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Mint rice garnished with cashews and raisin
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Instant Pot Mint Pulao | How to make Pudina Rice

Pudina Pulao or Mint Rice is a very aromatic and easy recipe to make with the mint / pudina that is growing wild in your backyard. Love this one pot meal and ever since  started making it in the Instant pot, it has become even more easier to enjoy it. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 328kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Mint tightly packed, Washed and leaves separated
  • 2 cups Basmati Rice
  • 4 Green chilies
  • 1 Onion thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup Fresh coconut
  • 1 tsp Ginger garlic paste
  • 4 Cardamom
  • 1 stick Cinnamon
  • 2 Bay leaf
  • 1 Star Anise
  • 1 tsp Fennel seeds
  • 2 tbsp Roasted cashews and raisins
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • to taste Salt

Instructions

  • Wash the rice well and soak it in water for at least 30 mins.
  • Make a paste of Mint leaves, coconut, green chilies and half the onion. Try to make the paste thick by using less water.
  • Heat oil in saute mode of IP and fry the cashews and raisins. Remove it on a plate.
  • Add 1 tbsp of oil and add the whole spices. (fennel seeds, bay leaf, cinnamon, cardamom, star anise)
  • Then add the remaining onion, ginger garlic paste and sauté them for until they are slightly brown.
  • Now add the pureed mixture. Sauté until the paste thickens and changes dark green from bright green.
  • Add the soaked rice along with salt. Mix well and cook on pressure cook mode for 6 minutes. Once the time is up, do a quick release in 10 minutes.
  • Add the fried cashews and raisins and serve the Mint Pulao hot with raita.

Notes

Expert tips and FAQ's
  • Use fresh mint to make this recipe. 
  • Basmati rice works the best but if it is not available, use sona masoori. Do not use sticky rice as it will ruin the texture. 
Preserving Mint to use later
  • If you grow mint at home and want to save them for winter, you could do so by making a powder out of it. Wash the mint leaves and let them dry. Spread the mint leaves in microwave safe plate or flat container and microwave them for couple of minutes. Spread them again with your hands and again microwave it for couple of minutes. Do the process until the leaves are crumbly. Repeat the process with all the leaves. Powder them using a dry grinder and store it airtight in a glass container. This powder has a very long shelf life and you could use this as a dry spice in any of the preferred dishes.
  • You could also make a paste of the mint leaves and pour it into ice cube trays and then store them in freezer bags once frozen. This paste could be used in pulao or any dish that requires mint in wet form.

Nutrition

Calories: 328kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 110mg | Potassium: 226mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 637IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 2mg