Wednesday 29 January 2014

Pudina Rice/Mint Rice

Hello friends,

Today I am posting a very simple, healthy and quick lunch box recipe – Mint rice/Pudina rice. Clean the mint leaves the previous night and keep it in the refrigerator and in the morning you can finish off this rice in no time and pack a healthy lunch for your kids, husband or even for yourself.
Here’s how to make Pudina Rice/Mint Rice with step by step photos….


Basmati rice
2 cups
2 sliced lengthwise
8 -10 cloves
Green chillies
4 slit lengthwise
Green peas
1 cup [optional]
As needed
Lemon juice
From ½ lemon

For Tempering
1 tbsp
Cinnamon sticks
Fennel seeds
½ tsp
Bay leaves
Cashew nuts
6 [optional]
 For Grinding

Mint leaves
One big bunch
1 cut to cubes
Green chillies
2 inch piece
One small marble size ball
Preparation time: 15 minutes      
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Serves: 4-5

Pluck all the mint leaves from the stem; soak the mint leaves in water for couple of minutes to get rid of the mud. Wash them thoroughly with water for 2 -3 times and drain the water.

Grind the ingredients mentioned under grinding with very little water and keep it aside.

Wash and soak the basmati rice for 15 minutes.

Heat oil in a pressure cooker, add cinnamon sticks, cloves, cumin seeds, cashew nuts and fry until nice aroma fills the room.

Now add the onions, garlic cloves, green chillies, salt and sauté well until they turn translucent.

Add the green peas and sauté for another couple of minutes.

Now add the ground paste and stir really well for another 3-4 minutes. Add about 3 cups of water, lemon juice and let it come to rolling boil. [Adjust the amount of water depending on the mint paste in the cooker, if you think you have some water in the ground paste then add just 2 ¾ cup of water]

Add the basmati rice, salt and close the lid, wait for one whistle and switch off the stove.

Super delicious, healthy and aromatic Mint/Pudina rice is ready to be enjoyed. Serve it hot with just a bowl of yogurt of raita.

I have used basmati rice for which the water ratio is always 1:1 ½ [rice: water], if you are going to use raw rice then the water ratio is 1:2 ½ or 3 [rice:water] depending on the quality of rice.

I have added peas which is totally optional.

When grinding the mint paste, if you have added more water than adjust the amount of water when you add it to cook the rice.

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  1. Though simple.. its so flavorful n addictive that u crave fr more...

  2. Nice, healthy and flavorful recipe!!

  3. easy and healthy lunch box recipe.. looks too good.. :)

  4. So flavorful and aromatic rice, sounds delicious.

  5. love the way this rice looks... so yum...

  6. Looks really awesome.I love this flavour.

  7. Pudina and peas both my favourites make me drool

  8. wow wow such an tempting and flavorful rice :) looks very very delicious priya !!

  9. Simple and perfectly cooked Priya..

  10. love mint and going to try this for sure.

  11. This looks yummy, I have never seen pudhina rice
    Keep in touch

  12. Yum to another fav of mine and that chilies on top is another attraction.

  13. Flavourful n healthy one pot meal!!

  14. Healthy yummy Mint Rice. So tasty rice my family favourite dish.

  15. Such a flavourful plate of pudina rice...who will not fall for it... I am drooling here

  16. I am wondering how good the aroma was :)

  17. flavorful and aromatic one pot meal..

  18. So full of flavours..I can smell the freshness of the mint ..looks yumm...first time here..happy to follow you..


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