Pudina Rice Recipe | Mint Rice Recipe

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Pudina Rice Recipe or Mint Rice Recipe is a flavorful rice recipe with Pudina and Mixed Vegetables.

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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 Pudina Rice 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 or Mint Rice has a cool refreshing taste. Hence it is a very popular recipe in Indian cuisine. 

Pudina Rice Recipe
Pudina Rice Recipe

Cuisine: South Indian

Servings: 4

Preparation: 10 Minutes

Cooking Time: 15 Minutes 

Type: Lunch, Dinner or Lunch box.

Served with: Raita, Dahi or gravy.

Main Ingredients:

Pudina Rice:

  • Pudina or Mint: A 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
  •     Cauliflower: half bowl
  •     Oil: Four teaspoon
  •     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 teaspoon
  • Cloves: three to four
  • Bay leaf: One

Making Pudina Rice Recipe:


  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 the 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 a teaspoon of salt and very little water and grind it to a fine paste.

How to make Pudina Rice Recipe:

  1. In a pressure cooker add four teaspoons 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 a half bowls of water. (Water measurement is based on the rice you are using. Some variety of rice needs more water and some require very little water to cook)
  7. When water starts boiling add salt as per the taste and covers 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

40 Minutes

Washing and Soaking Rice

Washing nd Soaking Rice

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

Cutting Vegetables

Cut Mixed Vegetables

Wash and cut vegetables into small pieces. Here I have taken Carrot, Potato, Shimla Mirch, Cauliflower and French Beans. You can add veggies of your choice.

Making Masala Paste

Making Masala Paste for Pudina Rice

Take dry masalas like Cinnamon, Cardamom, Poppyseeds, Cloves, Pudina, Onion, coriander, green chilies, garlic, ginger and salt.

Making Masala Paste

Pudina Paste for pudina rice

Add all the ingredients to a grinding jar and grind to make a fine paste.

Making Tempering

Making Tempering

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

Sauteing Vegetables

Sauteing Vegetables

Add cut vegetables to the tempering and sauté them for two minutes.

Adding Rice and Roasting

Roasting Rice with veggies

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

Adding Water

Water added to the rice

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

Pudina Rice

Pudina Rice

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 that 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 a common cold or running nose problems. 
  4. Mint leaves are a good source of vitamin and minerals which are beneficial in helping to improve the immunity and keeps you safe from inflammation.


What is Pudina rice or Pulao?

Pudina rice recipe or pudina pulao (mint pulao) is a healthy rice recipe that 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 that 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 that 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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