Pudina rice or mint rice – I have shared 2 pudina rice recipes in this post. The first recipe is a one pot dish & the second one is a tempered rice made with precooked rice. Pudina rice is a delicious & flavorful South Indian style dish made with fresh pudina or mint leaves, rice & spices. Mint also called as pudina in various Indian languages is often used to flavor chutney, Indian curries and biryani.
This Pudina rice is always a winner for its simplicity, taste & great aroma. It can be served alone with some curd or a raita.
Pudina rice goes well in lunch box or even for a meal to serve with some gravy or curry. It pairs wonderfully well with any simple curry. I have tried the one pot dish with many curries like bagara baingan or chicken curry or chicken kurma and is very easy to make.
To make pudina rice (first recipe) mint, coriander leaves, green chilies, ginger garlic and onion or coconut are ground together and then roasted well to bring out the flavors and then rice is cooked in this mixture.
The second recipe is made similar to the lemon rice. It is great on flavors and tastes amazing.
Variations you can make to pudina rice
These variations are for the first recipe (one pot)
1. I have used coconut, you can replace it with onions too. Both yield good pudina rice, with different flavors.
2. You can even add vegetables like potato, peas, mushroom or baby corn too while frying the paste to perk up the nutrition.
3. You can add a handful of cashew nuts to the pot while frying the spices.
Pudina rice or pudina pulao recipe
Pudina rice recipe | How to make pudina rice or pudina pulao
Ingredients (1 cup = 240ml )
Ingredients for pudina rice
- 1½ cups rice uncooked
- 1 cup mint or pudina (loosely measured)
- Handful coriander leaves (optional)
- 2 green chilies
- 1 inch ginger or paste
- 3 small pods garlic or 1 to 2 large pods
- ¼ cup chopped coconut or 1 medium onion cubed
- Salt as needed
- 2 tablespoon Oil or ghee as needed
- 2.5 cups water (adjust to suit your rice variety)
- 1 to 2 tablespoon lemon juice (optional)
- 1½ cups mix veggies (optional) carrots, peas, potatoes, beans
Spices for pudina rice
- 1 bay leaf or tej patta
- 1 star anise or chakri phool
- 1 strand mace or javitri
- ½ teaspoon cumin or shahi jeera
- 6 cloves or laung
- 2 inch cinnamon or dalchini
- 4 green cardamoms or elaichi
How to make the recipe
Preparation for pudina rice recipe
- Wash 1½ cups rice and soak it for about 15 minutes.
- Pluck and wash 1 cup mint and handful of coriander leaves. Drain them completely.
- Grind mint, coriander, 1 to 2 green chilies, 1 inch piece of ginger, 3 small pods of garlic, ¼ cup chopped coconut or 1 large cubed to as smooth as possible without adding water.
How to make pudina rice
- Heat a pan with 2 tablespoons oil or ghee.
- Add 1 bay leaf, 1 star anise, 1 strand mace, half teaspoon cumin, 6 cloves, 2 inch cinnamon and 4 green cardamoms.
- Saute till they begin to sizzle.
- Add the ground paste and fry on a medium to low flame for about 2 to 3 minutes.
- Optional – If using mix veggies you can add 1½ cups of mixed vegetables now & then saute for another 2 mins.
- Pour water and add salt. Mix and check the salt. Bring it to a boil.
- Add washed and drained rice. Cook until done in your preferred way.
Pressure cooker method
- Cook the rice till the water almost evaporates.
- When there is very little water left in the cooker, close the lid.
- Cook it for about 5 minutes on a low flame and switch off.
- Do not allow to whistle. If making with normal rice, let it whistle once.
- When the pressure releases, open the lid and mix gently.
- You will see a layer of the mint mixture on top, pour lemon juice all over and mix it gently .
- Serve pudina rice with a simple onion raita or a potato kurma.
Open pan or pot method
- Cook the pudina rice till very little water is left in the pot.
- Cover and cook on low flame till the rice is fully done.
NUTRITION (estimation only)
finely chop onions, pudina, green chilies, coriander leaves,ginger garlic. Finely mince everything well on the chopping board. Crush or mash until smooth. Make sure the mixture is roasted for a while before you add water, the raw smell should disappear.
If you are a beginner or new to Indian cooking, I highly suggest you to check the supporting step by step photos for best results. Step by step photos with description available below after the recipe card.
Lemon Pudina rice – Recipe 2
Lemon pudina rice recipe – one of the most easiest and flavorful rice that can be made for lunch box or for a quick meal. This is one of our favorites and preferred over the regular lemon rice. It can be served without any side. But to add little more nutrition to the meal, we accompany it with raita Raita or a quick mixed vegetable salad. Here are the ingredients to make
- 1 cup rice uncooked
- oil as needed
- 1 cup pudina leaves or mint leaves (tightly packed)
- 1 sprig curry leaves
- ½ tsp mustard
- ¾ tbsp chana dal (optional)
- ½ to ¾ tbsp urad dal (optional)
- 2 tbsp peanuts or cashews
- turmeric powder little
- lemon juice as needed(as much as we use for lemon rice)
- 1 broken red chili
- 2 green chilies (skip for kids or deseed use 1)
- olive oil (optional)
- ½ to ¾ tsp grated ginger (optional)
- Firstly pluck mint leaves, add them to a large pot filled with water. Rinse them well in more water. Drain them in a colander.
- Soak rice for at least 15 to 20 minutes.
- Cook it and set aside to cool completely. You can cook rice in electric cooker, pressure cooker or pot. The rice must be grainy and not mushy.
- While the rice cooks, add the mint leaves to a small blender jar. Blend it little coarsely without adding water. Set this aside.
- To make pudina rice, heat oil in a pan. Next add peanuts, chana dal and urad dal when they are lightly golden, add mustard and red chili. Lower the heat. When mustard splutters, add curry leaves, ginger, green chilies.
- Ginger may get burnt, be quick. Add the pudina. Saute for 1 minute. Switch off the stove.
- Add turmeric to the pan and add this to the cooled rice. Lastly sprinkle salt and squeeze off lemon all over the rice. Mix well. I also like to add some extra virgin olive oil before the rice is mixed.
- lemon mint rice is ready.
Crystal salt can be sprinkled over the leaves and set aside for 10 minutes during cleaning. This helps to get rid of the pesticide residue on the leaves.
To skip blending the leaves in a blender, try to mince them as finely as possible
Recipe – 1 -step by step photos for pudina rice recipe
1. Add ginger garlic, pudina, green chilies, coriander leaves, onions or coconut to a blender jar and make a fine paste, as fine as possible.
2.Pour oil to a pressure pan or cooker and heat it. Saute the dry spices till they begin to sizzle. you can even add nuts at this stage or fry and keep them aside for garnishing.
3. Add the paste and fry for 2 to 4 minutes, depending on the kind of your utensil. This is done to bring out the flavor of the mixture. Do not burn, stir well, it sticks too quickly. If using mix veggies, you can add them now and saute for 2 mins.
How to make pudina rice
4.Pour water and stir in the salt. bring it to a boil.
5. Add washed and soaked rice. Stir and cook until the water almost evaporates.
6. Close the lid when there is very little water left. Put on the flame to low.Cook for just 5 minutes and switch off. do not let the cooker whistle if using basmathi rice. if using regular rice, allow it to whistle once.
7. Lastly open the lid when the pressure goes down. A layer of mint and coconut is visible on top, you can sprinkle lemon juice and fluff up the rice gently.