Coriander & mint pulao, quick and and easy one pot meal. A mildly spiced, kid-friendly lunch box recipe.Jump to Recipe
Green leaves, I don’t know what they did to kids and even some adults, the moment they find one in their plate, they pick it up like a dead fly and throw it out. 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 loves 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 quick one pot meal , 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 quick and easy pulao. Since I made this for my kids, it will be mildly spiced, if you are making it for adults adjust the spice accordingly.
- Rice, i have used basmati rice, you can also use sona masuri or any regular rice that can be cooked soft and fluffy.
- Herbs, i have ketp it simple and used mint and coriander leaves.
- Spices, i have used garlic, one green chili along wtih red chili and coriander powder.
- Tempering, i have used whole spices like cardamom, bay leaf and clove. you can also use garam masala powder instead of whole spices.
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Coriander & Mint Pulao | Kid-friendly Lunch box recipe
- ½ cup basmati rice sona masuri can also be used
- 4 tbsp fresh mint leaves
- 4 tbsp fresh coriander lwacces
- 1 no green chili
- ¼ tsp red chili powder
- ½ tsp coriander powder
- ¼ tsp turmeric powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1 no clove
- 1 no bay leaf
- 1 no small green cardamom
- ¼ tsp cumin seeds
- Wash rice with water, until it runs clear, and soak for 15 minutes in water. Drain & keep aside until use. Do not waste the rice-washed water, if you have plants in your balcony or backyard, you can water them with this water.
- 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 aminute.
- Now add rice to this and 1.5 cups ofwater. 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.
Serve this simple and easy coriander & mint pulao with a simple raita or pack it with some crisps for the lunch box.
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