Minty veg pulao - Pudina rice recipe

Indian Basmati Rice Recipe

This Minty veg pulao - Pudina rice recipe may be cooked as a one dish meal as well as a main dish on special occasions as well as for parties.

It is a good dish to take to office or school for lunch. It can be served hot, warm or at room temperature.

It is a rice and vegetables dish, flavored with mint - pudina. Dry fruits, spices and herbs  are used along with rice and vegetables.

It can be served by itself as well with tomato raita, boondi raita or cucumber raita.

I used the vegetables my family usually likes, such as green beans, carrots and green peas. You may also add potatoes, capsicum, cauliflower.

I am using basmati rice - Indian long grained flavored rice for this as it adds to the taste and looks to this mint pulao. But you may also use any other rice that you usually use. The taste and looks will change accordingly.

How to make mint vegetable pulav - Pudina rice

Main ingredients for mint vegetable pulao - Pudina rice

Basmati rice
Mint - pudina

Ingredients for vegetable biryani to Serve 2- 3

  • Basmati rice - 1 cup
  • Onions - 1/2 cup sliced thin
  • Cashew nuts - 5-6
  • Tomatoes - 1/2 cup finely chopped
  • Mixed vegetables (beans, carrots etc.) - 2 cups
  • Ghee or vegetable oil - 2-3 tbsp
  • Salt to taste

Ingredients to grind to a paste:

  • Garlic - 4-5 cloves
  • Mint leaves - 1/2 cup
  • Coriander - 1 tbsp chopped
  • Ginger - 1/2 inch piece
  • Green chili - 2 or more, according to taste
  • Poppy seeds - 1 tsp
  • Cinnamon - 1 inch stick
  • Cloves - 4-5
  • Onion - 1 small

Step by step instructions for making mint pulao - pudina rice:

Preparation for making mint veg pulao

  1. Add rice to a bowl and wash 2-3 times or till water runs clear. Keep aside for about 30 minutes.
  2. Grind the ingredients given for grinding. Keep aside.
  3. Chop beans, carrots and (any other vegetables you are using).
  4. Slice onions thin.

Cooking mint pulao

  1. Heat the ghee/oil in a deep pan or kadai. Keep heat medium.
  2. Fry the cashew nuts, remove onto a plate.
  3. Add jeera - cumin seeds and bay leaves to ghee. Fry for a few seconds.
  4. Add the onions, fry for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add beans and carrots and fry for 3-4 minutes. Add any other vegetables if adding.
  6. Add the ground mint/chili paste and fry for 5 minutes or till oil starts floating on top.
  7. Add 2 cups of water. Bring to boil.
  8. Add the tomatoes and the washed and soaked rice.
  9. Add salt and sugar.
  10. Cover with a lid and cook on low flame for 5 minutes.
  11. Remove lid and mix carefully. You will see how the rice has puffed up. Add a tablespoon of water only if needed and cover again and cook till rice is just done. The vegetables will also cook within that time.
  12. Keep covered till serving time.

Serve hot or warm with cucumber raita, tomato raita and papadam.

I am sure you and your family will enjoy this mint pulao recipe.


You may use a mix of ghee and oil.

Basmati rice breaks easily when it is cooked, so handle carefully.

You may keep this in fridge for 2-3 days. Heat and serve when you want.

 Serve Vegetable Biryani with:

Cucumber Raita

Tomato Raita

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