Mint rice

Mint/Pudhina rice is a flavourful rice dish. Fresh flavour of mint and coriander leaves makes this dish so yummy. I love the soft Potatoes and green peas cooked in mint paste. This is an easy and instant rice recipe that I prepare often.



Mint leaves – 1 cup (tightly packed)

Coriander leaves – 1/2 cup (tightly packed)

Basmati rice – 1 cup

Cloves – 3 nos

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Onion – 1

Potato – 1 (chopped into cubes)

Green peas – 1/2 cup

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Garlic – 7 to 8 cloves

Green chilli – 2 nos

Oil – 1 tbsp

Ghee – 1 tbsp

Salt – to taste

Water – 1 3/4 cups


  1. Rinse and soak basmati rice for half-an-hour. Then drain and keep it aside.
  2. Grind 1 cup mint leaves, 1/2 cup coriander leaves, garlic cloves, ginger and green chillies together in to a fine paste without adding water.
  3. In a cooker, heat the oil+ghee and add the cloves and cinnamon.
  4. After the flavor arises, add the onion and fry till it turns slight golden brown.
  5. Add the green peas and potato and fry for a minute.
  6. Mix in the ground mint paste and fry till the raw smell of the paste leaves and oil seperates.
  7. Now add the soaked basmati rice in the cooker and mix well (Do not mix too much as the basmati rice grains may break)
  8. In another vessel, heat the 1 3/4 cups of water. Switch off the flame when it starts to boil.
  9. Pour the hot water in the rice mixture in the cooker. Mix well and allow it to boil till the water and rice incorporates with each other ( that is , the rice will absorb little water and the mixture comes to a thick consistency)
  10. Now add little extra ghee at the top and close the lid of the cooker.
  11. Cook in a simmer flame for about 12 to 15 mins.
  12. Now mint rice is ready to be serves with onion raita and potato chips.


  •  Instead of potatoes, you can use soya chunks also.
  • After the pressure releases from the cooker, open the lid and do not mix with laddle immediately. Let it be open for few seconds and then you can transfer it to other container.
  • If jeera samba rice is used, the water quantity differs                                                                          For 1 cup rice = 2 cups water   i.e; 1:2 ratio
  • If using basmati rice,                                                                                                                                      For 1 cup rice : 1 3/4 cups of water is the ratio I prefer ( because it gives soft unbroken grains). But most of the people prefer 1:1 1/2 ratio






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