This rice is also popular in Saravana Bhavan Restuarant on thursdays here in Singapore for lunch. Heard its very tasty.
Basmati Rice - 1 1/2 cups
Patani/Green Peas - 1/2 cup(I used frozen peas)
Garlic - 2 cloves(chopped)
Onion - 1 no (chopped)
Sombu/Saunf- 1/4 tspn
Jeeragam/Cumin seeds - 1/2 tspn
Ghee and Oil - 2 tspns(If you are health conscious can avoid ghee)
Kothamalli/Cilantro - 1 cup(chopped or leaves)
Green Chilli - 4 nos(According to your taste)
Inji/Ginger - 1" piece
Grated Coconut - 2 tspns or a small piece
Garlic - 4 cloves
Pattai/Cinamon - a small piece
Elakka/Cardamom - 1 no
Star Anise - 1 small piece
Wash and soak Basmati rice for 1/2 n hour in water.
Heat oil and ghee in a pressure cooker. Add the fennel seeds and cumin seeds wait till it crackles.
Add the finely chopped onions and garlic. Saute till its brown.
Add the ground paste and saute till the raw smell goes off in low flame.
Add the basmathi rice and saute for few minutes. Add 2 + little cups of water, salt and allow it to boil.
Add green peas at this time. Mix well. check on salt.
You can do dum(click here) and cook or close the lid and pressure cook for 1 or 2 whistles
Serve with Plain curds/yogurt or raita.