Pudina rice or mint rice is a rice recipe shared here along with a video and is made using mint leaves and mint is commonly called as ‘pudina’.
Mint has got several benefits for human body and is widely used as an ingredient for proper digestion.
Mint is often used for good oral hygiene and prevents from bad odors in mouth. Mint is also used to make various recipes.
Pudina is very commonly used in making heavy and rich recipes as adding them in such recipes ads taste to the dish and also improves digestion.
Pudina can be used to make many other varieties of recipes like pudina chutney which I have already shared on my blog and have also shared some more south indian chutneys such as onion tomato chutney, gongura pickle, onion chutney which go well with this rice.
Other recipes that can be made are pudina pulao, pudina paratha, pudina chicken etc… which I would like to update in my future recipes.
Pudina can’t be eaten plain but if added to some curries or drinks, it really gives a great flavor to the drinks and curries.
During summers pudina leaves are widely used as it acts as a great coolant in summer drinks.
Here, in this pudina rice, I have made it in a very simple way without using too many ingredients and it turned out delicious.
To make this pudina rice I have used mint leaves as the main ingredient and made a pudina paste using garlic and green chillies.
I have added this pudina paste into the rice and I have used cumin seeds and sliced onions to give an aromatic tempering.
I have shared a video to make this quick lunch box mint rice recipe which is one of the best and quick lunch box ideas to pack for kids lunch.
If we are in a hurry then, it hardly takes a couple of minutes to make this recipe and is a better option to carry home made quick rice recipes than eating outside food.
To make pudina rice, I have made use of cooked basmati rice here, but its an optional and it can be made using ordinary rice too and it comes out well with normal rice too.
Video procedure for pudina rice:
How to make pudina rice:
pudina rice recipe, mint rice
For cooking rice:
- 1 cup basmati rice washed well under running water
- 2 cups water
- salt to taste
To make pudina paste:
- 1 bunch of pudina leaves/mint leaves
- 3 green chillies chopped
- 5 garlic cloves
- 1/2 tsp salt/as per taste
To make pudina rice:
- 2 tbsp oil
- 1/2 tsp cumin seeds/jeera
- 2 dried red chillies
- 1 medium size onion finely sliced
- blended pudina paste
- 1/4 tsp salt if required
- 1 cup cooked basmati rice
To cook basmati rice:
- In a cooking vessel, add 1 cup washed basmati rice, add 2 cups water, salt to taste, cook the rice until it is completely done and place aside for later use.
To make pudina paste:
- In a blending jar, add fresh mint leaves, green chillies chopped, garlic cloves, salt to taste.
- Blend all these ingredients into a fine paste.
Making of pudina rice:
- Take a pan or a wok, into it add oil and heat it.
- Add cumin seeds, let it pop up.
- Add dried red chillies and saute for few seconds on low flame.
- Add sliced onions, cook them until they turn slight golden in color.
- Add the pudina paste into it, add salt if required, mix and cook on low flame until oil leaves the sides.
- Add the cooked basmati rice into the pudina gravy and mix everything well.
- Cook the pudina rice for 2-3 minutes on low flame.
- Pudina rice or mint rice is ready to be served.
- Serve ith with any chutney or pickle.
2. Use normal rice or ordinary rice if basmati rice is not available.
3. Do not use any tomatoes and just keep it as simple as mentioned in the recipe to get the perfect pudina rice flavors.