Dun Thel Bath | Ghee Rice with Green Peas


The theme for this week is Sri Lankan cuisine. When I picked this theme, I did not know that the cuisine is very similar to Indian, more specifically South Indian cuisine. Because the country is an island, there must be coconut trees in plenty which is reflected in the cooking too. The same goes for the seafood as well. There is an influence of Malaysian and few other South east Asian cuisines as well which makes the Sri Lankan table a multi flavoured one.

This dish is a ghee (clarified butter) rich rice with green peas which is similar to the Indian Peas Pulao. It is slightly differentiated with the addition of raisins in plenty. I have reduced the raisins and added some cashews because the daughter loves it and she is having an increasing amount of say in what is cooked everyday. This rice pairs beautifully with any vegetable but we had it with some homemade plantain chips which was absolutely lipsmacking.


Serves 2-3

Recipe adapted from here


1 1/4 cups Basmati rice
2 cardamons
2 cloves
1 tsp cumin seed
2 tbsp ghee
1 cup green peas
2 tbsp Cashews & raisins
Salt & Water


  • Cook the rice with 2 cups water and set aside
  • Cook the green peas in hot water for 5-7 minutes and set aside
  • Heat the ghee in a heavy bottom pan
  • Add the cardamons, cloves and cumin seeds and fry for about a min
  • Add the green peas and fry for 2-3 minutes on medium heat
  • Add the rice and salt and mix well.
  • Turn off the heat after 3-4 minutes
  • Serve hot
  • Enjoy!


This is my post for the Blogging Marathon under the theme, ‘Sri Lankan Cuisine’.


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15 Comments Add yours

  1. What a simple and comforting rice dish this is! Will be great with any kind of curry on the side.

  2. usha says:

    Ghee rice with peas is simple yet flavorful rice. I am assuming the next recipe is what you served this rice with.

  3. love this simple rice dish – good with any curry

  4. Love the flavor of ghee rice and the aromatic spices in there. With a spicy gravy this rice is heaven on earth!!

  5. Priya Kumar says:

    This ghee rice taste delicious even without any side dish. Looks tempting.

  6. Simply Tadka says:

    Lovely and very comforting rice recipe.. good option for lunch menu.

  7. Priya Suresh says:

    Such an easy, flavourful and inviting ghee rice. Am sure when served along with spicy curries, this rice makes an excellent feast.

  8. Padmajha PJ says:

    Same pinch Sowmya.The kids have more say on what is being cooked!Must try this dish as it sounds so easy and something that my kids will eat without complaint.

  9. Pavani says:

    Such a simple and flavorful rice dish that is. Looks very delicious.

  10. I am loving this varied version of our neychor, without any garam masalas in it! Must try it for the girls next time I make neychor, though they may sit and remove off those peas in it! 😀

  11. Srivalli Jetti says:

    Yes the cuisine is much like our own, infact many recipes I had to drop out because it was almost the same..this is a lovely rice and I am eyeing that banana chips, looks so inviting both together!

  12. Sapana Behl says:

    I always wonder ho some recipes are similar in different cuisines. Rice looks yummy with peas.

  13. Suja Ram says:

    Love this Ghee Rice with peas and it goes very well with any Curry or just a Chips or Papad.

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