Mint rice (Pudina rice)

In summer, there is always plentiful of mint leaves in my back garden. I use the mint leaves by preparing chutneys or making pulao. Another dish I make out of mint is mint rice, a mint flavoured rice in a south Indian style. This is good and easy to pack for lunches for busy moms. Mint rice is prepared with fresh mint leaves chutney and then tempering along with a dash of lime or lemon juice in the end. The lime/lemon juice brings out more flavour and taste to the mint rice.

Preparation time: 5 mins (excluding rice cooking time)

Cooking time: 10 mins

Cuisine: South Indian

Spiciness: Mild

Serves: 1

Ingredients

    For chutney

  • Mint leaves – 1 cup full or 25 gms
  • Ginger – 1 tsp
  • Green chillies – 2
  • Salt - as required
  • Tempering/tadka

  • Oil/ghee – 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Chana dal – 1 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1 tsp
  • Green chillies (slit) – 3
  • Dry chillies – 3
  • Curry leaves – 20
  • Cashew nut – 10
  • Hing – 1/4 tsp
  • Cooked rice – 2 cups
  • Additional ingredients

  • Mint leaves (optional) – 10 to 15

Method

  • Slice the onions, slit the green chillies and keep it ready.
  • Soak 1 cup rice in water for about 30 mins. Drain rice and keep aside.
  • Cook the rice in sufficient water (any method you are comfortable with). Keep the cooked rice ready.
  • I have used only 2 cups of cooked rice. Allow the rice to cool and let the rice be fluffy. Left over rice is also good.
  • Grind the mint leaves along with ginger, green chillies and salt to a fine paste.
  • Heat any non-stick vessel and add ghee/oil. When hot, add mustard seeds, dry chillies, chana dal, urad dal, curry leaves, green chillies and cashew nuts. Sauté on a medium flame until the urad dal turns light golden in colour.
  • Add onions, few mint leaves and sauté until the onions are soft and transparent.
  • Add the ground chutney and salt as per taste. Stir well. Cook for about 2 to 3 mins or until the raw smell of the chutney goes away. The colour of the chutney changes.
  • Add the cooked rice immediately and mix well. Keep the flame low while mixing.
  • Add lemon juice and mix well. Close the lid and simmer for about 5 to 8 mins.
  • Serve hot with any side dish you like or even just with crisps.

Notes

  • You can grind chutney to a coarse paste or fine paste.
  • Add salt appropriately if you have added salt in the rice.
  • Add lemon juice as per your taste.
  • You can add peanuts instead of cashew nuts.
  • Add green chillies as per its hotness.
  • Either add the rice immediately after adding the green mint chutney to the pan and mix it or fry the chutney for a few mins until the colour of the chutney changes to a pale green colour. Both give different taste but both taste good. I prefer the cooked one.
  • The colour of the rice varies as to how much quantity of rice you have added to the chutney.
  • I have used ponni boiled rice. You can use ponni raw rice or any plain rice, which is not fragrant. If not, you can use basmati rice.

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