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Pudina rice Recipe with step by step photos. Pudina rice is a fragrant, spicy and tasty one-pot dish made with mint leaves and some more spices-herbs.

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Mint (pudina in hindi), is a fragrant herb Used in Indian cuisine in different ways. This simple and easy mint pulao has mint leaves as one of the main ingredients.

Besides mint leaves some coriander leaves, coconut, onion, green chilies and whole spices are also added. Thus the final result is A spicy flavored green-colored mint rice with lovely flavors and tastes very good. it is not only tasty but also healthy.

It is best served with some plain yogurt or onion-tomato raita or boondi raita.

Few notes for making pudina rice

    • The time for cooking varies the quality of rice and soaking time. Just soak the rice for 30 minutes and then drain it. If the rice is soaked for a longer period of time, then they become mushy while cooking.
    • If you do not soak the rice, then you have to increase the amount of water as well as the pressure cooking time. For best results, it is better to soak rice for 30 minutes.
    • To make it more nutritious, you can also add veggies like peas, carrots, beans to make the dish more healthier. Usually, I add peas or both peas & potatoes.
    • I have it made in the pressure cooker, but you can also easily make it in a pot. If making in a pan or pot, increase the amount of water to 2.5 cups or more if required.

How to make pudina rice

1. Rinse the 1 cup basmati rice (200 grams) till the water runs clear of the starch. Soak the rice in water for 30 minutes.

rice for mint pulao recipe

2. After 30 minutes, drain the rice and keep aside.

drained rice for mint rice recipe

3. Meanwhile, when the rice is soaking, prep the other ingredients. Take 1 cup chopped mint leaves, ½ cup chopped coriander leaves, ½ tsp chopped ginger, ½ tsp chopped garlic, 1 or 2 chopped green chilies, 1 tbsp chopped coconut or 2 tbsp coconut milk or grated coconut, 1 tsp coriander seeds, ½ tsp cumin seeds in a chutney grinder or small wet grinder. If you do not have fresh coconut, then you can also add 2 tbsp desiccated coconut instead.

mint spices for mint rice recipe

4. Add 2 to 3 tbsp water and grind to a smooth paste. Add more water if required while grinding.

mint coriander paste for mint pulao recipe

Making pudina rice

5. Heat 2 tbsp oil in the pressure cooker. Add the following whole spices – 1 inch cinnamon, 1 tej patta (Indian bay leaf), 2 green cardamoms, 3 cloves, 2 to 3 single strands of mace and a small piece of stone flower (stone flower is optional). Though if you have then do add. Stone flower or kalpasi give a nice earthy flavor to biryanis and pulaos. Fry the spices for some seconds till they become aromatic.

frying spices to make mint pulao recipe

6. Add sliced onions. About 1 medium onion which has been thinly sliced.

onions to make mint pulao recipe

7.  saute till the onions start to turn golden.

sauting onions for mint pulao recipe

8. Then add the ground mint paste.

add mint paste to make mint pulao recipe

9. Add ¼ tsp turmeric powder and ¼ tsp red chili powder. Stir and saute the masala paste for a minute or two.

making mint rice masala

10. Then add chopped potatoes and green peas. About 1 small to medium potato, chopped, 1 small tomato, chopped and ¼ heaped cup fresh or frozen peas. Stir.

add peas to make mint rice recipe

11. Add the drained rice and stir gently. The oil should coat the rice grains well. Stir & saute for a minute.

rice for pudina pulao recipe

Cooking pudina rice

12. Add 1.5 to 2 cups of water. Stir well. i added 2 cups since I had used organic basmati rice and we prefer the rice grains to be cooked well. 1.5 cups will give an al dente texture and can be added for the regular Indian brands of basmati rice.

water for pudina rice recipe

13. Add salt. Stir again.

salt for pudina pulao recipe

14. Cover the lid tightly and pressure cook pudina rice on a high flame for 2 to 3 whistles till the rice grains are cooked. When the pressure settles down on its own, remove the lid and gently fluff the rice.

