Monday blues came in early this week. I had a one day weekend. Just Sunday… Sigh!
Between my load of laundry and dusting the house, I have absolutely no idea where that Sunday just disappeared into thin air. Literally, I blinked and my weekend was over.
I’m a planner, at least I try to be most of the times. Not necessarily execute all that I planned but plan I do. My weekly meals are all well planned on Saturday. I buy all the groceries and vegetables over the weekend and chalk out a small menu on a post it and stick it onto my fridge. This way I don’t need to stress out on weekdays wondering what to cook next. I still fret around about what to cook, but that fretting is now limited to Saturdays. I also wash all my vegetables and fruits on the weekend and sometimes chop them and store them in the fridge to make my weeknights easier. With my erratic work schedule, I need all the prep I can do.
Guess what happens when the planner loses one day of prep time. She panics!!!
That’s when come out simple recipes that can be whipped up in a jiffy. And so I made this evergreen Mint Rice or Pudina Rice. I did not have to go out and buy anything. Well… at least not the hero of the dish – the Mint. I’ve spoken a lot about my little Mint patch many times before, so I won’t bore you with that once again.
This Mint Rice requires no prep in advance at all. It also uses exactly 2 vessels – the blender or mixer and the pressure cooker. Just blend together the mint, coriander leaves, spices, ginger and garlic and cook it along with the rice and some optional vegetables in the pressure cooker. You can use your rice cooker or even a deep saucepan to make this Mint Rice.
I added potato, tomato and green peas. You can skip them or go ahead and add vegetables like green beans or broccoli. I assure you it will taste amazing.
Mint Rice tastes great with mixed vegetable Raita or plain yoghurt.
If you like this, you may also like:
- Vangi Bhaat - Rice cooked with eggplant or brinjal and spices.
- Palak Rice | Spinach Rice - Rice cooked with spinach, mix vegetables and spices.
- Khara Pongal - One pot nutritious meal made with rice and mung dal.
Mint Rice | Pudina Rice
Mint Rice is a one pot dish of rice cooked along with a mint puree, vegetables and spices.
Recipe Type: Main
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Yield: Serves 2-3
1 cup chopped Mint (Pudina)
0.5 cup chopped Coriander Leaves
1-2 Green Chilli
3-4 Garlic Pods
2 Tbsp Coconut Milk
1 tsp Coriander Powder
1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds
1 cup uncooked Rice
1 green Cardamom
1" Cinnamon stick
1 Bay Leaf
0.25 cup Green Peas (You can use frozen or fresh)
3-4 tsp Oil
Water as required
Salt to taste
Wash the rice. drain and keep aside.
Slice the onions and chop the tomato.
Peel and dice the potato.
In a blender or mixer, blend together the mint leaves, coriander leaves, green chilli, ginger, garlic, coriander powder along with the coconut milk. Add 1-2 Tbsp water if required.
Heat oil in a pressure cooker and add the cumin seeds, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon and the bay leaf.
Fry for 1 minute on medium heat or until fragrant.
Add the onions and fry until translucent.
Now add the green peas, potato and tomato and fry for 30 seconds.
Add the washed rice and fry for 1-2 minutes. Stir frequently to avoid burning the rice.
Add the mint paste and mix well.
Add 1.5 cups of water and salt.
Cover and pressure cook for 2-3 whistles or 5-8 minutes after the pressure builds up.
Serve hot with raita.
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