Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Pudina Pulav

Pudina (Mint) Leaves - 2 cups, packed (add little water and make puree)
Basmati Rice - 2 1/2 cups (I use the 'cup' from the electric rice cooker)
Water - 4 cups and Mint puree - 1 cup : to cook rice
Green chillies - 6 (adjust per taste)

Cloves (lavang) -5 
Cardamom pods - 3
Cinnamon - 1/2" piece, make a coarse powder
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Ginger Garlic paste - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - sprig
Onion - 1 medium, roughly chopped
French beans - 1 cup, chopped 
Green peas - 1 cup
a pinch of turmeric
Salt to taste
Pulav masala - 2 tsp
2 tbsp oil
1 tbsp butter (optional)

  1. Make a puree of mint leaves and green chillies. Set aside
  2. Start the electric rice cooker on 'cooking' . When the cooker is hot, add oil & butter and toss cumin seeds. Once they fry up, add cloves, cardamom, cinnamon powder, ginger & garlic paste
  3. Let the ginger garlic paste fry for a minute, toss in curry leaves & chopped onion. Saute onion until translucent.
  4. Stir in beans, add 1/4 tsp salt and let fry for 3 minutes. Add peas, fry for 2 minutes.
  5. Add washed rice, turmeric, salt and pulav masala. Mix and let fry for 3 minutes.
  6. Add mint puree and water, adjust salt. Cover and cook until done.
  7. To get a dry texture, remove the cooked rice to a wide bowl and spread to cool.
Is perfect all by itself or serve with any korma.

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