Pudina rice recipe- made with fresh pudina or mint leaves. You can call it a spicy one pot meal. It has rice, pudina and veggies too. So you can call it ?Mint rice? or ?Pudina pulao?It can be packed for lunch box too. It is always a winner when I wanted to prepare a special meal.
Mint is also called as pudina in various Indian languages, is often used to flavor chutney, Indian curries and biryani.
It is super easy to make, much easier than Biryani and flavorful too. Besides mint I have used coriander leaves and coconut to this mint rice. To this spicy green colored rice, I have added whole spices, onion, peas and potatoes. You can also add different veggies like carrots and beans to make it healthier.
You can serve Pudina rice hot with raita or curd/plain yogurt.
Step by step recipe of Pudina rice:
Rinse 1½ cup Basmati rice till the water runs clear of the starch. Soak the rice in water for about 20-30 minutes.
After 30 minutes drain the rice and keep aside.
Meanwhile, when the rice is soaking, prep the other ingredients. Pluck and wash mint and coriander leaves, drain them and keep aside. Chop fresh coconut, we will need 2 tbsp. of it. Chop 2 green chilies, 2-3 cloves of garlic, 1 inch piece of ginger. Take all of these ingredients along with ½ tsp cumin seeds and 1 tsp coriander seeds in a chutney grinder or a wet grinder.
Add 3 tbsp water and grind to a smooth paste. Add more water if required. I added ¼ cup water while grinding.
Heat 3 tbsp. of oil in a pressure cooker pan. Add the following whole spices- I to 2 inch cinnamon, 3-4 cloves, 2 green cardamom, 2 tej patta. Fry the spices for few seconds till they are aromatic.
Then add thinly sliced 1 large onion. Saute till the onions become golden.
Add the ground mint paste. Fry on a medium to low flame for about 2 to 3 minute.
Add ¼ tsp turmeric and ½ tsp red chili powder. Stir the masala for a minute.
Then add ½ cup green peas, 1 medium chopped tomato and 1 small chopped potato.
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