Mint Rice/Pudina Sadam

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I have added cooked chickpeas the rice. It is optional. But it gives the rice more flavor. So do try adding chickpeas to mint rice.

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Below is the image of the spices I used in this recipe.

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Ingredients:

  • Chickpeas – 1/2 cup, soaked overnight in water
  • Basmathi rice – 1 + 1/2 cups
  • Ghee – 2 tbsps
  • Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Onion – 3/4 cup, chopped
  • Curry leaves – 8
  • Serrano pepper – 1 and a half pepper slight lengthwise
  • Ginger garlic paste – using 1 inch piece of ginger and 3 garlic cloves
  • Tomato – 1/2 a tomato, chopped
  • Grind to a fine paste using water:
    • Mint leaves – 1/2 cup, tightly packed
    • Cashew – 10
    • Cloves – 2
    • Cinnamon stick – 1 inch
    • Cardamom – 2
    • Marathi moggu – 1
    • Kalpasi – a big piece
    • Annasi Poo – 1
    • Jathipathri – 1
  • Water – 2 cups + 3/4 cups
  • salt – to taste
  • Fresh bay leaf – 1
  • Cilantro – few, chopped

Method:

    • Pressure cook chickpeas with water and salt for one whistle. Drain the chickpeas and set it aside.
    • Water and soak basmathi rice in water.
    • Heat ghee in a big pan.(you need a pan with a lid)
    • Add mustard seeds and wait till it splutters.
    • Add onions, serrano pepper and curry leaves. Saute until the onions turn golden brown.
    • Add the ginger garlic paste and saute for 30 seconds.
    • Add the chopped tomato and saute until the tomato looses its shape.

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    • Add the ground mint mixture, chickpeas and salt.

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    • Let it cook until the ghee starts to ooze out. Keep stirring at regular intervals.

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    • Turn the heat to medium.
    • Drain the soaked rice and add it to the mint mixture.
    • Add water and salt to taste.
    • Add cilantro and bay leaf.

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    • Cover the pan and let the rice cook halfway.

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  • Turn off the heat and let the rice cook in its own steam with the lid on. (approximately 15-20minutes)
  • Stir the rice gently and serve hot with raita.

 

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