Pudina Matar Pulao | Mint Peas Pilaf

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At times, I feel like I want to sit and type something on the blog, like I used to do before. My thoughts used to flow onto the screen and it used to relieve me so much. My heart used to feel light. But now, it feels stuck. Stuck of what, I really don’t know. Actually, my days are totally packed. From the time I wake up to the time I sleep, every minute is packed with activity that I don’t have time to think too much. I really don’t know if it’s a good sign. While I lie to sleep, I always thing to myself whether I took the time to breathe and enjoy the process, whether I cooked with pleasure… It feels like I am just going with the flow. One way, it is good that I have no time to attract any negativity towards me, but sometimes, it makes me feel so drained of energy… I wish I learn to slow down, but at the moment, there is no scope to do so…

 

I think the blog already showcases my love for one pot meals. My laziness to wash multiple pots really pushes me to make more of one pot rice meals for lunch on weekends. Hehe… any lazy buns like me? πŸ˜‰ I love to grind and add greens wherever possible. My girls are very picky that they push out the coriander and mint leaves in their biriyani and along with it a lot of rice. πŸ˜• How much ever I tell them that eating those isn’t going to cause them a stomach upset, they don’t understand. I guess it’s like that for kids – they love to be picky especially with greens, weren’t we that way too? πŸ™‚ I have this problem of buying my greens and allowing them to get spoiled, so most of the time I convert them into recipes like these. This is one of my favorite way of having mint. The rice smells amazing because of the mint paste. Try to get as organic mint as possible for best flavors. I have used frozen peas but feel free to use fresh ones or cooked dried ones as per your preference. Off to the recipe…

 

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4.88 from 8 votes

Pudina Matar Pulao | Mint Peas Pilaf

Course Rice
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda

Ingredients

  • 2 cups basmati rice soaked for 30 minutes and drained
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 cups water
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas thawed
  • TO GRIND:
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves
  • 6 pearl onions
  • 3 green chillies
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • Juice of one lime

Instructions

  • Grind the ingredients mentioned under "to grind" into a smooth paste and set aside.
  • In a saucepan, heat ghee. Fry the cinnamon and bay leaf briefly.
  • Add in the ground paste and saute for a few minutes till raw smell goes.
  • Add in the drained rice and saute for five minutes, till crisp.
  • Add the water, peas and sufficient salt and cook on high flame till the water comes to a rolling boil.
  • Keep flame to the minimum and cook on closed lid till water is evaporated and the rice is cooked, Give a stir once in between.
  • Switch off flame, fluff up the rice. Serve hot with sides of choice.

 

Do you love cooking with ground greens mixes? Then here are some ideas:

 

Green Chicken Masala

Green Mutton Masala – a personal favorite!

Green Baked Salmon

Hara Murg Pulao

Green Beef Pulao

Kothamalli Saadam

Chutney Chicken

 

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  1. A delicious side dish! Great to go with some homemade curry πŸ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Angie… πŸ™‚

  2. 5 stars
    looks delicious Rafee!! xo

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks Gloria…

  3. yummy and flavourable rice

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks Veena…

  4. This is a flavorful one pot meal! Perfect for my family who also hates all the green leaves!!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Beulah…

  5. 5 stars
    Now this one is really a quick one pot yummy rice dish. Can serve with any dal or raita. Looks amazing

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Drashti…

  6. I too added coriander leaves in my pulao sometimes mint too while making biryani…ur minty version of pulao looks delicious and I love minty flavor into my dishes.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Jolly…

  7. Seems so flavourful.. Worth a try.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks Pankti…

  8. Mint flavoured pulao must be so delicious and flavourful.Can relish it just with a papad too.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Shobha…

  9. SImply love this kind of flavoursome one pot meal. Can enjoy thoroughly this aromatic pulao with a spicy chicken masala or paneer gravy. Lipsmacking already.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Priya…

  10. Lovely flavourful matar pulao, best served with some gravy dal or just simple raita, lovely recipe.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Soma…

  11. Easy and flavourful one pot meal is always welcome in my house too. Perfect for a potluck party.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Jagruti…

  12. An interesting way to make a delicious pulao. Looks very refreshing and tempting. I’ve got loads of mint sitting in the fridge and some peas. Guess, pudina matar pulao will be on the menu this week.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Mayuriji…

  13. This is the kind of simple meal that I need for scorching summers. The fresh and cool feel because the mint will just be the taste one needs.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Aruna…

  14. 5 stars
    The simplest of recipes can bring such a joy at dinner times. Loved this simple mint rice and mint does elevate a pulao recipe to the next level

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Nandita…

  15. 4 stars
    Rafee, I wont mind having a bowl of this all by itself, may be a dollop of curd on the side. That’s it! The heat is already killing us here in Mumbai and this would be certainly a blessing and a reason to run away from the kitchen heat. Its good to be busy, besides thoughts are always yours, they shall follow you – even though you cant find them right now / this moment.. This too shall pass. Here’s wishing more thoughts, less action (read chores) and more blogging!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Of course, who likes to cook when it’s hot? Thank you so much for your kind comment, Vidya…

  16. Pair this with curd and you have a very comforting meal.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Jyoti…

  17. An easy peasy meal. One of my favorite I’m summers with some dahi. 😊

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Avin… πŸ™‚

  18. Refreshing and flavourful pulao.. Loved the texture of rice too.. Perfect !

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Priya…

  19. Very interesting recipe.. lovely and pleasant green colour in the recipe.. Quick recipe for the summer days..

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sujitha…

  20. Very clever! I LOVE the idea of making mint paste. I make my pudina pulao with whole leaves and the younger one, also a picky eater, refuses to eat. Looks like my problem is solved.
    Thank you, Rafeeda! 😊

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Maria… πŸ™‚

  21. 5 stars
    I can have this rice a such and do not need any side dish. The aroma of rice cooked in ghee is just mesmerizing. Lovely

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sapana…

  22. 5 stars
    Such a simple and elegant pulao.. The light green pulao looks so tempting and soothing to my eyes..

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sharmila…

  23. Looks so good. I love the combo of mint and peas. I can eat this whole day with raita or chips πŸ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Uma… πŸ™‚

  24. I love such flavorful rice..apt for quick lunch or for kids lunch box or to enjoy a lazy cozy day..looks delicious

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Lathiya…

  25. 5 stars
    I am sure i can smell the pudina till here. I love this recipe.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Seema…

  26. 5 stars
    These one pot meals are life saviours, they ease our cooking and the best thing is children prefer eating it. Yours looks so yumm.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Jayashree…

  27. Oh my goodness !! The aroma of rice cooked in ghee is much delicious for me. No need of any accompaniment πŸ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sasmita…

  28. You don’t have to tell me about picky kids! I live with them. Sounds yummy and I will love to have it just like that with curds and salad.

  29. Such a flavourful one pot meal .. delicious , comfort food

  30. Pudina and peas make a great combo.Love this flavorful and healthy Pulao Rafeeda.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Preethi…

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