Spicy Mint Pulao (Vegan Mint Rice)

We are almost in the middle of the week and can’t wait for the long weekend to start here in USA (Labor Day). I so wanted to post this one-pot recipe for you’ll on Monday but just couldn’t because of some end minute hoopla 😉 So presenting the very easy and delicious ‘Spicy Mint Pulao‘ or Pilaf.Spicy-mint-pulaoIn our house, we always keep heaps of mint in the fridge…I mean, seriously, sometimes I feel like a mint hoarder but it’s just so useful and goes into so many things (you can add them in water for a refreshing minty flavor or face packs or just crushed mint on top of salads or sandwiches, meats, soooo many uses).

spicy-mint-pulaoThis recipe is very easy and kind of addicting, as mint with peanuts and chilies (added in the mix) gives it such a refreshing flavor. You just need a deep dish pan with lid or pressure cooker (with cooker – its done in about 5 minutes). It’s a great recipe for Vegans too.

mint-pulaoYou can even make it in bulk and keep it in fridge for reuse for up to 2 more days. This infact, makes a great work lunch as it has all your grains and veggies combination that makes it filling and healthy. Definitely give it a try and let me know how it turned out. I’m also sharing this recipe with my friend at Meat Free Mondays

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Mint Pulao


Spicy Mint Pulao

5 minPrep Time

22 minCook Time

27 minTotal Time

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1 Deep Pan with Lid or Pressure Cooker

Hand Blender or Any Grinder

For Pulao:

1 cup Basmati Rice - (Soaked for 1/2 an hour and then drain the water)

1 Large Onion - Thinly sliced

1/2 cup Green Peas*

1/4 cup Broccoli - chopped

3 Tbsp Olive Oil (Any neutral tasting oil)

1.5 Cups Water

For Mint Mix:

1/2 Cup Mint Leaves**

1 Green Chili - Deseeded

1/2 Inch Ginger

1/4 Cup Peanuts - Roasted

Whole Spice Mix:

1 Bay Leaf

2 Cloves

2 Green Cardamom

1/4 Tsp Cumin Seeds

1 small Cinnamon Stick

1/2 Tsp Salt

1/2 Tsp Red Chili Powder

1 Tsp Garam Masala


  1. In a pan or pressure cooker, add oil, all whole spices and sauté.
  2. Add onions and sauté till onions are slightly cooked (about 2 minutes).
  3. Now add green veggies and sauté for another 2 minutes.
  4. Add mint mixture, all remaining spices, rice and evenly sauté everything together for 2 more minutes.
  5. Now add water: Follow as per Utensil
  6. A) If using pressure cooker, then cover the lid and steam till 3 whistle and turn off the heat.
  7. B) if using pan, cover with lid, lower the heat and let it cook for 15 minutes.
Cuisine: Indian | Recipe Type: Main


* Green Peas - Can be fresh or frozen
** Mint - Prefer Fresh mint leaves


12 Replies to "Spicy Mint Pulao (Vegan Mint Rice)"

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    Truly Truly delicous!! September 8, 2015 (2:43 pm)
    Truly Truly delicious!!! I love mint flavor and i can have anything with this flavor...lovely post!!
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      Molly Kumar September 8, 2015 (8:18 pm)
      Thanks so much :) I love Mint Too
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    Sundari September 8, 2015 (3:25 pm)
    Healthy and refreshing Pulao..
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    Preethi'scuisine September 8, 2015 (10:40 pm)
    Mint Pulav looks refreshing!! Thanks for sharing .
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    Sandi (@sandigtweets) September 8, 2015 (10:44 pm)
    This is a beautiful rice Molly. My daughter loves rice and mint so I am thinking she would love this.
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      Molly Kumar September 9, 2015 (4:59 am)
      That would be great Sandi, I hope she likes this too (You may want to exclude green chilies as in the ingredients or keep as per her taste).
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    Heather September 10, 2015 (1:22 am)
    I love your combination of spicy and sweet from the mint .. looks amazing!!
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    Jacqueline Meldrum September 17, 2015 (10:58 am)
    Thanks for entering Meat Free Mondays again Molly. Stumbled and pinned :)
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      Molly Kumar September 17, 2015 (9:37 pm)
      You're a Sweetheart Jacqueline - Hugs :)

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