Mint rice is a very refreshing and satisfying one pot meal which can be prepared in a jiffy and also an ideal lunch box recipe.My mom used to make this often when we were kids and in fact we used to have it for dinner also when we run out of tiffen ideas.Mint rice tastes delicious with a simple raita and I like to eat just like that even without a side dish.It is quite similar to coriander rice but has an intense mint flavor and awesome taste.I added the whole garam masala for tempering as my son always prefers any variety rice in pulao style.You can omit it and yet the Mint rice tastes yummy.
If you like the recipe please free to drop a comment below.Your comments encourage me to do more.Thank you!
Other rice varieties on my blog are:
- Hyderabadi Vegetable Dum Briyani
- Bisibelebath/Sambar rice
- Quick capsicum rice
- Coriander rice
- Curd rice
Preparation time :20 mins
Basmati rice-2 cups
Chopped onion-1 no
Ghee -1 tbsp
Bay leaves-2 no
Cinnamon-3 small stocks of 1/4th of an inch
Cashews broken-6 to 7
To be Grind to a paste:
Mint leaves-1 small bunch
Coriander leaves-few strands (1:4=coriander:mint)
Small onions-6 to 8 nos
Ginger -1 inch
Garlic -5 to 6 cloves
Tamarind-a small piece
Grated coconut -3 tbsp
Green chillies-3 (increase or decrease according to your need)
1.Soak the basmati rice in 3 cups of water and cook them till they are soft,fluffy and separate(cook for 2 whistles along with the soaked water).
2.Grind mint,coriander,ginger,garlic,small onions,green chillies,tamarind and coconut to a fine paste.
3.Heat oil in a wok,add bay leaves,cardamom ,cloves and cinnamon .After a minute,add the cashews and fry till they are golden brown.
4.Add the chopped onions and sauté till they are transparent.then add the ground paste and keep sautéing till the raw smell goes off .
5.Add the cooked rice,salt and ghee and then mix well .make sure you don't make the rice mushy .switch off the flame and serve the mint rice with Raita or potato curry or applam/chips.