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Flavorful Pudina-Nariyal Pulao [Mint-Coconut Rice ]

Oh! I love the fragrance of mint and when it is combined with coconut and basmati rice, my kitchen becomes the favorite place to hang out !

Mint has numerous health benefits and here are to name a few:

  1. Has soothing effect on digestive tract
  2. If taken regularly, it reduces the growth if bacteria and fungus in the body
  3. Crushed mint leaves helps in whitening the teeth
  4. Helps in getting rid of headaches
  5. When mixed with camphor it helps to relieve insect bites and stings
  6. It is believed to prevent colon, lung and skin cancer

Mint-coconut rice



Basmati rice - 1 cup
Fresh mint leaves - 1/2 bunch
Coconut - 3Tbsp [I used dessicated coconut. Fresh is better]
Green Chillies - 1 small [according to your taste]
Ginger - Garlic paste - 1.5 tsp
Medium onion - 1 [sliced]
Salt - according to taste
Canola oil - 2 tbsp [Ghee is better but it does add calories!]

Whole Spices:

Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Bay leaves - 2 medium
Whole black pepper - 3-5 in number
Cloves [Laung] - 2
Cardamon - 2 [slightly crushed]


Wash the rice with water and keep it aside [wash gently, rice gets brittle when soaked in water]

Make a paste of mint, coconut and green chillies and a pinch of salt in a grinder [add minimal water while grinding]

Heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds and let it splutter. Now add all the whole spices one after the other [make sure that your stove is on medium heat at this point]

Add ginger-garlic paste,once it starts to turn brown[or maybe before] add the sliced onions and saute' till its slightly pink in color

Add mint-coconut paste and fry till the water content is reduced [you do not want to burn the paste]

Transfer the above paste and rice into the rice cooker, add some roasted cashew nuts, salt and add water up to 1/2 inch above the rice mixture and cook it in the rice cooker [you can also cook it in the pressure cooker with 2 cups of water and one whistle]

Once the rice is cooked, fluff it with a fork and serve it with onion raita [onion-yogurt dip]

Yummu mint-coconut rice

This is my entry for RICE FEAST@ Aathidhyam


Sanghi said…
The mint coconut rice..! Excellent click! Healthy rice!
Pavithra said…
Woow thats my fav dear...looks so good and mouthwatering .... i can feel the fragrance here..
Anonymous said…
Tnx dear...wat a variety rice...
healthy and colorful...xllnt presentation too ...
Suparna said…
Hi Renu,
Lovely pics :) I've made pudina rice and coconut masala rice ..havent combined the two as yet ..thanks for the wonderful and ofcourese flavourful recipe :)
Vrinda said…
Thats indeed a flavorful pulao..yumm
Priti said…
Looks so the pics
Ann said…
OMG!! all you pictures are stunning and I could even smel thearoma :) looks delish
i love mint in any form.....
Uma said…
looks absolutely delicious. Nice color.
Poornima Nair said…
I can imagine the aroma in ur kitchen, the rice looks yumm.
Jayashree said…
Mint and coconut....two ingredients that I love to use....looks good.
Renu said…
thank you !!!
Indrani said…
lovely looking rice & healthy, too
Anonymous said…
nice recipe
Red Chillies said…
One of my favorite foods to indulge on. Looks good!
Parita said…
Pudina and that sounds delicious
Curry Leaf said…
Healthy and green rice .Looks perfect.
Thanks for visiting my blog Renu,Agar can be found in Indian Store as well -I bght one from Bhavani,it will be usually flakes and flavoured as well.You can also try health food stores as well as the Chinese markts.
Karine said…
I have never tried the combination of coconut and mint, but it looks amazing! Thanks for sharing your recipe!
Indrani said…
Some awards are waiting for u in my blog, pick it up
Renu, that is one excellent dish. I also make this dish, but didn't know can look so good until i saw your photos. You take great clicks.
Renu said…
Thank you Karine, curry leaf and red chillies for visiting my blog.....

@ A2Z vegetarian cuisine....
thx for appreciating my clicks ....
Sireesha said…
THe mint rice looks divine...
Sharmilee! :) said…
First time here Renu..Lovely blog with great clicks!
Anonymous said…
pls accept the awards&tag from my blog dear.
Red Chillies said…
Like your version of Mint Rice, I made it too yesterday!
Madhavi said…
This is awesome recipe and thanks for sharing [:)]. Keep it up gal!!!
Madhavi said…
And ya awesome blog too [:)]
Amz said…
Hi !

I tried out the recipe and posted some comments on my blog. Thank you for sharing...

Best !
Hema said…
Nice recipe. Adding coconut is new to me.. Good idea
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punima said…
wow what anice recipe. thanks for sharing

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