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15. Serve pudina rice hot with plain curd (yogurt) or with onion-tomato raita or spiced boondi raita.

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Pudina Rice

4.74 from 15 votes
Pudina rice is a fragrant, spicy and tasty dish made with mint leaves and some more spices-herbs.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 45 mins

Cuisine Indian
Course: Main Course

Servings 3 to 4
Units

Ingredients

for the mint paste

  • 1 cup mint leaves, chopped,
  • ½ cup coriander leaves, chopped (cilantro leaves)
  • 1 to 2 green chillies, chopped
  • ½ inch ginger, chopped or ½ teaspoon chopped ginger
  • 3-4 garlic, chopped or ½ teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 1 tablespoon chopped coconut or 2 tbsp grated coconut or 2 tbsp coconut milk (you can also add 2 tbsp desiccated coconut if you don't have fresh coconut)
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 to 3 tablespoon water for grinding or add as required

other ingredients

  • 1 cup basmati rice or 200 grams basmati rice
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 small cardamom
  • 1 inch piece of cinnamon
  • 1 small to medium tej patta (indian bay leaf)
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 small tomato, sliced (optional)
  • 1 small to medium potato, peeled and chopped
  • ¼ cup heaped fresh or frozen peas
  • 1.5 to 2 cups water
  • salt as required

Instructions

preparation

  • Rinse the 1 cup basmati rice (240 grams) till the water runs clear of the starch. Soak the rice in water for 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes, drain the rice and keep aside.
  • Meanwhile, when the rice is soaking, prep the other ingredients. 
  • Take 1 cup chopped mint leaves, ½ cup chopped coriander leaves, ½ tsp chopped ginger, ½ tsp chopped garlic, 1 or 2 chopped green chilies, 1 tbsp chopped coconut or 2 tbsp coconut milk or grated coconut, 1 tsp coriander seeds, ½ tsp cumin seeds in a chutney grinder or small wet grinder.
  • Add 2 to 3 tbsp water and grind to a smooth paste. Add more water if required while grinding.

making pudina rice

  • Heat 2 tbsp oil in the pressure cooker. 
  • Add the following whole spices - 1 inch cinnamon, 1 tej patta, 2 green cardamoms, 3 cloves, 2 to 3 single strands of mace and a small piece of stone flower (stone flower is optional). 
  • Fry the spices for some seconds till they become aromatic.
  • Then add sliced onions. About 1 medium onion which has been thinly sliced.
  • Saute till the onions become golden. Then add the ground mint paste.
  • Add ¼ tsp turmeric powder and ¼ tsp red chili powder. Stir and saute the masala paste for a minute or two.
  • Then add chopped potatoes, tomatoes and green peas. About 1 small to medium potato, chopped, 1 small tomato, chopped and ¼ cup fresh or frozen peas. Stir.
  • Add the drained rice and stir gently. The oil should coat the rice grains well. Stir & saute for a minute.

cooking pudina rice

  • Add 1.5 to 2 cups of water. Stir well.
  • I added 2 cups since I had used organic basmati rice and we prefer the rice grains to be cooked well. 1.5 cups will give an al dente texture and can be added for the regular indian brands of basmati rice.
  • Add salt. Stir again.
  • Cover the lid tightly and pressure cook mint rice for 2 to 3 whistles till the rice grains are cooked.
  • When the pressure settles down on its own, open the lid and gently fluff the rice.
  • Serve pudina rice hot with plain curd or with onion-tomato raita or boondi raita.

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  1. Hi Dassana,

    Prepared no onion and garlic version as we don’t use them at home, just like one reviewer has commented. It’s truly awesome with a rich spicy, nutty flavour. Yet another winner from you. Hats off!

    1. hi hamsa, thank you for this lovely feedback. glad to read it. onion and garlic can be skipped in this pudina rice recipe. thanks again and happy cooking.

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