Updated: Jan 25
Mint Rice is a delicious and fragrant Indian dish made with rice and mint leaves. “Pudina” is the Hindi word for mint leaves. Mint leaves are used widely over Indian cuisine to prepare chutneys, curries, biryanis and many rice recipes
This is also a perfect lunch box and meal prep recipe which can be prepared in a jiffy. You can also add vegetables like potatoes, peas, carrot, beans and cauliflower to make it more wholesome.
Ingredients for the Mint Paste
Coriander Leaves - 1 Tablespoons (optional)
Mint Leaves - 8-10 Tablespoons
Ginger - 1 Inch
Garlic - 3 cloves
Green Chilies - 2-3
Ingredients for the overall rice
Oil - 2 Teaspoons
Mustard Seeds - 1 Teaspoon
Urad Dal or Black Split Gram - 1 Teaspoon
Cashews - 2-3 Tablespoons
Garlic - 4-5 cloves
Green Chili - 1
Onion - 1 Small
Mint Paste - 5 Tablespoons
Cooked Rice - 250-300 Grams
Salt - 1 and Half Tsps or as per taste
Juice of half a lime - Optional
Step 1 : Prepare the Mint Paste
To the blender, add coriander leaves, mint leaves, ginger, garlic, chilies, water and blend.
You can prepare this in a big batch and store upto 7-10 days in the refrigerator
Step 2 : Prepare the tempering
Heat a pan, and add oil, followed by mustard seeds and urad dal - once they start to crackle, add cashews and cook till they are golden
Then add finely chopped garlic and cook for 2 mins.
Add slit green chilies and finely chopped onion and cook just for a minute. Remember we are not going to cook the onion for a longer time just for 2-3 mins so they have some crunch and it will add such great flavor to the rice
Add the Mint Chutney or paste to the pan and cook for 3-4 minutes over medium heat and add the cooked rice followed by salt.
Mix everything well and top it up with some lime juice but it’s optional
Also always toss the rice never overmix it
This is a perfect recipe when you have leftover rice
Do try this at home and share your feedback in the comment section
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