Mint @ Peas Pulao

Mint & Peas pulao is one of the easy recipes, that can be made in a jiffy.   This is the first pulao for which I took the video, added my audio both in tamil and english.So I welcome all your feedback and help me to improve the quality even better. I thank one of the leading Tamil Magazines for giving me feedback and their encouragement for adding my audio too. Now let’s go for the recipe.



Rice- 1 cup

Mint – 1 cup

Peas- 1 cup

Chopped Onion – 1 cup

Ginger – 1 inch

Garlic – 5

Cashews- few

Green chillies- 3

Butter-  2 tsp

Cinnamon stick – 1 inch

         Cloves – 4

Cardamom – 3

Star anise- 1


  • Soak the rice for half an hour in water.
  • In a pan, add butter, then add all the spices like cinnamon, clove, cardamom, star anise and cashews. Saute them until you get nice aroma.
  • Now add the green chillies, finely chopped giner and garlic and saute until you get aroma.
  • Now add the chopped onions and saute them till they turn light brown.
  • Add peas and mint. The mint will start to shrink and you can feel the smell of the mint leaves.
  • Drain the water and add the soaked rice and mix well with other ingredients.
  • Transfer it to another vessel and add water.
  • Pressure cook in high flame till you get one whistle and in low flame until you get second whistle.
  • Yummy pulao is ready.
  • Serve it with raita.
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Mint Vegetable Biriyani

Mint Vegetable Biriyani is one of the recipes you can make it in a jiffy.  It contains most of the vegetables that is coated in mint paste.  Though I have posted the recipe for Vegetable Biriyani, this tasted totally different. Krish and I loved it. You can eat this with any raitha.



Basmathi Rice – 1 cup

Water – 1 1/2 cups

Onion – 1

Tomato – 1 small

Carrot, Beans, Potato, Green peas- 1 1/2 cup

Red Chilli powder – 1 tsp (or) Green Chilli – 2

Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

Salt – To taste

To Grind

Mint leaves – 1 handful

Coriander leaves – few

Ginger – 1 inch

Garlic – 5 cloves

Fennel seeds – 1 tsp

To Temper

Ghee – 1 tbsp

Cardamom- 1

Clove – 2

Cinnamon stick – 1 inch

  • Wash and soak the rice for 30 min.
  • Meanwhile chop the vegetables, onion, tomato into small pieces.
  • Grind mint, garlic, ginger and fennel seeds. You can also add green chilli if you wish. Use little water from soaking for grinding. Donot add extra water.
  • In a Pressure cooker add ghee and saute cardamom, cloves and cinnamon stick.
  • Then add the chopped onions and saute until translucent. Once they turn light brown add chopped tomatoes. Saute for few minutes.
  • Now add the ground mint paste and saute until the raw smell of the garlic disappear.
  • Add the chopped vegetables and mix it with the masala paste. Let the vegetables get coated with the paste.
  • Now add the soaked rice. Leave the water aside. Saute the rice for 2 minutes. Add red chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt. Mix well.
  • Now add the measured quantity of water. Pressure cook for 1 whisle.
  • Then cook it in low flame for 7 to 10 minutes. The yummy Biriyani is ready to serve.
  • I had this with Cucumber raitha.

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Mint biriyani

        Mint rice is a simple, flavourful rice that can be easily cooked even by bachelors. Mint is very healthy and my amma makes thogayal or chutney out of it. This rice goes well with raitha.



        Rice – 1 cup

Water – 2 cups

Mint leaves – A bunch

 Ghee – 4 tbsp

Cumin seeds – 2 tbsp

Fennel seeds – 1 tsp

Cardomom – 1


Bay leaf – 1

Mace – small piece

Marathi moggu – 1

Star anise – 1

Cinnamon – 1

Cloves – 3

Salt – As required

  • In a pressure cooker, add ghee and melt it.
  • Add Cumin seeds, Fennel seeds, Cardomom, Bay leaf, Mace, Star anise, Cinnamon, Cloves and saute until you feel their aroma.
  • Chop the mint into small bits.
  • Grind the mint with the above spices.
  • Meanwhile soak the rice in water for ten minutes. Wash and drain the water.
  • In a pressure cooker add some ghee, cumin seeds and the ground paste. Saute them for a minute.
  • Add the rice to pressure cooker and saute until light brown.
  • Now add water and mix with other ingredients.
  • Finally add salt and mix well.
  • Close the lid and pressure cook it.
  • You can feel the aroma of mint rice all over your kitchen once the first whisle comes.
  • Serve it with raitha.
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Fried Rice

Fried rice is a recipe in which the steamed rice is stir fried in a pan after mixing with either eggs, meat or vegetables. I learnt this recipe from one of my friends. Usually for biriyani and pulao we cook the vegetables and rice together. But for the fried rice, we pressure cook the rice and then stir fry it with the vegetables. The main advantage that I find in this recipe is we can prepare the vegetables separately and can stir fry it with the rice five minutes before we serve.





For the vegetable mixture

Carrot – 2

Potato – 2

Beans – 20

Capsicum – 1/2

Cabbage – 1/4

Green chillies – 2

    Onion – 1 big

Soya sauce – 1 tbsp

Tomato sauce – 1 tbsp

Red chilli powder- 2 tsp

Salt- To taste

  • Pressure cook the rice separately and keep aside.
  • Wash, remove the skin of onion, potato and carrot. Chop them lengthwise(1 inch length) and keep aside.
  • Wash and cut the beans to inch length. Also chop the cabbage lengthwise.


  • In a kadai, add the butter and saute the onion until it becomes translucent.
  • Add other vegetables and saute in frequent intervals.


  • Once they become tender, add soya sauce, tomato sauce, red chilli powder, salt, garam masala powder.
  • Mix well and transfer it to another vessel.


  • Now add almost equal quantities of rice and vegetable mixture in a kadai and toss the pan.


  • If required add the tomato sauce and salt.
  • Serve hot with tomato sauce.
  • You can also grate cheese and serve.

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Spicy Peas pulao

Green peas pulao with grated cheese is quickly prepared, quickly eaten nutritious recipe. It is a favourite kiddie food and has a right balance of spices. Though I have posted the recipe for peas pulao in my earlier post, this is completely different from that.  ‘K’ and I liked this version a lot…  Also it is one of the best lunch box recipe.



Rice – 1 cup

Green peas – 50 gms

Onions – 2 small

Garlic – 3 cloves

Ginger – A small piece

Curry leaves – few

Coriander – few chopped

Green chilli – 1

Kitchen King Masala – 3 tsp

Ghee – 2 tbsp

Butter – 2 tbsp

Salt – To taste


  • In a pressure cooker, add butter and ghee.
  • Finely chop the onions, garlic cloves, ginger, coriander leaves, green chilles and curry leaves.
  • Add all the above into the cooker and saute until the onions turn light brown.
  • Ad the kitchen king masala, salt and green peas and mix well. Saute until the raw smell goes off.
  • Now add the rice and mix well. Finally add the measured quantity of water and close the lid.
  • Pressure cook it for 6 whistles.
  • Garnish it with grated cheese before serving.
  • Serve it with raitha or vadam or tomato sauce.
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