Flavored Mint Rice (Mint Pulao)

Flavored Mint Rice (Mint Pulao)

Flavored Mint Rice

Cuisine: South Indian


  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 2 tablespoons oil

Mint Paste:

  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves, tightly packed
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, tightly packed
  • ½ onion, roughly chopped (Optional)
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated coconut
  • 1 Tsp Ginger paste
  • Green Chilli to taste (1 large or two medium)


  • ½ teaspoon black peppercorns
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 6 Cardmoms
  • 8 Roasted Cashews
  • 2 cloves
  • Bay leaves (t torn pieces)
  • 1 medium size cinnamon stick
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 medium gold potatoes (approx. ½ pound), cut into quarters OR 4 small gold potatoes (approx. ½ pound), cut in half
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons salt (omit ¼ tsp if not using potatoes)
  • ½ teaspoon Garam Masala
  • Mint leaves for garnish


  • Cook Rice ahead of time and set aside to cool completely.
  • Add all of the mint paste ingredients into a blender and puree. Set aside for now.
  • In a large skillet, heat oil in medium heat. Allow it a minute to heat up, then add the spices and stir. Once the cumin begins to brown, add the mint puree.
  • Sautee the mint puree for 4-5 minutes or until most of the liquid from the mint puree evaporates, then add the rice, water, frozen peas, potatoes, salt and garam masala. Stir it every 30secs. 
  • Once Mint pure is sauteed well (oils separates from the Mint), then add cooled Rice and mix well. Let it sit for another 2 mins without lid.
  • Plate it into large platter and Garnish as desired.

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