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 flavour of basmati rice as well as masala. I have made this mint pilaf ample of times, and this one is always loved by all.


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.


Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

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

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Lakshmi Venkatesh said...

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

Chitra said...

Very nice. drooling ')

Prathibha said...

love this one...looks yummm

Nalini's Kitchen said...

yummy and flavorful pulao.

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The recipe ingredients looked so simple that I wasn't expecting something, so flavorful. I really enjoyed it! Thanks, for sharing this recipe!

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maha said...

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

InspiRAWtion said...

Looks good ;)

Spice up the Curry said...

pulao looks delicious and yumm

Padhu said...

My favorite pulao .Looks yummy

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Mamatha Reddy said...

very tasty
pudina rice mint pulav

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I like this healthy recipe because the mint is good for our health

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

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Neela Manogar said...

Looks delicious. I like mint flacour.

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Yummy :)

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The mint masala palav is nice and wonderful. Thanks. Clickcocktail

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