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Pea and Mushroom Pilau

1 lb / 2 1/4 cups basmati rice
1 Tbsp oil
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
2 black cardamom pods
2 cinnamon sticks
3 garlic cloves, sliced
1 tsp salt
1 medium tomato, sliced
2/3 cup button mushrooms
1/3 cup petits pois (small green peas) or garden peas
3 cups water

Wash the rice well and leave it to soak in water for 30 minutes.

In a medium heavy-based saucepan, heat the oil and add the spices, garlic and salt.

Add the tomato and mushrooms and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes.

Drain the rice and add to the pan with the peas. Stiry genly, aking sure that you do not break up the grains of rice.

Add the water and bring to a boil. Lower the heat, cover and continue to cook for 15-20 minutes.

Serves 6

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