Pudina Pulav (mint rice) 

Pudina Pulav recipe is an easy-to-make one pot meal. It’s not only easy but also very flavourful and aromatic. It’s always a winner when i want to prepare a special meal during weekends and much easier than any biryani or any other rice item.

It pairs wonderfully well with any simple raita. Best option to give it in kid’s lunch box or serve as a light food in dinner. And it is perfect for bachelors and busy women. There are several ways of making this Pudina Pulav, but this is my version that i follow in my kitchen as everyone at home loves this rice. This low calorie pulav is a must try as it is healthy and light yet satiating.

Let’s move to the recipe….

Category : Main course

Cuisine : Indian

Yields : 4 servings


  • 1 and 1/2 cup of basmati rice
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 big onion chopped finely
  • 4 tbsp of oil
  • 1 tsp of mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp of cumin seeds
  • 1/2 cup of fresh or frozen peas


  • 1 cup of pudina leaves/mint leaves, tightly packed
  • 1/2 cup of coriander leaves, tightly packed
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 inch cinnamon
  • 5 to 6 pepper corns
  • 7 garlic pods
  • 2 tbsp of shredded fresh coconut
  • 8 green chillies


1. Soak basmati rice for 30 minutes.

2. Blend all the above said grinding ingredients into a smooth paste adding very less water.

3. Now switch on the electric rice cooker.

4. Now add oil, when it’s hot add mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Once it splutters add onions and saute till translucent.

5. Then add ground paste, peas, soaked and drained basmati rice, salt and water.

6. Stir and close the lid. Let it cook.

7. In between, you can open the lid and stir the pulav.

8. When the rice cooker automatically switch off, just leave it off for 15 minutes as this helps the pulav to get evenly cooked.

9. And done. Gently fluff the rice with a fork, transfer to a serving plate and enjoy with a simple raita or papad or any side dish of your choice.


You can add sweet corn kernels while cooking to make it more colourful and appealing for kids.

Adjust the green chillies as per your taste.

I have used basmati rice. You can use any other variety of rice too. Based on the variety of rice, water quantity will vary.

This pulav can be made in normal pressure cooker too.

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