Saturday, October 4, 2014

Mint rice / Pudhina satham



Mint rice
Mint rice


I have no vegetables at home but I have one bunch of mint leaves sitting in my fridge. Wanted to make a quick lunch recipe preferably rice with mint. So I made this one pot meal, "Mint rice" for lunch. Mint leaves has a unique flavor and aroma and when it blends with spices, the end result will be awesome. 

Mint rice is very easy to make and a quick rice dish to be served with any stir fried veggies or a simple onion raita. This mint pulao will definitely make the meal richer. Try out this easy mint rice recipe and share your feedback in the comments section below.

Ingredients (serves for 2)


Basmati rice - 1 1/2 cups [ 1 cup size = 150 ml ]
mint leaves - 1 fist full (for grinding) + 10 leaves (tempering)
dry red chili - 2
garlic - 3 pods
oil - 3 tsp
cumin seeds - 1 tsp
cinnamon - 2 small sticks
curry leaves- 2 sprigs
onion - 1/2 (Use the remaining half for making raita)
tomato - 1/2
salt - as needed
garam masala - 2 tsp
chili powder - 1/2 tsp (optional)
water - 2.5 cups

Method:


  • wash and soak the basmati rice for 20 minutes 
  • grind dry red chilies, garlic and 1 fist full of mint leaves to a smooth paste
     
  • chop onion and tomato
  • heat a pressure cooker with oil and add cumin seeds, cinnamon sticks and 1 sprig of curry leaves
  • once it splutter, add chopped onion and 10 mint leaves
  • saute till the onion becomes transparent and then add chopped tomato
  • saute it for a minute and then add the grounded mint paste
  • cook it for 2 minutes and then add salt, garam masala
  • mix well and then add 2.5 cups of water
  • You can add 1/2 - 1 tsp of chili powder if you want more spice. Adjust salt, spice according to your taste
  • bring it to boil and then add the soaked basmati rice and 1 sprig of curry leaves
     
  • mix well and pressure cook it for 1 whistle
  • once the pressure is released, mix the rice using a fork and serve hot with raita or any other fried veggies.

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