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Pudina Pulao/ Mint Rice

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Pudina rice is a super simple one pot meal which is flavourful and fragrant. This rice is a perfect blend of aroma and spices and is typically served with yogurt, raita or gravy. This pulav is very healthy and refreshing.

Pudina pulav is our family favourite. It is a quick fix for tired days. My friends love this and demand in our summer parties. What I love most is I keep my mint paste frozen and ready to use. So whenever I have leftover rice I do have an option of either mint rice or Fried rice. This is by default the favourite on the menu.

What goes in Pudina rice/Pulav

Along with basmati rice this pulav is made using mint. I use a mint paste made along with ginger and chillies. You can also add fresh grated coconut to the rice. But it’s optional.

What makes it a pulav is definitely the pulav masala/Biryani masala. If you do not have any you may simply add any garam masala. You can add bay leaf and star anise which gives a prominent flavour and tastes wonderful. This pilaf is rich and healthy.

A quick video recipe for the same is here.

Let’s check the detailed recipe of mint pulav. You may also refer our other recipes out of leftover rice, rotis on the blog.

Pudina Pulav/Mint Pilaf

Rasika Dhadiwal @veggie-bites
Pudina pulav is the most refreshing and the simplest recipes you can try. With the refreshing mint you can enjoy the most delicious and flavoured rice. This recipes is the most easiest and quick for a to go lunch, last moment dinner or a must have in a summer party.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 people
Calories 250 kcal


  • Pressure cooker
  • Wok


  • 2 cups Basmati Rice
  • 1 cup Mint, ginger and green chilli paste Take fresh mint leaves, ginger,green chilli and make a fine paste
  • 1/2 cup Diced carrots Boiled
  • 1/2 cup green Peas Boiled
  • 2 tbsp cashews, raisins
  • 2 teaspoon Biryani masala or pulav masala
  • 2 tbsp ghee/oil
  • Salt


  • Cook 2 cups of basmati rice with 2 cups of water and salt. Do not overcook and keep the grain dry and open. It should not cook until sticky.
  • Spread the cooked rice in a tray or a plate and allow it to cool a bit.
  • Heat ghee/oil in a large pan.
  • Saute cashews and raisins.
  • Now saute the carrots and peas for about a minute
  • Now add the mint and ginger paste in the pan.
  • Saute well and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of biryani or pulav masala and mix well.
  • Now add the rice and toss everything well.
  • Add salt as per taste.
  • The pulav is ready to serve


  1. You can use any rice, even left over rice works well.
  2. You can also add in more vegetables like beans, cauliflower etc as per your choice.
  3. Fresh mint leaves work best for the paste. Ginger adds a great enhancement of flavours.
  4. You can skip green chillies if you do not want it spicy.
Keyword delicious, dinner ideas, instant, leftover rice, refreshing, summer special, to go lunch

Nutrition facts

This is a healthy blend of vitamins and carbohydrates. Coconut and nuts add up protein if you wish. Vegetables are a great source of vitamins and minerals. A power pack combination of veggies for a to go lunch or quick dinner.

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