Pudina (Mint) Pulao

Pudina (Mint) is one of those herbs that adds a fresh and aromatic flavor to any dish it is a part of. And if the dish itself revolves around ‘Pudina’ it makes it even better. Here is a simple recipe for ‘Pudina Pulao’ which combines the aroma of mint leaves, Basmati rice and whole garam masala spices filling the whole kitchen with a refreshing fragrance. Served with Raita it is an easy yet fancy meal for any day.

Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 25 to 40 mins

Serves: 3 or 4

Recipe

Ingredients –

– Pudina leaves – 1 bunch – 1n1/2 cup

– Basmati rice – 2 cups

– Onion – 1 medium sized

– Green chillies – 4

– Bay leaves – 2 or 3

– Cinnamon stick – 2

– Anise stars – 2

– Cloves – 4 or 5

– Cardamom – 3 or 4 – cracked open

– Cumin seeds – 2 teaspoons

– Ginger-garlic paste – 1 teaspoon

– Salt – 1n1/4th teaspoon

– Cashews – a handful

1. Separate the mint leaves from the bunch and give a quick rinse under running water. Drain all the water and roughly chop the leaves.

2. Turn on the pressure cooker or electric rice cooker and add 3 to 4 teaspoons of oil. Add all the whole garam masala (bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, cloves, anise, cardamom and cumin seeds) and cashews. Saute for a minute. Add finely chopped green chillies and onions. Saute for atleast 5 to 6 mins until the onions are translucent. Add ginger and garlic paste and saute for another minute.

3. Now add chopped pudina and saute for a a couple of mins. Add washed and drained basmati rice to the cooker along with 3and1/2 cups water and salt.(To cook regular rice I use the rice:water ratio of 1:2 but for pulao I usually add a little less so that it doesn’t get mushy.)

5. Mix it well and cook the rice until done. Serve warm.

Enjoy this super fragrant and flavorful ‘Pudina Pulao’ with raita for a wholesome meal!