Fragrant and flavoursome mint rice

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The refreshing fragrance of the fresh mint, basmati rice and the spices is what makes the delicious mint rice stand out. This tasty rice dish tastes amazing with vegetable curries or meat dishes like chicken or beef. Besides, it is lighter on the stomach and is healthy as well. Check out the pretty simple recipe of fragrant mint rice.


1 cup basmati rice

1 cup mint leaves

½ cup coriander leaves

1 cup grated coconut

7 green chillies

1 tsp chopped ginger

1 tsp chopped garlic

1 tbsp lemon juice

Salt as required

3 tbsp oil

2 bay leaves

1 piece cinnamon

3 cloves

3 cardamom pods

1 onion (sliced)

3 green chillies (thinly chopped)

Salt as required

2 tbsp cashews (fried)

1 tbsp mint leaves

2 papads (cut into strips and fried)


Wash the basmati rice and cook in 2 ½ cups water.

Allow the water to reduce before spreading the cooked rice in a flat bottomed vessel.

Prepare the mint chutney by grinding mint leaves, coriander leaves, grated coconut, green chillies, ginger, garlic, lemon juice and salt into fine paste

Heat oil in a pan and sauté the bay leaves, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom

Now sauté the onions and green chillies

Add the mint chutney when the onions turn brown in colour

Sauté well until everything turn fragrant

Add the cooked rice with some salt

Mix everything well without the rice getting too sticky

When the rice gets mixed with the mint chutney nicely, take it off the flame

Transfer the mint rice into the serving dish

Garnish with fried cashews, mint leaves and fried papad strips.