Pudina Rice (Mint Pulao)

Preparation time: 15 mins

Cooking time: 30 mins

Pudina is  Indian translation for Mint leaves. Mint leaf is the most popular herb used for garnishing and flavoring in many cuisines. This wonder herb is well-known for its natural medicinal benefits in treating disorders related to skin, stomach and digestion.

Pudina Rice is a delicious aromatic rice dish which is very easy to make. This is an all time favorite rice item in my family and is a regular Saturday night special as it takes very little time in preparation.

There are just 4 steps involved in making Pudina rice – grind the masala paste, cook the veggies, mix all the ingredients together  and mix with the rice.

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Ingredients:

Masala Paste:

Mint leaves – 1 cup ( full packed)

Coriander leaves – 1/4th cup

Green Chilli – 2-3 No’s

Black Pepper Kernels – 5-6 No’s

Jeera powder – 1 tsp

Other Ingredients: 

Rice – 2 cups

Potato – 2 No’s (chopped into cubes)

Green Peas – 1/2 cup

Onion – 1/2 chopped

Carrot – 1 No (sliced into 2 inch pieces)

(Other vegetables can also be added. You can go with the choice of your vegetables)

Curry Leaves – 1 sprig

Salt – 1 and 1/2 tsp

Turmeric – pinch

Oil – 2 tbsp

Fried Seasoning Ingredients:

Jeera – 1 Tbsp

Bay leaf – 1

Cinnamon – 1 inch

Cloves – 3 No’s

Cashews – 10 – 15 No’s

Ghee – 1 Tbsp

Method:

1. Wash and cook 2 cups of rice  and set aside.

2.  Grind the Masala Paste Ingredients into a coarse paste by adding few drops of water.

3. In a kadai/pan, heat 1 tbsp of ghee and fry Seasoning ingredients ( jeera, bay leaf, cinnamon, cloves, cashews) and remove onto a plate.

4.  Now add 2 tbsp of oil, and fry onions till they turn translucent. Next add curry leaves, potato, carrot and peas and fry.

5.  Add 1/2 tsp salt, turmeric and mix well. Place a lid and let the vegetables cook for 5-10 mins till they turn soft. (Do not add more salt while cooking the vegetables as it may cause the vegetables to be very salty.) 

6.  Now transfer the Fried Seasoning Ingredients, the Masala Paste and mix well with the vegetables.  Add 1 tbsp of salt, mix  and turn off the stove. 

7.  Now add this mixture to the cooked rice  and mix well so that every grain of rice is coated with the masala. Garnish with coriander leaves.

8.  Serve hot with chilled Raita (see recipe here).

 

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Healthy Broken Wheat Khichdi (Dalia Khichdi)

Preparation time: 10 mins

Cooking time: 20 mins

Health Benefits of Broken Wheat: Broken wheat or Cracked wheat or Dalia (Hindi) or Samba Goduma Rava (Telugu) is made by crushing whole raw wheat kernels into smaller pieces.  This whole grain with a nice nutty flavor is low in calories and loaded with good nutrition.  Broken wheat is rich in fiber, iron, magnesium, Vitamin E, Vitamin B and has lots of health benefits. Like any other whole grain, it lowers the risk of cholesterol, supports good heart health and aids in weight loss. Broken wheat is cooked similar to rice and can be used as a substitute for rice in many Indian recipes. It is available in the market in 3 different sizes and  I always prefer the medium size grain for my cooking.

Khichdi is one of the easiest healthy rice recipes and requires very little effort. This delicious guilt free dish can be served as breakfast, lunch or dinner.

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Ingredients:

Broken Wheat – 1 cup

Moong Dal – ¾ cup

Water – 3 Cups

Onion – ½ small

Other Vegetables – 1 ½ cup (Beans, Carrot, Peas, Capsicum)

Green Chillies – 2

Cinnamon – 1 inch

Bay leaf – 1

Jeera – 2 Tsp.

Pepper powder – 1 Tsp.

Turmeric – ½ Tsp.

Salt – 1 ½ Tsp.

Oil – 1 Tbsp.

Ghee  – 1 Tsp (Optional)

Coriander – 2 sprigs

Method:

1. Chop all the vegetables and slit the green chillies length wise. Wash the broken wheat and moong dal and set aside.

2. In a cooker, add oil and ghee. Add cinnamon, bay leaf and jeera and let it fry for a minute.

3. Add green chillies and onion. Fry till onions turn translucent.

4. Now, add the chopped veggies and fry for 2 minutes.

5. Next, add washed broken wheat and moong dal and fry for another 2 minutes.

6. Add 3 cups of water, pepper powder, turmeric, salt and mix well.

7. Place the lid of the cooker and let it cook for 2 whistles.

8. Garnish with coriander and serve with raita on the side.

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