Pudina Rice Recipe

The Pudina Rice Recipe is a flavorful, refreshing rice dish made with mint leaves which can be served with a raita for a comforting meal. A must try simple one pot dish which can be easily packed into your kids lunch boxes.

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The Pudina Rice Recipe also known as Mint Pulao 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.

Serve Pudina Rice along with Tadka Raita or Beetroot Raita and Elai Vadam  for your lunch or you can also pack it in your lunch box.

If you like this recipe, you can also try other Rice recipes such as

  1. Lemon Rice Recipe
  2. Hyderabadi Vegetable Biryani
  3. Spinach Rice Recipe

Course: Lunch
Diet: Vegetarian
Prep in

10 M

Cooks in

40 M

Total in

50 M


4 Servings


  • 1 cup Rice
  • 2-1/2 cups Mint Leaves (Pudina)
  • 3 Green Chillies , slit
  • 1 teaspoon Tamarind Paste
  • 1 Onion , finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu)
  • 1 teaspoon White Urad Dal (Split)
  • Salt , to taste

How to make Pudina Rice Recipe

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Or to cook rice in a pressure cooker follow Steamed Rice Recipe - Pressure Cooker.

  4. while the rice is cooling we will make the pudina masala.

  5. Wash the pudina leaves. Using a mixer grinder, grind the pudina leaves along with the green chillies and tamarind into a smooth paste.

  6. Heat the oil 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.

  7. Once done 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.

  8. Transfer Pudina Rice into a serving bowl.

  9. Serve Pudina Rice along with Tadka Raita or Beetroot Raita and Elai Vadam  for your lunch or you can also pack it in your lunch box.