Shrimp & 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 it for myself I would add in some green chiles, fresh mint and coriander. If you already have leftover rice this comes together even quicker."
-- @sarchakra


Prep time 10mins
Cook time 30mins
Serves or Makes: 2-3


  • 8 ounces large raw shrimp
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 inch piece cinnamon
  • 1 crushed black cardamom
  • 2 green cardamom
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 tablespoon powder black pepper
  • 1 tsp powder mace
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh peas
  • 2 cup basmati rice (see notes)
  • salt
  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil


  • Step 1

    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.

  • Step 2

    Wash and clean shrimp. Rub salt and 1 tbsp turmeric on shrimp.

  • Step 3

    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.

  • Step 4

    Add cooked rice, frozen peas, 1 tbsp turmeric, salt, black pepper, mace and nutmeg.

  • Step 5

    Cook covered on low heat for 3-4 mins. Serve.