe them doing it. Same happens with Athamma as well. She keeps remembering how some things that Peddu does, reminds her of hubby dear in his younger age. Guess parents just need something to remember their kids younger years!

Now getting back to the dish of the day, this is a simple rice with peas, garnished with lots of cashews. Very healthy and spicy as well to some extent. Try this and enjoy!

Cashew Nut Peas Pulao

Ingredients Needed

Basmati Rice - 2 cups
Onion, julienne  - 1/2
Onion, minced - 1 & 1/2 medium
Green peas 1 cup, parboiled
Ginger Garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
Green Chilies - 3 long
Mint Leaves - handful
Oil - 2 tbsp

Cashew nuts - 1/2 cup
Ghee 2 tbsp

Whole Spices

Bay leaf  - 1 long
Marati Mogga - 2 medium
Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Anise Star - 1
Cloves - 2
Cinnamon - 1"
Cardamom - 2
Salt to taste
How to make Cashew nut peas pulao.

Wash and soak the basmati rice for 15 - 20 mins.

In a non stick pan, heat the oil, add all the whole spices and saute well.

Then add the onion julienne, chopped green chilies, mint leaves and saute well till the onions turn colour.

Next add the minced onions. ginger garlic paste and saute well till everything gets cooked.

Now add fresh peas and saute.

Add the drained rice and combine everything well.

Add 3 cups of water and bring to boil. Then simmer and cook with lid covered till the rice is cooked well.

Now roast the whole cashews in ghee and pour over the cooked rice and give it a stir.

Serve with Masala Gobi

Sending this to my Kid's Delight, themed on Nuts and Legumes for a Lunchbox Friendly dish

Have you got your kids lunch box with a nutritious nuts and legume dish?..send it to me!

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veena krishnakumar said...

This is very inviting. !!!

Varadas Kitchen said...

Sounds so flavorful and the cashews make it special. Grandparents are the bests at reviving old childhood memories. One of the things that make families so special.

Harini-Jaya R said...

Good one. I also make something like this for the little one but never had a fixed recipe :)

Usha said...

I do not like cashews in rice but cashew peas pulao looks good.

The Pumpkin Farm said...

as a kid i have been trained to respect kaju as a luxury, gourmet food although it was used very frequently..i often deep fry them for my pulavs and rice dishes and wherever am sure this combination is heaven for me

vaishali sabnani said...

The rice looks inviting. .though I am not a kaju fan..but they taste good in rice. .by the way what is marati mogga..have never heard that before.

Srividhya said...

looks yum. Love your presentations

Padma Rekha said...

If you give this rice to me I will pic both peas and cashew and then have the rice:) some how I don't like the nutty flavor. nice presentation... I am like your brother always give up every ting to my sis and brother, they both fight a lot I used to enjoy there fight:)

Priya Suresh said...

The addition of cashews makes me hungry already.. My kind of pulao.

Pavani N said...

That is a very simple and flavorful rice. Love the addition of cashews.

Jayanthi Sindhiya said...

Yum!! Would love to finish the bowl..Cashews and peas!! are my absolute favourite..

Nisha Sundar said...

It is so kind of my dish Valli. I love cashews and peas. Such a delight.

Sreevalli E said...

Healthy & Inviting dish.

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