Pudina Pulao or Mint Pulao is a very popular dish, especially in South India. You’ll find that this pudina pulao recipe is one of the easiest rice dishes to make and the flavours of this dish are simply fabulous. If you’re looking at making a simple and quick lunch or dinner, give this Pudina Pulao recipe a try, you don’t have to make too many accompaniments either, a simple and tasty Cucumber Raita or Tomato Onion Raita will do the trick. Do try and let me know. Will you?
For this Pudina Pulao, first a refreshing and flavourful Pudina Masala is made using fresh mint leaves, coriander leaves, chopped onions, chopped ginger, garlic, chilli and freshly grated coconut. All the ingredients for the masala are mixed in a blender to form a smooth paste. A little water can be added to the paste if required. Next some vegetable oil is heated in a pan and to this cumin seeds, cloves, black peppercorns and cashewnuts are added and fried until the cashews turn slightly brown. To this chopped onions and chopped tomatoes are added and fried. Then the pudina masala is added in and cooked along with potatoes, carrots, beans and peas for a few minutes. To this aromatic vegetable and masala mix, the rice is added along with water and salt. The rice is allowed to cook on low heat for a few minutes.
Once cooked, it’s best to serve this pulao hot with some raita. If you have pre-cooked rice, you could also use that and mix it in with the masala and vegetables. I love the mix of simple flavours in this pulao; simple ingredients are used to make this quick mint pulao. Also do try the Veg Kashmiri Pulao recipe that we have on the blog after you try this Mint pulao. It’s quite delicious too.
It’s a great pulao to make on a busy day, you could also pack this for the kiddos. What’s great about this pulao is the mix of different vegetables, rice and the delicious masala that go in to make it a complete meal in itself.
We are using a lot of pudina in this recipe and the key is to get hold of some really fresh mint leaves. The refreshing flavour of the pudina just adds the right amount of zest to the whole dish. It’s not too heavy on the stomach and it’s also not too spicy, so it’s a very versatile pulao that’s going to be loved by all.
Pudina Pulao, Mint Pulao
Pudina Pulao, Mint Pulao
Pudina Pulao or Mint Pulao is a South Indian Style rice recipe made using fresh mint leaves and spices. You can pair it with a raita or curry.
For Pudina Masala
- 1 cup Fresh Mint Leaves Tightly Packed
- 2 tbsp Fresh Coriander
- 1/4 cup Onion Chopped
- 1 inch Ginger Chopped
- 5-6 Garlic
- 2-3 Green Chilli
- 1/4 cup Fresh Coconut Grated
For the Rice
- 4 tbsp Vegetable Oil
- 1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds
- 2-3 Cloves
- 4-5 Black peppercorn
- 8-10 Cashew Nuts
- 1/2 cup Onion Sliced
- 1/4 cup Tomato Chopped
- 1/4 cup Potato Peeled and cubed
- 1/4 cup Carrot Chopped
- 1/4 cup Bean Chopped
- 1/4 cup Peas
- 1 cup Golden Harvest Sona Masuri Rice
- Salt to taste
Add the ingredients to make Pudina masala in a blender and blend to make a smooth paste.
Add little water if required.
Keep the paste aside.
Heat vegetable oil in a pan.
Once the oil is hot, add cumin seeds, cloves, black peppercorn and cashew nuts and fry until cashew nuts turns slightly browned.
Add onion and fry for 2-3 minutes.
Add tomato and cook for 2-3 minutes.
Add the pudina masala and cook for a minute.
Add potato, carrot, beans and peas and fry on high heat for 2-3 minutes until the masala is dry.
Add rice along with 2 cups of water and salt to taste and mix gently.
Cover the pan and cook the rice on low heat until all the water is absorbed and rice is cooked.
Serve hot with raita.
I have made this recipe in collaboration with Golden Harvest. To check more recipes click here.