Pudina Rice Recipe (Spicy Mint Pulav)
The Pudina Rice Recipe also known as Mint Pulav is a refreshing dish made from mint leaves. The Pudina Rice is among the all-time favorites dishes of my kids and makes its way into the lunch box with ease along with bowl of yogurt. The addition of pudina makes this rice dish nutritious as well.
Makes: 4 to 5 servings
Total Time: 40 Minutes
1 cup rice (long or short grained)
2-1/2 cups Pudina leaves (without any stem)
3 green chillies, slit
2 inch piece fresh tamarind
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 teaspoons oil
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 teaspoon halfed white urad dal
salt to taste
To begin making the Pudina Rice Recipe, we first have to cook the rice. I most often like to use a day old rice for making Pudina rice, but you can cook fresh rice as well.
Cook the rice with 2 cups of water along with a little salt and a tablespoon of oil until all the water is absorbed. Allow the cooked rice to rest for a while and use it to make the Pudina Rice only after it has completely cooled down.
Wash the pudina leaves. Using a food processor, grind the pudina leaves along with the green chillies and tamarind into a smooth paste.
Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed pan on medium heat; add the mustard seeds and allow it to crackle. Stir in the urad dal and roast it until it turns light golden brown. Add the onions and saute until the onions turn translucent.
Now add the ground pudina mixture and salt. Give it a stir and let it cook for 5 minutes until the mixture turns a little thick. Turn off the heat and finally stir in the cooked rice to this mixture until well combined. Check the salt and spice levels and adjust to suit your taste.
Serve the Pudina Rice hot with raita and papad. You can also pack this rice into the kids lunch box along with a bowl of yogurt.
The journey of cooking has been a wonderful learning process for me, till this moment. It was all trial & error when i started off. I love cooking and my family & friends love my masterpieces :). As a family we do not restrict ourselves to any particular cuisine. As long as its vegetarian, its fine. That said, my culinary experiments have no geographical boundaries. Be it, Indian/Italian/American/ Mexican or Thai , to me, its all about crafting a dish with love and lots of it