Sunday, August 30, 2009

Pudina Pulao and ABC tag

We were having some guests over at short notice - well they called to say they would stop by and say hi but Mom wouldn't have any of it. They said they would in 1/2 hour and she had a simple menu of pulao, paneer and raita nearly ready before they got in. I thought she would make Jeera rice but instead she surprised us with this flavorful yummy rice. She probably put the whole menu together in 1/2 hr... I was amazed at the speed she can whip a whole meal together while I picked toys around the house. The rice was amazingly flavorful and simple which I am posting here. She doesn't measure anything of course and I was not really paying attention while she made this, so the measurements are approximates...


1 bunch of mint - cleaned
1/2 cup of yogurt
1/2 cup of small cut carrots
1/2 cup of cut beans (you can use frozen ones , if needed)
2 cups of cooked Basmati rice
2 green chillies
1 onion - sliced thinly
1 tea spoon of ginger garlic paste

2 cloves
2 cardamom
2 small cinnamon pieces
1-2 bay leaves

1 tablespoon - ghee
salt to taste

How To

Take mint leaves and salt and grind in a mixer. Add a pinch of salt and blend to fine consistency without adding any water. Mix well with the curd and keep aside.

Heat ghee on medium heat in large pan. When it is hot, add the spices (cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, bay leaves) and saute them.

Then add the green chillies and onions, saute until onions turn translucent.

Now add the ginger-garlic paste and cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.

Now add the vegetables and cover and cook for 5 minutes.

Add the cooked rice and pureed mint paste. Fry for 1-2 minutes and turn off the stove.

The combination of the mint with the curd and the whole garam masalas is amazing.

My son loved it and calls it the green rice... He just ate the plain rice by himself and made a big mess, but I am not complaining... We had a very nice evening chatting and enjoying the simple delicious meal....

Also Lone Acorn has tagged me. Thanks dearie for thinking of me...

1. A – Available/Single? Nope

2. B – Best friend? Gang of 7

3. C – Cake or Pie? Cake

4. D – Drink of choice? Hot chocolate

5. E – Essential item you use every day? Laptop

6. F – Favorite color? Pink

7. G – Gummy Bears Or Worms? Gummy Bear

8. H – Hometown? Cuttack

9. I – Indulgence? Blogging and chocolates

10. J – January or February? None - both are too cold

11. K – Kids & their names? 2 , A and A (Princess and Prince)

12. L – Life is incomplete without? My Family

13. M – Marriage date? A Memorable Date

14. N – Number of siblings? None

15. O – Oranges or Apples? Oranges

16. P – Phobias/Fears? Cockroaches

17. Q – Quote for today? Have to think of one...

18. R – Reason to smile? Seeing my kids in the evening when I get back from work

19. S – Season? Summer - miss it a lot here

20. T – Tag 3 People? Shubha , Rekha , Chitra

21. U – Unknown fact about me? Hmmm, wont be so unknown then

22. V – Vegetable you don't like? Spinach

23. W – Worst habit? Procastination

24. X – X-rays you've had? Dental X-rays 5 year back

25. Y – Your favorite food? Goat Biryani

26. Z – Zodiac sign? Taurus

The Rules

1. Link the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Share the ABCs of you.
4. Tag 3 people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs.
5. Let the 3 tagged people know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their website.
6. Do not tag the same person repeatedly but try to tag different people, so that there is a big network of bloggers doing this tag.


  1. Thank you so much for this recipe. I love Indian Rice Dishes and this looks so kid friendly ( Since my older little girl is 3, I always have to take her palette into consideration when cooking ). This dish...I could serve with some simple roast chicken I suppose...

    I hate dental ex rays...they hurt...don't they ?

  2. WOW!!.. Lovely recipe.. Nice to know more about you.. :)

  3. MommyTheCook - skip the chillies and it is perfect for kids... My 3 yr old son calls it green rice and loves it...
    Hari Chandana - Thanks...

  4. The pulao look lovely and nice reading your abc tag.

  5. Looks so good! Wish I could poke in a spoon there! nice answers to the tag!

  6. Congrag on ur award. Lovely dish. There is something waiting for u in my blog. Plz collect it dear.

  7. mint in pulao sounds very interesting

  8. Pulao looks very flavourful and colorful ... it was nice to read your ABC tag...

  9. Aren't moms superstars.. the pulao looks delish.. do take part in my CFK event being hosted this month

  10. Oh the tag was interesting.. nice to know more about you

  11. Yummy pulao and nicely presented...

  12. Pulao looks colorful and Yum! Nice to read your ABC tag!

  13. Looks gud and colourful...nice reading ur tag :)

  14. Love the flavor of mint,pulav looks very nice :)

  15. Oh wow i am big big fan of mint rice..looks so delicious and i am drooling here,superb . Good to know tidbits abt u.

  16. Nice recipe,my fav is mint.Will try to this

  17. A2Z - thanks
    Kittymati - I would love to share...
    Ammu - thanks a lot. I will chekc your blog...
    Kalyan - I loved your mint that you made sometime before - was very unique...
    Padma - thanks
    Hema - I surely will. Thanks.
    Vrinda, Nandini, Priti, Valarmathi, Rekha, Pavithra - thanks.
    Varunavi - thanks. Sure let me know if you like the flavor...

  18. I am not too fond of mint .. but that pulao looks awesome! Guess I'll skip the mint and try it. :-)

  19. Now after reading this tag , i know you more ... Pudina pulao looks great , I can smell the flavour of pudina ...

  20. Pulav looks very flavorful! was nice reading about u:)

  21. Pulao looks very nice..Nice interesting tag dear and thanks for passing it to me.Will do it in my next post yaar..:)

  22. I love mint in anyhting..Rice looks yummy..It was nice reading abt u

  23. Sharmila - nice to hear from you. Yep you can certainly skip the pudina and yogurt and still have a yummy pulao
    Dolon - yep very flavorful
    Parita - thanks
    Vijitha - thanks
    Chitra - I am glad you are able to pick up the tag
    Sireesha - thanks
    Ramya - me too, I love mint in everything...

  24. pudina pulav looks delicious...nice click, was nice reading ur abc as well

  25. Mint pulao looks so delicious. Nice write up too. crispy answers..Goat biryani too dear:)

  26. Nice to know more about u - i loved that post on oriya food - bookmarked - must try the dolma soon...

  27. Viki - yeah goat biryani is yum...
    Arch - Cool, I am glad you liked it...

  28. ohh delicious looking and very flavorful pulao nice color too so tempting and thanks a lot dear for passing the tag to me will do it soon nice reading about you.

  29. lovely pulao there & so nice to know more about yu

  30. Rekha - glad you accepted. Thanks.
    Deesha - thanks for the lovely comments.

  31. Love mint flavor,the rice is colorful!

  32. Please collect your award at

  33. Accept your award from my blog dear

  34. Loved reading about you along with the tasty recipe.

  35. mint pulao looks delicious!New to me, but i love mint and i have this yum recipe bookmarked! Thanks for visiting my blog!