Pudina rice – How to make pudina rice or mint flavoured rice or mint pulao recipe – Indian rice recipes

Pudina rice or mint flavoured rice is a flavourful rice dish made with rice, pudina leaves and spices.  This rice dish is very refreshing and tasty and can be had on its own or accompanied with raita, plain curd or any simple curry.  Pudina pulao also makes up for an ideal lunch box dish as it is not only easy but can be made quickly too.  Besides pudina leaves,  also coconut, coriander leaves, ginger, garlic and green chillies are added to give a nice spicy  and delicious flavour to this rice dish.

If you are looking for more pudina or mint recipes, then do check :

Mint lemonade

Mint or pudina chutney


Prep Time :  10 mins

Cooking Time : 20 mins

Yield : 2-3 persons

Indian cuisine


Basmati rice – 1/2 cup

Water – 1 cup

Onion -1 (chopped into long pieces)

Tomato – 1 (chopped into medium pieces)

Green peas – 2 tablespoons – (frozen or fresh peas)

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Red chilli powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Salt as per taste


Pudina/mint leaves – 1/4 cup

Coriander leaves – 1/4 cup

Coriander seeds – 1 teaspoon

Garlic cloves – 5

Ginger/adrak – 1/2 inch sized roughly chopped

Coconut – 1/4 cup (grated or chopped pieces)

Green chillies – 2


Ghee or cooking oil – 2 tablespoons

Cumin seeds or jeera – 1/4 teaspoon

Star anise – 1

Cloves or lavang – 2

Small cardamom – 1

Tejpatta or bay leaves – 1


Wash and soak the basmati rice for half an hour.  Then drain the water and keep the rice aside.  Grind the pudina leaves, coriander leaves, coriander seeds, garlic cloves, ginger and green chillies with little water to a make a smooth paste.

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Keep the ground paste aside.  Heat the ghee or oil on medium flame in  a small pressure cooker.  Add cumin seeds, star anise, cloves, bay leaves and cardamom and stir fry for a minute or two.

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Now add chopped onions and saute till they become translucent.  Then add chopped tomatoes and cook till the tomatoes  become little soft.

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Once the tomatoes are cooked, add the ground paste and mix well. Add red chilli powder and turmeric powder and mix again.  Cook for another 2 minutes on a low flame.

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Add the green peas and combine together

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Add 1 cup of water and salt.  Close the pressure cooker with its lid and cook for 2 whistles.  Once the pressure is cooled down, gently fluff the rice and transfer to a serving bowl.

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Serve healthy pudina rice or pudina pulao hot or warm with papad, raita or as a light lunch or dinner.



You can also add little garam masala for an enhanced flavour.

You can cook this rice dish in an open pan on a low to  medium flame, till the rice is completely cooked.

Amount of water added to cook the rice will depend on the age and type of the rice.  Hence add water accordingly.


2 Responses to Pudina rice – How to make pudina rice or mint flavoured rice or mint pulao recipe – Indian rice recipes

  1. Deepak.M.P says:

    yours recipes are wonderful , my request is to please provide me recipes in kannada language

    • Charulata says:

      Thank you for liking the recipes…You can try using the google translate option by clicking on the ‘Select language’ option on the top right side of the website. Hope this is useful to you..

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