Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Mint Pulav | Pudina Rice

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Pulav is once a week fare at my place as it is easy to make and yummy to eat and also is good for lunch boxes or as a nice one pot meal for a weekend lunch.I make various kind of pulavs which I directly make in pressure cooker or rice cooker by sauteing all the masalas and rice and pressure cook together,but this pulav is bit different as the rice is prepared separately and is mixed with a masala paste which helps in retaining the fresh aroma of mint leaves and also eye-catching color.Mint is one of the most flavorful herbs and is must while making biriyanis to get that special flavor and I assure you that this pulav is truly flavorful as it is loaded with mint flavor.I like to add soya chunks to pulavs as they absorb the strong flavors of pulav and it is a pleasure to bite into those chewy flavorful soya chunks in pulavs.However if you don't prefer adding soya chunks to pulav you can go ahead with roasted baby potatoes or blanched mixed vegetables or paneer cubes instead of soya chunks and is completely your choice.
Ingredients:
1 cup Basmati rice
2 potatoes/10-12 baby potatoes or 1/3 cup soya nuggets
1 big onion,finely sliced
1/3 cup fresh/frozen peas
juice of 1/2 lemon or 2 tsp lemon juice
salt to taste

to temper:
2 tbsp broken cashew nuts
3-4 laung/cloves
1/2" cinnamon
2-3 green cardamom
1 bay leaf
2 tbsp ghee
2 tbsp oil

masala-to grind:
1 bunch(1 cup) fresh mint leaves
3 tbsp fresh grated coconut
1/2" ginger piece
6-7 green chillies
1 tsp oil
Method:
  • Wash and soak basmati rice in water for 10-15 mins and cook it until done.You can cook it in either pressure cooker with the proportion 1c-rice:1 3/4c-water or in the rice cooker 1c rice: 2c water.
  • Spread it over a plate and add a tsp of ghee all over it after spreading it,it will keep the rice granules separate.Let the rice cool completely.
  • Pressure cook soya nuggets(or potatoes) for 2 whistles or cook it on stove top.I made rice and soya nuggets in different compartments in cooker.
  • If you are using potatoes peel them and cut into cubes,if you are using baby potatoes remove the skin and prick them using fork.If you are using soya nuggets after cooking them squeeze out the water from it and keep them aside.
  • Clean and wash the mint leaves and let them drain excess water.
  • Heat a tsp of oil and add mint leaves and saute it for a minute until they wilt.Add green chillies,ginger and grated coconut and slightly warm it and let it cool completely.Grind it into a paste by adding half of the lemon juice and open the lid and keep it separately.Adding lemon juice will help in discoloration and also keep it open.
  • Heat oil and ghee in a thick bottom kadai and add cloves,cardamom,cinnamon and bay leaf and add chopped cashews and fry until light brown in color.
  • Add sliced onions and fry well until they bit dark brown in color and add fresh/frozen peas to it and fry well.
  • If you are using potatoes add them now and let them roast a bit until you get brown patches on it.If you are using soya nuggets no need to fry them much,just add them.
  • Add ground paste and fry well until the raw smell goes away.This takes a couple of minutes.
  • Add cooked and cooled rice,salt and lemon juice and mix carefully until everything is well mixed and the rice is warm.
Serve it hot with cucumber-onion raitha and papad.

Note:
  • I have used small soya nuggets in the recipe,it is your wish to add soya nuggets or potatoes in the recipe.
  • If you add lemon juice while grinding the mint leaves it will help in retaining its color.
  • You can even pressure cook the masala along with rice but I like the freshness and flavor retained by mint when sauteed separately and mixed with rice.
  • As the mint has strong flavor in taste,the bland tasting soya nuggets soak all the flavors from the mint masala and makes it extra flavorful chewy bites in pulav,so I recommend to use soya nuggets in this recipe.

65 comments:

Nithya said...

Delicious mint pulav :) So refreshing and yummmm :) Awesome clicks :) you rock

sowmya's creative saga said...

this looks so delicious..I do make mint puloa..but should try adding soya chunks next time..sounds so good..

aipi said...

Love the refreshing minty taste of this pulao ~ all your pics are stunning!
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Sudha Sabarish said...

Mint pulav is superb and the pics are really good.I too like mint pulav but never prepared till now.Will dfntly try one day.

Prabhamani said...

Rice luks Perfect!!Nice clicks dear :)

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Mint pulav with soya nuggets,wow,sounds nice and love the gren colour you have got,looks so fresh!love the set up!

Ramya Bala said...

I love mint in naything...very flavorful rice :)

Priti said...

Looks delicious ...nice clicks ...I can polish off the plate :)

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Yummy flavorful rice....lovely clicks..

Torviewtoronto said...

colourful mint rice looks delicious

Deeksha said...

Looks very very tasty! I'm hungry now :)

Hari Chandana said...

Wowww... so tempting and inviting.. delicious looking pulao.. Thanks for sharing :)
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Mélange said...

Oh my ! Who can resist that perfect bowl of rice ? I adore mint flavour.Awesome clicks as usual Prathibha !

Shobha said...

Looks so yummy and inviting.

Chandrani Banerjee said...

Pulav looks testy and tempting...

soundspicy said...

