Coconut Mint Rice – How to Make Pudina Rice With Coconut

Coconut Mint Rice is an easy flavored rice recipe, consisting of coriander leaves, mint leaves,  freshly grated coconut, tamarind and some whole garam masala. The addition of mint leaves gives this recipe a nice aroma.

coconut mint rice

We are back after another vacation from Kerala. Just like I had written in one of my earlier posts, this time also it was more of a rush-rush kind of stay.

We had actually gone to Kerala for the marriage of Dilip’s cousin. It was the last of his cousins to get married.

There was this discussion and Dilip started while we were there on why he always looked forward to such marriages in the family.

It was more of a time to get together with all the cousins, brother, and sisters in the family. And with this marriage, it looks like that excuse is also over.

coconut mint rice

While we were departing and bidding goodbye to everyone, the question that every one of us had was the same. When and how will we meet again?

Our lives have become so busy that we tend to get detached from everything and everyone around us. Relations start and end at a “hello” and that too once in a couple of months. And in a lot of cases that to doesn’t happen.

No wonder people often feel they are lonely. In fact, to a great extent, it is a self-inflicted loneliness.

Take for example Dilip. I haven’t seen him calling or, talking to any of his relatives.

In fact, he has very few friends and hence phone conversations are very few. (To be frank, I feel that the number of cold sales calls selling credit cards and loans is almost 4 times the number of calls he gets or, he makes to his friends or, relatives).

coconut mint rice

But there is still that bond that he has with his cousins and relatives.

And this time round when we were in Kerala, I found that a lot of his relatives like spending time talking to him. But then, why are there so few conversations when he is back in Bangalore?

Ask him and he will attribute it to the scarcity of time. And that is precisely what most of us also do. But is it really that?

We need to spend some time asking ourselves this question and finding answers. Some soul-searching is required and some relationship building too.

While we look forward to another reason of getting together in Kerala, we will also look to create such opportunities.

I am sure Dilip will, at least this time round since he knows that “marriages in the family” might not be an option very soon.

coconut mint rice

Coconut Mint Rice – How to Make Pudina Rice With Coconut Recipe

Coconut mint rice is a flavorful one-pot meal and is the best option to pack for the lunch box. This recipe is very easy to make and since it contains mint leaves it is very healthy too. To prepare this rice in a South Indian style requires only some handy ingredients which are easily available at home. Coconut mint rice can be served along with plain curd, raita, papad, salad or any pickle of your choice.

In South India, there are so many ways of making rice dishes and are called as variety rice. Some of these rice dishes are lemon rice, coconut rice, ghee rice, curd rice, tamarind rice, tomato rice and many more…

coconut mint rice

Coconut Mint Rice

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Author: Puja

Coconut Mint Rice is an easy flavored rice recipe, consisting of coriander leaves, mint leaves,  freshly grated coconut, tamarind and some whole garam masala. The addition of mint leaves gives this recipe a nice aroma.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup Raw Rice
  • 2 nos Onion finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Ginger-garlic paste
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
  • Red Chilli Powder to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp Tamarind paste

To grind:

  • 1 cup Mint leaves tightly packed
  • 1/2 cup Coriander leaves
  • 1/2 cup Grated Coconut
  • 3 nos Green chili

For seasoning:

  • 3 tbsp Oil - 3 tbsp
  • 1 nos Black Cardamom
  • 2 nos Green Cardamom
  • 1 inch pcs Cinnamon
  • 3 nos Cloves
  • 1 pcs Javitri
  • 5 nos Pepper
  • 1 nos Star Anise
  • 1 nos Bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp Fennel seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds

Instructions

  1. Soak rice for 30 minutes, drain and keep it aside.
  2. Grind Pudina, coriander leaves to a fine paste. Set aside.
  3. Grind coconut and green chili separately and keep it aside.
  4. Heat oil in a pan add mustard seeds.
  5. When the seeds start spluttering add all whole garam masala and cumin seeds.
  6. Add chopped onion and turmeric powder and fry until golden brown.
  7. Add ginger-garlic paste and fry till the raw smell goes off.
  8. Add Pudina paste, coconut paste, red chili powder, salt, tamarind paste and stir-fry for few minutes.
  9. Now add rice to the mixture and mix well.
  10. Add two cups of water and mix everything well.
  11. Cook without covering the lid on a slow flame.
  12. You can stir it once in between while cooking so that the masala gets mixed properly.
  13. Once you see the water gets evaporated, turn off the gas stove.
  14. Cover and keep it aside for some time so that if there is some uncooked rice remaining, then the rice will get cooked in a vapor.
  15. Once done serve this flavored rice along with raita and papad.

Recipe Notes

If you are making this rice in a pressure cooker, then after adding water you can close the lid and cook for one whistle. Let it cool to room temperature and then open the pressure pan.

Instead of tamarind juice, you can use either lemon or tomato puree.

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