It is important not to overcook the rice initially or the whole thing will turn into a mush. Those confident with microwave cooking can do the entire dish at one go. First cook rice uncovered with water, oil, pounded spices, salt, then add the peas, cashews and coriander and cook covered for the last 5 to 7 minutes of the cooking time. Stir once.
Being no great fan of fresh coriander, it didn't come as a surprise that I was less than overwhelmed with this, but most of my dinner guests loved it, so I adjusted my star-rating accordingly! - 24 Jul 2012