Mint rice looks yummy and tempting. Awesome Clicks and presentation.

Priya Sreeram said...

I make almost the same way except I add paneer/tofu cubes like u said- yum platter !

Vardhini said...

Yummy and flavorful. Love the aroma of mint ..

Vardhini
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Divya Vikram said...

I agree, pulaos are so easy to put together on weekdays. looks colorful and yummy.

Sharmilee! :) said...

Pulav looks fresh, adding soya nuggets and peas is a great idea....Nice setup too

Amarendra said...

Very very tempting pulao.. I can feel the freshness of mint

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

OMG!!! awesome shot Prathy... i loved that glossy white serving plate too...
i had tried mint pilaf last yr and it was a disaster,. i think i put more mint in it :0

VS said...

Refreshing!

miri goes phishing! said...

looks really fresh n' flavorsome...:)

Ambreen said...

You're making me hungry with these yummy & flavorful rice, very refreshing & tempting pics!

Kalpana Sareesh said...

its lunch time n these clicks r making me more hungry for this yummy rice..

Rani acharyulu said...

Presentation itself looks soo tempting..really delicious recipe!!

Kaveri said...

love this flavorful rice...very nicely presented

Vimitha Anand said...

Refreshing and yummy looking pulav...

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

I can feel the flavour of this pulav,love the recipe...luks delicious.

DEESHA said...

I love Pudina Pulao. looks so fresh & the green color is so vibrant

Archana said...

I am digging in. Join me?:)

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Lovely looking one. Nice recipe. Awesome bowl of fragrant green rice... YUM!

Prathima Shivraj said...

Delilicious mint pulav, perfect meal.

Food Glorious Food! said...

My sister in law just bought back a bunch of mints and this recipe is so timely! Thanks for the lovely idea!

Curry Leaf said...

Looks great. Never tried mint pulao for so long,must try this

Now Serving said...

Just DELICIOUS, Prathiba! simply LOVE the color and the cukes make it so gourmet :)

thekitchenaffaire said...

That is one yummy rice dish. I have not tried this before. I should soon :) Green is always healthy.. :)

Harini said...

Hey Pratibha, this is exactly how I make mint pulao and I like both potatoes as well as soya nuggets! This looks scrumptious!

Swathi said...

Mint pulao looks awesome perfect. I love the green color and that single grain

ANU said...

very beautiful and healthy pulav recipe... awesome clicks and great looking platter...

Arundhuti said...

So delicious and tempting...am loving the colour of your pulao..

kothiyavunu.com said...

Oh wow! superb..I can almost get the aroma here just by looking at the pics! I too have one waiting in my draft..will post it soon!

SouthIndianHome said...

Looks so delicious.Awesome clicks
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Smita Srivastava said...

The pulav looks so yummy ... jus love the simple clean styling n beautiful click too !!

Valarmathi Sanjeev said...

Flavorful and yummy pulao...looks delicious.

Neha said...

Woow, just came to ur blog via ur comment, and here on top is the recipe, which is on hot demand list by my hubby.:) Have to try it out really soon...

Jay said...

healthy n tasty..cant wait to give a try..:P
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Shobha Kamath said...

Looks delicious ! I can smell the mint too !

Sush said...

Awesome clicks Prathy! Just wanted to ask which brand of basmati rice you buy here. We moved back to Bangalore recently & I am in search of good quality basmati rice. You rice is perfect!

Laavanya said...

My recipe for mint rice is very similar but i add other veggies too. You are so right abt adding soy chunks to pulaos - flavorful and tasty.

Preeti Kashyap said...

This looks awesome and cool for summer! I love the fact that you have included nuggets!

Treat and Trick said...

Awesome dish and tempting clicks, love the addition of soya in them...

♥Aps♥ said...

Delicious mint pulav :) So refreshing and yummmmy

Rachu said...

wow wht a refreshing pulav.. love mint in anything!!

Mythreyi said...

Looks colorful and Refreshing Prathibha!! Recently We have moved to Bangalore, and might reside in Whitefield Area.

-Mythreyi

DD said...

WOW looks fantastic!!!!
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Cilantro said...

My favorite kind of Pulav. I have lots of mint in my refrigerator and I am going to try your recipe.

Plateful said...

Your styling and pictures make this simple rice dish look absolutely divine. Adding potato and soy chunks sounds too delicious, gotta try this variation!

Anonymous said...

I just made it it was so yummy thanks for the recepie :)

Ashwini said...

Hi,
Made this for lunch today....absolutely delicious....one of the best pulaos i have made....thanks to you...loved the flavour,texture,everything.....thank you.

prathibha Garre said...

@Ashwini...Happy to see to ur msg,thanks for the feed back.Do send the photos na if you try from myblog,I will feature them on the Chef and her Kitchen FB page

Anonymous said...

hi,
Today was a special day.. tried 3 of your recepies and all turned very good... Thanks for making this day more special.

regards,
kejal

Anonymous said...

Thanks.. i was looking for the mint pulao for my Christmas dinner party and I tried.. Came out good... J fernandes

Aparna Datt said...

I made this pulao today ,must admit it was out of the world. simple and tasty. Has been searching for a pulao recipe for ages but none inspired me to try , yours struck me. thnaks

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