Flavourful Pea Pulao with Lemon (25 Min, Vegan) - Hurry The Food Up

Flavourful Pea Pulao with Lemon (25 Min, Vegan)

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Flavourful and playful pea pulao. Try saying that with a mouthful. Or don’t. Just focus on the sweet, soft onions and delicate flavours instead.

It’s a light dish, but you won’t feel hungry after. The fibre takes care of that. The dish itself has been around for thousands of years – it’s even mentioned in the histories of Alexander the Great.

So it must be…great!

It’s literally limitless in variety and could contain any number of a broad swathe of spices, along with whatever vegetables, dried fruits, meat or fish you fancy.

Ours is vegetarian of course, and can certainly be made vegan with the removal of the honey (replace it with agave nectar, or slow cook the onions).

Right now, our favourite variety is this pea version. It’s a dish of contrasts – green peas against sweet onions, crunchy peanuts against soft raisins, lemon against honey.

Health Benefits – Flavourful Pea Pulao with Lemon

This ancient dish is rammed with fibre. Just one serving contains nearly half a day’s recommended intake – and most Americans never reach their target.

Fibre is great in so many ways – not only does it keep you feeling full (so you eat less other shit), but it also protects against some of our biggest enemies – heart disease and diabetes (Life-Saving Fibre).

It contains no cholesterol but is very high in vitamin B6 (normally found in meat and fish), which is important for an active and healthy mind (Brainy B6).

Throw nearly two thirds of your vitamin C GDA into the mix as well and you’ve got a beast of healthy meal. No wonder it’s been eaten for centuries.

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Flavourful Pea Pulao with Lemon

Flavourful Pea Pulao with Lemon. A zesty yet sweet, light but filling rice dish handed down through generations.
Course Mains
Cuisine Indian, Vegetarian
Time 25 minutes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 730kcal



  • Dice the onion.
  • Chuck the olive oil to the pot then the diced onion. Let it simmer a little.
  • Add the honey, tumeric, cumin and salt. Stir.
  • Add the peanuts, peas and raisins. Let is simmer for a minute or two.
  • Add vegetable broth and the rice. Stir a little.
  • Then stick the lid on top and let it simmer for about 15 minutes until the rice is done.
  • Meanwhile get a bowl for the dressing.
  • Grate in the garlic and lemon zest (make sure to wash the lemon well beforehand!).
  • Add the lemon juice and vinegar.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • When the rice is done, you’re done. Add the dressing.
  • Enjoy!


Add any veggies you want to pep up the recipe. Broccoli fits well.
Basmati rice isn’t the healthiest choice as it’s processed. It’s arguably more flavourful than brown rice, but switch it if you wanna be really healthy. Keep in mind that brown rice needs about 25 minutes to cook (basmati 15) and requires more broth.
The dish has quite a bit of natural sugar (about 30g per serving). If you want less, we’d suggest leaving out the honey. You can slow cook the onions for a nice caramelised effect.
Make it vegan: Use maple syrup instead of honey.


Nutrition Facts
Flavourful Pea Pulao with Lemon
Serving Size
444 g
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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About Hauke Fox

I'm always on the lookout for these damn smart recipes. You know, those that only take a few minutes to put together and taste delicious. Vegetarian Cooking at home is a way to take back control over what I eat. I don't like what many companies do to animals and the environment with their products.


  1. 5 stars
    Yummy! This sounds fantastic.

  2. 5 stars
    I prepared this rice today. I followed the recipe to the point and it turned out great. It is excellent! Loved the flavour!

  3. 3 stars
    I prepared this rice today. It was good however it was to sweet ( I didn’t add maple syrup and reduced raisins).Definitely my winners are Chickpeas curry and Fake Lo Mein.

    • Oh no! The pea pulao is one of my personal faves – but I guess everybody likes it different! I normally put extra raisins in too :D. Thanks for writing Alice, I’m sure others will find the reduction ideas useful!

  4. 5 stars
    The whole family liked this delightful dish

  5. Very new to all this. Going to try eating more veggies less meat for a while ,in my late 60’s..saw you online so signed up for reg emails.

  6. 5 stars
    This dish with its lemony, tangy intensity just made my day!

    • Yay! I love this one too, Evi. And whenever I’m reminded about it I get a sudden urge to make it. I wonder if I have all the ingredients to hand now that you mention it 😀

  7. Made this for dinner tonight for the first time and my 5 year old and 1 year old even loved it! Easy to make and so tasty!!

  8. 5 stars
    I didn’t have any peas (discovered this 1/2 thru making it – so much for mis en place!) so I used a very small head of cauliflower. Yummy! Thanks for the recipe.

    • Haha, yes, it’s always a surprise to find you’re out a key ingredient halfway through – I’ve done the same myself plenty of times! Cauli sounds like a great sub, I bet it worked well with the lemon. I’m glad you enjoyed it, Moo!

  9. I made this tonight to go with my grilled tandoori inspired chicken and it was a hit! I did make some moderations which I think really worked well:

    I really love Indian spices, so I added a tsp each of ground coriander seeds, caraway seeds, fennel seeds along with a bay leaf, a few cloves, a few green cardamom pods in addition to the cumin and tumeric, to my oil. I used grapeseed oil instead of olive oil. I fried the spices till everything smelled really fragrant, then I added my onion and about a tsp of fresh grated ginger as well and sauteed everything until the onions were soft. Instead of honey I used a little date syrup, and because my youngest hates peanuts I substituted them with almonds.

    Everything else I kept the same. It was absolutely delicious!

    • Ah sounds lush! I’m also a big Indian spice fan (I tried chaat masala for the first time today and it was great). The subs you made for the pulao sounds great. Whenever I read a comment about this dish I get a craving for it. Glad you enjoyed it, and thanks for writing!

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