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Mint Pulao | Pudina Pulao

Whenever I have limited time to pack a lunch or prepare a quick meal, I prefer pulao and variety rice recipes. They are healthy and filling and also convenient for working women and bachelors. If you do most of the prep work in advance, like cutting the vegetables or cleaning the leaves, you can prepare them quickly in the morning rush.

Mint or pudina pulao is one such simple and refreshing one pot meal. The rice is induced with a flavor of mint leaves and whole spices, making the pulao very aromatic and flavorful. It is perfect to pack for lunch boxes for kids and adults, along with raita and any vegetable stir-fry to make a complete meal. Let's see how to make this easy and delicious mint / pudina pulao.


{ Rice cooked with mint leaves and flavored with whole spices }
Serves 2-3


1 cup basmati rice
1 large onion, sliced
Pinch of turmeric powder
Salt to taste

To grind:
1 cup mint leaves, tightly packed
¼ cup coriander leaves, tightly packed
4-5 green chillies
3 garlic cloves
½ inch ginger
2 tbsp grated coconut
¼ tsp fennel seeds / sombu / saunf
2 tsp lemon juice

For the tempering (tadka):
1 tbsp oil
2 tsp ghee
1 inch cinnamon stick
1 bay leaf
1 star anise
4 cloves
1 cardamom


1. Wash rice and soak it in water for 30 minutes. Drain and set aside.

2. Grind mint leaves, coriander leaves, green chillies, ginger, garlic, coconut, fennel and lemon juice to a smooth paste adding very little water.

3. In a pressure cooker, heat oil and ghee. Add cinnamon, bay leaf, star anise, cloves and cardamom. Fry for few seconds.

4. Then add onions and fry until they become soft. Add the ground paste, turmeric powder and fry for 3-4 minutes.

5. Add rice, 1½ cup water, salt and gently combine everything. Pressure cook for 1 whistle and then turn the heat to low and cook for 5-6 minutes.

6. Once the pressure subsides completely, open and gently fluff the rice with a fork.

Notes and Tips
  • You can also cook this in an open pan. To cook in pan, follow steps 1-4. Add rice, water, salt and gently mix. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium and cover and cook until rice is done.
  • You can also use leftover rice in this recipe. After frying the mint paste, add the rice, salt and gently combine everything.
  • Adjust the quantity of green chillies according to your spice preference.


  1. The rice looks yummy..lovely colour and perfect background..

  2. Looks so inviting:) Perfect for these winters :)

  3. lovely minty rice...happy to follow you , please visit my space too

  4. My favorite one pot meal so easy and more filling loved it

  5. Love anything with mint in it! This looks lovely:)

  6. wow beautifully pictured mint pulao, looks so green and perfectly separated grains..

  7. Mint pulao looks dleicious very nice

  8. Flavor packed & healthy one pot meal.. nice pics too.

  9. love the bright green color... yum...

  10. wonderful preperation!! i love the flavors.

  11. yummy and flavourful rice!! lovely clicks :)

  12. looks delicious dear .......

  13. Lovely recipe, Lovely Pics...
    Love to follow you!

    Would be glad if you visit my space too.. :)

  14. Wow this mint pulao looks superb!!! the rice grains are perfectly cooked..

  15. So perfectly done, very delicious and tempting with the raitha and cauliflower curry..

  16. Simple and delicious.......

  17. Can imagine the flavor,looks so yummy

  18. Healthy and flavorful pulao.. very nicely made..

  19. mint pulao looks so green and delicious.. lovely presentation and pics dear..

  20. flavorful n delicious one pot meal..looks yummy!

  21. Sona that gorgeous green pulao is so swoon! Love the bowl.


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