Pudina Rice Recipe or Mint Pulao
Pudina Rice made in pressure cooker that is perfect to pack for lunch boxes.
Basmati Rice - 1+1/2 cups
Fresh mint leaves - 1 bunch
Fresh Coriander leaves - 1/2 bunch
Onion - 1
Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
Green chilies - 5
Ginger - 1 inch piece
Garlic pods - 6
Fennel seeds - 1/4 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
Cinnamon - 1/4 inch stick
Cloves - 3
Star anise - 1
Kal paasi or black stone flower - 1 pinch
Bay leaf - 1
Red chili powder - 1/2 tsp
Lemon juice - 1 tsp
Salt - to taste
Oil - 2 tbsp
Pick, clean and wash both mint leaves and coriander leaves.
Wash basmati rice once and soak it in water for at least 30 minutes.
In a mixie jar take grated coconut, fennel seeds, cumin seeds, ginger, garlic, cinnamon, cloves, mint leaves and coriander leaves.
Grind it to a smooth paste using little water. (1/8 cup approx)
Heat a pressure cooker with oil. Temper with star anise, kal paasi and bay leaf.
Add the ground paste and mix well.
Add red chili powder and cook over medium flame for 3-4 mins till the oil starts to separate.
Drain the basmati rice completely and add it to pressure cooker.
Add 2 cups water, salt, lemon juice and mix well.
Cook over medium flame for 2 whistles and switch off the stove.
Wait for the pressure to release by itself and open the lid.
Gently fluff the rice with a fork and pack in lunch boxes along with raita.