To make Pudina Rice / Mint Rice / Pulav, follow this step-by-step easy to make recipe. This aromatic Vegetable Rice is flavored with mint leaves, pistachios, spice & herbs. Mint leaves have a natural refreshing flavor, which when combined with coconut, other spices & rice make a very appetizing one-pot meal.
First step is to prepare the rice for the pulav. Rinse and then soak basmati rice in water for 30 minutes. Drain the water and add fresh water to cook the rice in a rice cooker. Once cooked, allow it to cool a bit and then spread the rice onto a plate. Drizzle a tbsp of ghee over it and mix lightly. This will ensure that the rice grains are separated and grainy. Then dry roast mint leaves, coconut flakes, green chillies, garlic and ginger. Roast till the coconut flakes turn light golden. Take it off the flame and allow it to cool down completely. Then blitz to make smooth paste. Dry roast pistachios in the same pan for 30 seconds. Crush them coarsely with a mortar and pestle.
Heat ghee in a wok. Temper cumin seeds, once they splutter, add the crushed pistachios. Fry for 30 seconds and then add the chopped onions. Saute them till they turn translucent. Next add the ground mint paste and continue to fry for a minute or two. Then add all green veggies like green peas, French beans and bell peppers along with salt. Saute till they are cooked. This could take 2-3 minutes if using frozen veggies, else 8-10 minutes for the beans to cook. Next add dry spices like chilly powder and coriander cumin powder. Mix and saute for 30 seconds and then add the cooked rice and garam masala. Mix it all together so that the masala coats the rice well.
Since the rice is already cooked, you need not cook it for long. Take it off the pan and garnish with some chopped pistachios and mint leaves. Serve this warm with a side of raita and papad.