Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Pudina Pulao - Indian Recipe

Pudina Pulao is basically mint fried rice, a delicious, vegetarian addition to any meal.

2 cups basmati rice
2 cups fresh pudina (mint)
1 onion, chopped
4 green chillies
¼ cup grated coconut
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
4 cloves
4 green cardamom pods
1" piece of cinnamon
1 star anise1 bay leaf
1 tbsp ghee (butter)
1 handful of cashews

Cook the basmati rice to preference.

Grind the mint leaves with the coconut, green chillies and ginger / garlic (if using fresh) to a paste.

Heat ghee (butter) in a pan and roast the cashews until golden brown and drain. Add the cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, bay leaves and anise and saute for about a minute. It's easy to burn these spice; be careful. Then add the chopped onions and saute unil it turns transparent.

Add the ground paste to the pan and fry for about 2 to 3 mins until it turns fragrant.
Mix in the cooled rice without breaking it too much. Garnish with the roasted cashews and serve with a raita of choice.

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