Mint Vegetable Pulao

 

A weekly trip to the farmer’s market and its so hard to resist over buying all those fresh produce! Today I picked up some fresh mint, carrots, and beans among other things. So, came home and made a quick mint vegetable pulao.

What you’ll need:

  • Bay Leaves – 2 to 3
  • Cinnamon Stick – 1
  • Cloves – 1 tsp
  • Peppercorn – 1 tsp
  • Black Cardamom (badi elaichi) – 1
  • Red Chilies – 2
  • Garlic Cloves – 5
  • Mint Leaves – 1 small bunch
  • Cumin Seeds – 2 tsps
  • Onion, thinly sliced – 1
  • Carrots, sliced – 4
  • Beans, cut – a bunch
  • Basmati Rice – 2 to 3 cups
  • Salt to taste

Method:

1. In a large pan, add olive oil or other oil, and add Bay Leaves, Cinnamon Stick, Cloves, Peppercorn, Black Cardamom, Red Chilies and Garlic Cloves and saute.

Note: Adjust the quantity of the spices to your liking and you can also add any other spices you like. Or add Garam Masala if you like.

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2. Take out the spices into a blender (I like the bullet). Add a bunch of fresh Mint leaves and Salt. Grind to a smooth paste.

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3. To the same oil in the pan, add Cumin Seeds and after a minute add the sliced Onion and Saute till golden.

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4. Add the sliced Carrots and Beans (or any other mix of vegetables to your liking).

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5. Add the washed Rice.

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6. Add the ground mint masala. And add sufficient water – usually 1 cup of rice would need 2 cups of water.

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7. Mix and cover the lid of the pan. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Cook for about 25 to 30 minutes or till done.

The whole house will smell minty. Enjoy!

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