Friday, July 22, 2011

Mint N Cilantro Pulao

Cooking is one happy song when the ingredients in hand are your darlings - Mint & Cilantro the two versatile herbs are easily my favourite greens. They add the necessary spunk to any dish and rightly so ! The aromatic & very refreshing mint is a superstar in my hearth as it finds its way in to all n sundry like salad, soups,gravies,beverages, etc . Its invigorating smell just lifts up the spirits and spells fun while the sweet & pungent coriander /cilantro leaves adds flavour to any dish. Also the health & medicinal uses of mint & cilantro are widely documented. Do you need any more reason to join the fan club of these herbs ??

It is no suprise that this mint & cilantro pulav is my favourite and I dish out different versions of this regularly - my version of this pulav for today's lunch was happily gulped down by kids.The herbs did not overpower the dish but its fragrance wafted all around n taste lingered.For added effect, I shallow fried succulent cubes of cottage cheese & added to the rice. It was a winner all the way ! 


What's in it :-

For the masala paste :-
  •  Mint & Coriander leaves - a bunch - washed
  • Green chillis-  3 to 4 - to taste
  • garlic Pods - 2 (large)
  • Ginger - a small piece
  • Coconut - few pieces
  • Lemon - one or two  squeeze (helps retain its colour) , optional
Other ingredients :-
  • Raw Rice - 1 cup
  • Onion - 1 large - diced
  • Green Peas - a fistful
  • Baby Corn - 1 - diced
  • Cottage Cheese - 150 gms - cubed in to small pieces
To temper :-
  • Olive Oil - 1 tbsp
  • Whole Spices - cinnamon, bay leaf, aniseed, mace,cardamom- to taste
  • Cashew nuts - a few
How :-

Add little water and grind all the ingredients for the masala in to a paste & set aside.

Wash the rice and keep it aside. In the meanwhile shallow fry the pieces of cottage cheese to be added later.
In a wok , add olive oil and as it warms up tip in the whole spices and let it spread across its buzz. Add the cashewnuts & fry it golden brown. Now add the diced onions and saute for a few minutes. Add the green peas & baby corn and stir fry. Add the ground paste and mix well. Saute this for a few minutes adding little water if the mix gets too dry. 

Season it with salt and add the rice with enough water and let it cook. In case of using  a pressure cooker wait for 2 beeps from it; otherwise close the pan and let it simmer on low-medium flame till done. Finally add the paneer pieces and mix well.
Serve hot with choice accompaniments.


Enjoy !


  1. Nice n yummy pulav..recently I also posted a version of mint pulav...just love it

  2. Healthy and green rice..Love the combination of mint and cilantro..


  3. that rice preparation looks great yummy :)

  4. Woww.. Lovely and aromatic pulao.. Looks simply superb and perfect.. love it :)
    Indian Cuisine

  5. such flavorful pulao always makes my day.

  6. Yum Yum....Love this one pot meal any of our family favorites....

  7. Looks super delicious .....yum ...I can like have this any day any time

  8. Delicious and flavorful pulao..looks yummy!

  9. Wowww... Lovely and delicious recipe.. Looks gr8 !!

  10. Very beautiful preparation with nice pictures. Looks delicious, flavourful and tempting.

  11. Oh that looks so comforting :) I love the lovely fresh color of it :)

  12. Yummy and flavorful one pot meal...

  13. Love this refreshing minty pulao ~ loved all the fried cashew in there :D
    US Masala

  14. Delicious mint rice :) I love mint just like you and would definitely love this rice too :)

  15. Flavorful and delicious rice,makes me hungry..

  16. love the addition of paneer with those flavourful n tempting rice!!

  17. wow love the color and healthy recipe....and nice combo

  18. Yum, that looks so delicious. Your pictures and explanation is just mouth watering.

  19. Yummy looking and vibrant pulao Great preparation.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  20. Perfect lunch ..Would love to dig in anytime

  21. Green Rice looks great.. Perfect dish for lunch box.. Nice Idea using the greens..

  22. flavourful and delicious rice, with all the goodness of the greens...

  23. A very nice recipe indeed! Looks delicious!!

  24. These herbs are my favorite too. Whenever I buy them I make it a point to smell them first for that nirvana feel :D

    Pulav looks fantastic with these herbs. yumm.

  25. Looks delicious and tempting. My fav. rice.

  26. interesting!!!
    am a fan of mint and love to have mint chutney !!!

    this is something very different, never thought mint can be used in pulao....will try out!!

  27. my mom would make pulao in this style. This dish looks yummy

  28. Like the addition of coconut in the rice and both coriander and mint wow!!

  29. Definitely in the fan club of cilantro and mint! This dish looks like something my family would love.