Pudina rice recipe | mint rice | pudina pulao | mint pulao

Pudina rice recipe | mint rice | pudina pulao | mint pulao


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I love recipes made from fresh herbs. Because they transform a simple dish into a super delicious one, just by their presence. Fresh mint or pudina, dill, cilantro or coriander and parsley are my favorites. Pudina leaves are used in many Indian recipes in order to give a distinct flavour, and they are considered to be one of the most popular herbs in India. Pudina is a fragrant herb widely used in Indian cuisine to make chutney, Curry, Biriyani, Pulao and so many other rice dishes.

Today, I am going to show you how to make an easy and flavorful pulao recipe made with mint leaves, coriander leaves and mixed vegetables. It is a very tasty and easy lunch box recipe from fresh pudina leaves which can be served as it is or with curds or raita.
Pudina rice/pulao or you can call it as mint rice has a cool refreshing taste. Hence it is a very popular recipe in Indian cuisine. 

Cuisine: South Indian
Servings: 4
Preparation: 10 Minutes
Cooking Time: 15 Minutes 
Type: Lunch, Dinner or Lunch box.
Served with: Raita, Dahi or gravy.

Healthy Pudina rice recipe | mint rice | pudina pulao | mint pulao

Main Ingredients:

    Pudina or Mint: Half bunch
    Rice: Two bowls
    Coriander: A handful
    Green chilies: Three to four (As per the spiciness)
    Onion: One big 
    Garlic: Four to five cloves
    Ginger: Half inch
    Kadi patta: one string
    Carrot: One small
    Beans: Half bowl
    Potato: One big
    Shimla Mirch: One small
    Cauli flower: half bowl
    Oil: Four tea spoon
    Salt: As per taste
    Water: As per the rice used.
    Tempering ingredients: Mustard, jeera, Hing, white sesame and kadi patta.

Dry Masalas:

    Cinnamon: One inch
    Cardamom: three to four
    Poppy seeds: One tea spoon
    Cloves: three to four
    Bay leaf: One


  1. Wash and soak rice for half an hour.
  2. Wash all the vegetables and cut them into small pieces.
  3. Wash pudina and coriander.
  4. Slice the onion and remove skin from the garlic.
  5. Cut or grate the ginger.

Making masala paste:

  • In a mixer jar add pudina, coriander, onion, green chilies, garlic, ginger and all the dry masalas.
  • Add half tea spoon salt and very little water and grind it to a fine paste.

Making of pudina rice recipe | mint rice | pudina pulao | mint pulao

  1. In a pressure cooker add four tea spoons of oil. 
  2. Once it is warm add tempering ingredients and splutter them.
  3. Add cut vegetables and sauté them for one to two minutes.
  4. Add soaked rice after draining the water and sauté for two minutes or until rice becomes dry.
  5. Then add the pudina masala paste and mix it well. Sauté for two minutes or until the raw smell goes. 
  6. Add four to four and half bowls of water. (Water measurement is based on the rice you are using. Some variety of rice need more water and some require very little water to cook)
  7. When water starts boiling add salt as per the taste and cover the lid.
  8. Cook for two to three whistles.
  9. Serve hot with plain curds or raita. You can have it as it is. 

Pudina rice recipe | mint rice | pudina pulao | mint pulao in step by step photos..

Take two bowls of rice. Wash it and soak for half an hour.


Wash and cut vegetables into small pieces.


Take dry masalas, Pudina, Onion, coriander, green chilies, garlic, ginger and salt.


In a mixer jar grind all the wet and dry masalas to a fine paste.


In a pressure cooker put three-four spoons of oil and add tempering ingredients. Splutter them.


Add cut vegetable and sauté for two minutes.


Add soaked rice and sauté for two minutes. Then add ground masala paste and fry until raw smell goes.


Add water as required by the rice variety used. bring it to boil, add salt and cook for two to three whistles.



Serve hot with raita or curd. Or have it as it is.

Health Benefits of Pudina or Mint leaves.

  1. Pudina is a very healthy herb which has multiple health benefits. It is full of antioxidants. This property of pudina is good for blood flow, it also relaxes muscles and calms anxiety and stress.
  2. Pudina pulao is highly beneficial during indigestion as it is a good source of antioxidants and phytonutrients.
  3. It is also served for common cold or running nose problem. 
  4. Mint leaves are good source of vitamin and minerals which are beneficial in helping to improve the immunity and keeps safe from inflammation.


What is Pudina rice or Pulao?

Pudina rice recipe or pudina pulao (mint pulao) is a healthy rice recipe which is prepared very easily.  Pudina leaves are grounded with coriander and whole masalas, green chilies and then added to rice and other vegetables and pressure cooked.  This pulao recipe can be served as it is or with plain curds or even with onion tomato raita.

What can be made from Pudina?

Pudina is a fragrant herb which is widely used in Indian recipes to make chutney, curry, biryani, pulao and  a lot of rice dishes.

Is Pudina cold or hot?

Pudina or  mint plant has a chemical called menthol .Menthol is the substance which gives pudina a unique flavor. Menthol acts as a cooling agent in our body. So pudina is considered as cool or cold.

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