Today i have for you all South Indian style Pudina Rice Recipe…which is very delicious and a perfect one pot dish for the busy lifestyle . Popularly called Pudina pulao and mint rice too . Made with fresh pudina leaves / mint leaves .. this pudina rice recipe is very flavorful . If you want to cook something delicious yet simple and quick this pudina rice is perfect . Its apt for quick meal / partys / lunch box / any occasion . Pair it up with some raita .. a bowl of hot flavorful pudina pulao is all gone ….
Pudina rice is basically made from grinding Mint ,green chillies , onion ,ginger , garlic and other spices . Its later roasted to make it more flavorful . One can add veggies to make it more tasty or skip and do it plain too . Addition of cashews is also optional . So are you ready to see step by step recipe for making pudina pulao .. here you go .. Do check the video too …
Wash and soak rice in water for 20-30 mins. Drain water completely.
Meanwhile .. take all the ingredients mentioned under "Masala " to a mixer jar.
Add very little water and grind to a smooth paste . Masala for pudina rice is ready .
In a pressure cooker heat oil + ghee together. Once its hot, add cumin seeds and bay leaf . Once its splutters , add sliced onion . Saute till they are golden brown . If you are adding cashews .. add now and saute .
Next add chopped tomatoes and little salt . Saute till tomatoes are mushy .
Add ground masala at this stage to the cooker and continue to saute till raw smell goes . After the masala is fried , add chopped mixed veggies like beans , carrot , potatoes , peas etc . Add salt to taste and Saute for 1-2 mins
Add soaked drained rice and saute for 1-2 mins . This will help in bringing out nice aroma from the rice.
Add 2 cups warm water , squeeze lime and mix well . Once the water starts boiling ,close the lid and keep the flame to medium . Cook for 2 whistles and switch off the flame.
Once the pressure releases,gently fluff it up using a fork.Serve the delicious Pudina rice hot hot with any raita of you choice
Basmati Rice to water ratio i follow is 1: 1.5 . If using normal rice you can maintain 1 : 2 1/2 ratio.
If you are using basmati rice ,cook for 1 whistle , keep on sim for abt 5-8 mins. Switch off. For normal rice , cook for 2 whistles on medium flame.Basmati rice will cook quickly.
Instead of peas you can also add corn /hyacinth beans etc.