Spicy Potato Mint Pulav

Potato Mint Pulav is a simple rice dish made with fresh mint/pudina & potatoes. Its quick & easy to make in an Instant Pot & is spicy & appetizing to taste.
Course: Main Course, rice
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Author: Priya Lakshminarayan


  • 2 cups Basmati rice
  • 1 bunch mint leaves
  • 7-8 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp ginger paste
  • 3 green chillies
  • 3/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 4-5 peppercorns
  • 4 cloves
  • 1-2 bay leaf
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup edamame or green peas
  • 3 Idaho Russet Potatoes
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp coriander cumin powder
  • salt as required
  • mint leaves for garnish
  • 3 cups water


  • Firstly, wash basmati rice 2-3 times in running water and then soak it in cold water for 30 minutes. After which, drain the water and keep it aside for now. Meanwhile, prepare the masala base. Add mint leaves, coconut, onions, garlic, ginger and green chillies in a blender and make a puree by adding little water. Now turn on the Instant Pot and press 'Saute' mode. Add ghee to the pot and once its hot, add cumin seeds, bay leaf, cinnamon stick, cloves and peppercorns. Fry for 45 seconds and then add chopped cilantro, edamame and continue to saute for another minute. You can use green peas if edamame is not available. Then add the ground mint paste and fry this masala for a good 2-3 minutes. Next add the dry spices like turmeric powder, garam masala and coriander cumin powder along with potato cubes. Give it all a good mix and then add the soaked rice, water and salt. Stir this and turn off the Instant Pot. Secure the lid, close the pressure valve and cook for 8 minutes at high pressure in manual mode. Naturally release pressure for 10 minutes, then open the valve to release any remaining pressure. Ta-da! Spicy Potato Mint Pulav is done! Serve this rice dish hot. Some accompaniments that pair well with it are pickles, papad and/or any raita.