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Peas masala rice
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Peas masala rice

Easy lunch box recipe using green peas and freshly ground masala
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: easy lunch recipes, lunch box recipes
Servings: 2
Author: Jeyashri suresh


  • 1/2 cup uncooked rice
  • ½ cup frozen green peas
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2-3 tsp ghee
  • Cashew nuts few
  • Curry leaves few
  • Coriander leaves few
  • 1 onion
  • 1 to mato
  • 1 tsp chopped ginger
  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp urad dal
  • To roast and grind
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 2 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 2 tbsp chana dal
  • 1 tsp urad dal
  • ¼ tsp venthayam | methi seeds
  • 2 cardamom
  • 1 small cinnamon stick


  • In a pan add 1 tsp oil and add the coriander seeds, chana dal, urad dal, methi seeds, cardamom, and cinnamon. You can add 2-3 cloves too.
  • Roast till the dal turns golden brown.
  • Cool completely and grind into a fine powder.
  • This powder can be stored at room temperature for 2 months.
  • Apart from making this rice, this podi can be used in curries too.
  • Cook the rice and spread this on a plate.
  • I used raw rice, you can use basmati rice too.
  • In the same pan, add 1 tbsp oil.
  • Add mustard seeds, urad dal, and curry leaves.
  • Saute till the da becomes golden brown.
  • Add finely chopped ginger and garlic.
  • Now add in the finely chopped onions.
  • Saute till the onions become translucent.
  • Add a little salt.
  • Now add in the chopped tomato.
  • Mix well and cook for a minute.
  • Add turmeric powder, red chili powder, and salt.
  • Mix well.
  • Add the frozen peas now.
  • If adding fresh peas, pressure cook for 3 whistles and add it.
  • Mix well and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add 3-4 tsp of the masala which we ground in the beginning.
  • Mix well.
  • Since it is roasted powder no need to cook after adding this.
  • Add 1 tsp ghee and mix well.
  • Switch off the flame.
  • Now add this to the cooked rice.
  • Add finely chopped coriander leaves.
  • Add ghee roasted cashew nuts. This is optional.
  • Mix well evenly.
  • Peas masala rice is ready to serve.



  1. The masala powder can be used while making potato curry, brinjal curry, and raw banana curry. 
  2. You can replace the peas with eggplant or capsicum too.
  3.  Peas masala rice is a perfect one for a lunch box too.