Coriander & Mint Pulao – Kids Lunch box Recipe

Green leaves I don’t know what they did to kids and some adults too, the moment they find one in their plate, they pick it up like a dead fly and throw it out, a decent reaction if at all it happens!! I have seen kids who throw a tantrum seeing a small coriander/mint/curry leaf!
I admit they might have a strange taste when eaten raw, but as a tempering to a dish, they are good!! But god only knows why the lil people react strange!!
I too have 2 of them who give the same reaction . Elder one gives a decent one, don’t ask about the younger fella!!! 🙄 So I normally powder the curry leaves and grind the coriander so they don’t identify it.
My elder one love green chutney, the same leaves which irks him in its original form! Weird, right! When the leaves are ground with other spices it masks their original taste. 
This is how I hide and seek the greens into their diet. This flavorsome pulao with coriander and mint, sautéed with mild spices makes a delicious meal with a raita. They love the aroma of their pulao, especially my elder one when he opens his lunch box and the aroma glides to his nose , he just enjoys it!!
That is why i m sure, even your lil one who hates these leaves, will definitely enjoy this pulao. 

Check out the recipe video on How to make coriander and mint pulao

Since I made this for my kids, it will be mildly spiced, if you are making it for adults adjust the spice accordingly.

1/2 cup basmati rice, i used Tilda basmati
4 tbsp mint leaves
4 tbsp fresh coriander leaves
1 clove of garlci
1 green chili
1/4 tsp red chili powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp salt or to taste


1 tbsp oil
1 clove
1 small bayleaf
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
1 small green cardamom


  • Wash rice with water, until it runs clear. Do ot waste the rice-washed water, if you have plants in your balcony or backyard, you can water them with this water.
  • Soak the rice for 15 minutes, drain and keep aside until use. Take coriander and mint leavs along with chili, garlic in a blender, add 2 tbsp of water and blend smooth.
  • Heat oil in a wide pan, when it is hot, add clove, bay leaf and cardamon and saute for 30 seconds, then add cumin. After adding cumin, immediately add the blended green paste and saute for a minute.
  • Now add rice to this and 1.5 cups of water. I washed the blender with 1/2 cup of water and added that water too. Add red chili, coriander, turmeri powder and salt to this. Mix well.
  • When it begins to boil, cover and cook for 10-12 minutes or until done. It was done in 13 minutes for me. 
  • REmove the cover, fluff it up with fork, serve warm with raita or some crisps for a scrumptious meal.

Sending this puloa to Kids Delight – Lunch box recipes, happening in my space, an event hosted by +srivalli jetti