Nov 22, 2011

Coriander-Mint Pulao

I had a bunch of coriander and mint wilting in my refrigerator which had to be used up before I go on our weekly grocery shopping. I always try to use up all the veggies and herbs I buy and try to minimize wastage.. I was wondering what to make with the herbs, when I got the idea to make a simple pulao using them. I made this colorful rice dish for lunch. We had this along with potato fry, chips and raita. This rice dish makes a colorful lunchbox dish for kids.

I used leftover cooked basmati rice to make this. Any variety of rice can be used for this delicious pulao.

Cooked rice - 2 cups
Onion - 1/2 medium sized 
Cinnamon - 1 inch stick
Bay leaf - 1
Cardamom - 2
Cloves - 3
Fennel seeds / Shah jeera - 1 teaspoon
Cashews - few for garnish
Oil - 2 teaspoons
Ghee - 1 spoon
Salt to taste

To grind into a smooth paste
Coriander - 1/2 cup chopped
Mint - 1/2 cup chopped
Green chillies - 3
Ginger - 1 inch
Garlic - 2 cloves

  1. Cook the rice along with water and salt and allow it to cool.
  2. Grind together the coriander, mint, green chillies, ginger and garlic into a fine paste adding a spoon of water if needed.
  3. In a kadai/saucepan, fry the cashews in the ghee until golden brown and remove the cashews from the pan and set them aside.
  4. In the same pan, heat the oil. Once it turns hot add all the spices - fennel seeds, cinnamon stick, bay leaf, cardamom and clove and saute for a minute.
  5. Then add the onions and saute until it turns translucent.
  6. Add the ground paste and saute for a couple of minutes, until the raw smell goes away and oil oozes out. Take care the paste doesn't stick to the pan and burn. Add salt to taste
  7. Finally add the cooked rice and mix everything thoroughly.
  8. Add a teaspoon of ghee at this stage and mix well. This is optional though.
  9. Garnish with cashews and more cilantro. 
  10. Serve warm with some chips and raita.


  1. Hi Divya,
    Nice recipe.
    I have question: I had unused mint leaves in fridge since last month, which have now turned almost black. Do you think I can still use them or have to throw away?


  2. Love Mint Rice and Raita combination, delicious pulao and clicks...

    Yum! Yum! Yum!

  3. Such flavorful pulao recipe...nice clicks..


  4. Omg, super delicious and irresistible pulao..

  5. Love the recipe. I make the same version often for a easy peesy dinner...

  6. Yum yum,super flavourful pulao,simply inviting..

  7. Divya, thanks for coming by & for the clarification! Appreciate it :)

  8. My son should love this green pulao. Like ur picture!

  9. Mmmm....., my favourite rice, the smell of both the herbs is truly awesome, my favourite rice

  10. love the lovely color.. and it looks delicious, full of flavor!!

  11. very flavorful! The click is so tempting!

  12. A refreshingly delightful one pot meal n your platter looks very pretty :)

  13. Vibrant gree, pleasing to the eye & so tasty!!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  14. hi my visit here...luvly...
    luved the way u presented,collection of recipes,pics too...
    keep rocking!!

  15. This is such a new recipe - the colors looks so healthy and alluring!I am not particularly fond of mint,but I love coriander - so maybe I'll try this out only with coriander:)Thanks for the awesome recipe!

  16. Aromatic pulao, nothing can beat its flavor.


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