Pudina (Mint) Rice


For a lazy cook like me variety rice items are favorites, as I need not spend much time in kitchen, and it tastes delicious with a gravy/ raita. When we get a take out order in Indian restaurant, if we order gravy, they give a box of complimentary rice. Caramelized onion in that rice gives mild sweetness to the dish and should I say that is the reason I liked it:-) I tried a mint and ghee rice inspired by that rice. Should I call this rice as “Ghee Rice” or “MintMint Rice”, I am confused. Let me call it Ghee/Pudina Rice:-)

Check out my other Variety Rice,

Mint Rice

Preparation time : 10 minutes | Soaking time : 30 minutes to 1 hour | Cooking time : 30 minutes


Basmati Rice – 1 cup, soaked and drained

Mint – 1 bunch

Onion – 1

Ginger Garlic paste – 1 tsp

Water – 2 cups

Cardamom Pods – 2

Cinnamon Stick -1/8 tsp

Star Ansie – 1

Bay leaf – 1

Sugar – 1/8 tsp (optional)

Salt – as needed

Fennel Seed  powder – 1/8 tsp

Ghee – 1 tbsp

Oil – 1/2 tsp


  • Soak rice in warm water for 30 minutes and strain the water
  • Add oil to the pan. When the oil is hot, add onions and saute till the onions turn translucent.  Add a pinch of salt and sugar; cook till the onions are caramelized (Sugar is optional, with little more oil this can still be achieved, but I like little sugar in all dish to neutralize flavour and yes I can hear your question, its not sweet). Keep aside

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  • Add ghee to the same pan. When the ghee is hot, add whole spices and cook for 30 seconds. Add cashew, and when they turn golden brown, add ginger garlic paste and green chilli. Cook till the raw smell goes
  • Add mint and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the rice and cook for a minute


  • Add required salt and transfer the mixture to rice cooker and add 1:2 water and cook. Add the caramelized onions and mix well. Serve Mint Rice with gravy/raita

pudina rice


My Notes:

  • Instead of using caramelized onion can sauté onions and use them or use fried onion
  • Instead of whole spices garam masala can also used
  • Mint can be pulsed and added

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49 thoughts on “Pudina (Mint) Rice

  1. madhavicyberkitchen March 4, 2015 at 1:28 AM Reply

    Looks very delish & flavorful!

  2. sarithakumbakkara March 3, 2015 at 6:09 AM Reply

    Awesome rice! Must try!

  3. sona March 2, 2015 at 6:40 PM Reply

    Flavorful and delicious mint rice!

  4. Padma March 2, 2015 at 3:02 PM Reply

    Very flavourful and delicious rice prep:)

  5. Sundari March 2, 2015 at 12:16 PM Reply

    Flavourful rice!! looks yummy!!

  6. dedy oktavianus pardede March 2, 2015 at 9:29 AM Reply

    Simply damn delicious!!!
    not familiar for me but i bet it taste good…

  7. marudhuskitchen March 2, 2015 at 6:52 AM Reply

    Flavorful.. Rice.. And tasty

  8. shweta a March 2, 2015 at 5:06 AM Reply

    beautiful aromatic flavours:) Tasty and lip-smacking 🙂

  9. Namrata March 2, 2015 at 1:35 AM Reply

    i love mint in all my dishes! You’ve cooked the mint with the rice, does it not impart a bit of bitterness to the rice. Ive never boiled mint before.

  10. Liz March 2, 2015 at 12:09 AM Reply

    yum! Loving that it contains ghee as well as oil. So much flavor!

  11. veenashankar March 1, 2015 at 8:11 PM Reply

    simple yet very tasty rice.. Agree ghee and mint perfect combo

  12. swathi March 1, 2015 at 5:46 PM Reply

    Mint rice looks delicious vidya, very nice go with any gravy

  13. Marcela (tortadellafiglia) March 1, 2015 at 12:07 PM Reply

    what a lovely dish! I love your rice recipe!

  14. LifestyleswithLia March 1, 2015 at 8:48 AM Reply

    If you opened a restaurant, I would eat there every day!

  15. Francesca Trucco March 1, 2015 at 3:10 AM Reply

    The use of caramelized onion is very interesting to me however I will try both sauté onions or fried onion

  16. Nish Kitchen March 1, 2015 at 2:22 AM Reply

    I love the addition of mint in ghee rice. Will have to try this!

  17. Chitra Jagadish March 1, 2015 at 2:00 AM Reply

    Love addition of mint in rice dishes and your recipe sounds flavorsome V….

  18. srividhya March 1, 2015 at 12:47 AM Reply

    Mild rice Perfect for dhals..

  19. Malar February 28, 2015 at 11:33 PM Reply

    Looks awesome Vidya!!!

  20. Sandhya February 28, 2015 at 10:09 PM Reply

    Your opening line, ‘for a lazy cook like me’ is amusing, Vidya. But I know what you mean. As much as I LOVE to cook, there are times when I just want to make a simple rice dish. So can relate very well.
    Mint mint rice sounds like a great idea!

  21. Aruna Panangipally February 28, 2015 at 8:08 PM Reply

    What a lovely way to spice up the Nei Choru! Beautiful. 🙂

  22. HotDish February 28, 2015 at 7:46 PM Reply

    Sounds like a lovely combination!

  23. Mr. Militant Negro February 28, 2015 at 7:07 PM Reply

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negro™.

  24. apuginthekitchen February 28, 2015 at 6:59 PM Reply

    Love it, I think the mint and onion are a great addition to the rice.

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