Friday, November 25

Mint pulao / Pudina rice

Rice can be cooked in so so many different ways, and pulav is something that's easy to make, and really nice as a one pot meal for lunch/ dinner. I mostly prefer cooking rice separately and then mixing it with masala, so it has nice flavor of basmati rice as well as masala. I have made this mint pilaf ample of times, and this one is always loved by all.
This is a full proof recipe which always amuse my visitors, family and friends and everyone keeps asking for more.


Basmati rice 1 cup
2 tbsp cashew nuts,broken
3-4 cloves
1/2" cinnamon
2-3 green cardamom
1 bay leaf
Onion,1 big,finely sliced
Fresh/ frozen peas 1/3 cup
2 tsp lemon juice
2 potatoes, boiled or 1/2 cup soya nuggets,soaked in hot water
2 tbsp ghee
1 tbsp oil
Salt to taste

1 bunch (1 cup) fresh mint leaves
3 tbsp fresh grated coconut
1/2" ginger piece
6-7 green chillies
1 tsp oil


Wash and soak the rice in water for 10-15 mins(soaking enhances the aroma of basmati rice) and cook it until done.
Spread the rice over a plate, adding a tsp of ghee all over it ,it will keep the rice granules separate.Let it cool .
Cut potatoes in small cubes(/ squeeeze excess water out of soya nuggets, and set aside).
Clean and wash the mint leaves and let them drain excess water.

Heat a tsp of oil, add mint leaves and saute it for about a minute until they wilt.Add green chillies,ginger and grated coconut and cook it a bit.
Let it cool and then grind it into a paste. Add half of the lemon juice. Adding lemon juice will help retain bright green color of mint.

Heat ghee in a thick bottom pan. Add cloves,cardamom,cinnamon and bay leaf, then add chopped cashews and fry until light brown in color.
Add sliced onions and fry until they turn a bit dark brown in color and then add peas to it and fry well.
Add potatoes/ soya nuggets now and let them roast a bit(brown patches on potatoes/ soya nuggets)
Add ground paste and fry well until the raw smell goes away.This takes a couple of minutes.
Lastly add cooked and cooled rice,salt to taste and lemon juice and mix carefully until everything is mixed well.
Serve hot with raitha.


Can replace potatoes/ soya nuggets with paneer cubes or baby potatoes instead.
I have also tried it with dry dissected coconut too, and i came out equally well.


Saraswathy Balakrishnan said...

Very tempting and delicious mint son would be glad if he's served with that bowl of pulao:)

Taste of Saras Kitchen

Kitchen Chronicles said...

Pulao looks nice. I always like Adding Mint to Rice, it tastes great.

Chitra said...

Very nice. drooling ')

chef and her kitchen said...

love this one...looks yummm

Nalini's Kitchen said...

yummy and flavorful pulao.

Aarthi said...

yummy..This looks awesome..First time here..I am your new follower

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Aarthi said...

1st time here..tasty one


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very healthy n tasty pulav.......can feel d favour.

InspiRAWtion said...

Looks good ;)

Spice up the Curry said...

pulao looks delicious and yumm

Padhu Sankar said...

My favorite pulao .Looks yummy said...

Pudina Rice yummy... I will make this one...

Unknown said...

Looks delicious. I like mint flacour.

Usha said...

Yummy :)

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