March 29, 2013

Pudina Pulao

This is a simple yet flavorful dish which is great to pack for lunch. I am, in fact, planning to post a series of lunch-box-recipes that I have mastered in recent times :D. Off late, almost every day I am packing lunch box for Krishna, all of them are one pot meals!
Simple. Quick. Flavorful.

Here comes the first one in the series. Pudina rice..


  • Basmati Rice - 2 cups ( wash and soak for 15 minutes)
  • Fresh Mint leaves - 1 cup (tightly packed)
  • Fresh Coconut (grated) - 3 tbsn
  • Cashew Nuts (optional) - a few
  • Green Chilies - 3 (more or less based on required spice level)
  • Onion - 1 (finely sliced length wise)
  • Ginger-Garlic paste - 2 tsp
  • Oil / Ghee
  • Salt - 1 1/2 tsp 
  • Whole spices: cloves - 3, cinnamon - 1 inch, bay leave - 1, cardamom - 1, star anise - 1, shajeera - 1/4 tsp


  1. Cook the rice and keep aside. Do not cook rice to be mushy, each grain should be separate.
  2. Take the mint leaves, green chilies and coconut in blender and make a paste.
  3. In a pan, heat oil and ghee. Do not over heat or the spices will be burnt. Add shajeera followed by all other spices. Add cashews if you like them.
  4. After a couple of minutes add the onions and saute till they turn translucent. Then add ginger-garlic paste and fry for another couple of minutes.
  5. Add the blended paste of mint-coconut-chilies, fry on medium to low flame for around 5 minutes, until the raw smell goes. Add salt to taste.
  6. Add the cooked rice to it. Combine everything well. This is the time to adjust the salt as per the taste.

Eet-smakelijk! / Bon-Appetit! / Enjoy!