Mint Rice

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Mint in English is pudina in Kannada and konkani. We use it in a few wet masalas and in preparing Pudina Chutney . It is also an important ingredient in green chutney for Pani Puri water. Pudina enhances the taste of the dish if added in the right amounts but its good to remember that some people have an allergy for the strong aroma of Pudina.

The recipe I am putting up today is a very popular one, something I have seen on several blogs. With this post I am adding one more to the already vast pool of Mint Rice.

What you need to have:

1. Basumathi rice – 1 cup

2. Chopped Carrots – 1/4 cup

3. Green Peas – 3/4 cup


Basumathi Rice

11-1-2009-033 Chopped Carrots and Green Peas

Ingredients of Seasoning:

1. Onions chopped – 1/3 cup

2. Cardamom – 3

3. Cinnamon – 2 pieces

4. Cloves – 2

5. Cashews – A few

6. Kishmish – A handful

7. Almonds -A few

8. Fennel seeds – 1 Teaspoon

11-1-2009-027 Ingredients of Seasoning

Ingredients of Wet masala:

1. Fresh Mint leaves – 1/2 cup

2. Coriander leaves – 1/4 cup

3. Green chilly – 2

4. Garlic pods – 2-3

5. Bilimbi – 2-3

11-1-2009-025 Ingredients of Wet Masala

What you do with what you have:

1. Wash and dry Basumathi rice on a piece of dry cloth and keep aside.

2. Wash, eal and chop carrots very fine as shown in the image above. Wash, peal and chop onions lengthwise and slit cashews, almonds and kishmish. ( You might want to clean kishmish to remove the sharp stems.

3. Place cooker with 4-5 teaspoons of cooking oil in it on medium flame. when heated add fennel seeds to it and add crushed cardamom, cloves, cinnamon one by one and when fried add chopped onions from step 2 to it.

4. When onions turn transparent add cashews, Almonds, kishmish one after the other.

5. Grind the ingredients of wet masala shown in the above image in the grinder to a smooth consistency adding a little water.

29-1-2009-119 Ground Wet Masala

6. Add the ground wet masala to the fried onions from step 4 and stir for about 3-4 minutes till it gives a pleasant aroma. Add chopped carrots, green peas from step 2 to it and fry for 2-3 minutes.

7. Add Basumathi rice from step 1, water and salt and pressure cook for about 15 minutes.

Ready to serve Mint rice is as shown in the image below. It can be relished with any salad or even just like.


Ready to serve Mint rice

Good to remember:

1. I have used Blimbi for wet masala but if  it is not available one can even use fresh green tomatoes or tamarind also. I prefer Bimbli since they add to the pleasant green color.

Number of servings: 4-5 people

How long it takes: 40 minutes


9 thoughts on “Mint Rice

    Pavithra Kodical said:
    February 23, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    Mint pulao tastes great.Using bilimbi is new to me.

    prathibalrao responded:
    February 25, 2009 at 2:28 am

    Hi Pavithra,

    To retain the colour and flavour of certain dishes i normally add either Bilimbi or the raw Tomatoes.

    sujatha said:
    April 14, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    what is bilimbi in telugu …
    any idea

    prathibalrao responded:
    April 15, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    Hi Sujatha,

    You can refer to my recipe” Brinjal Masala” on this blog , wherein i have put up the Bilimbi tree bearing fruits, so that you can get a clear picture about it. Just go thru it.

    Haru said:
    August 30, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Dear Ma,
    We made this dish over the weekend along with kadhi. It turned out delicious and much appreciated by everyone in the family. Thanks for putting up these innovative one pot meals. Look forward to perfecting this and trying out the others.

      prathibalrao responded:
      August 30, 2011 at 1:44 pm

      Hi dear Haru,

      You are really gre8. Being a professional you are doubly interested in cooking trying out new recipes in limited time available. Keep it up.

    Radha G.Rao said:
    September 2, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Bilimbi wat’s calling dis in kannada

      prathibalrao responded:
      September 4, 2011 at 8:12 am

      Hi Radha G.Rao,

      It is called “Bimbuli” in kannada.

    […] used in daily menu in a lot of dishes these days. I have already put up Mint Rasam, Mint Chutney, Mint Rice/Pulav and also I sometimes use it in some wet masalas while preparing other pulav to get a unique taste […]

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