Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Cilantro Mint Pilaf

I was talking to my mom last night about cooking tips. My mom writes small tips for the South Indian Magazines. So I give her some useful tips and she tells me about what she reads from the magazines. My paternal grandmom told my mom about this rice and my mom wrote about this write for her magazine. She told me about this rice and it sounded really flavorful and delicious. I do not like mint so much. But after tasting this rice, I really started to develop a taste for mint. My grandmom doesn't eat garlic or onion. So my mom excluded those but I included them. :-) Colorful and flavorful meal in just no time. 


Cilantro - 1 bunch
Mint - 1 bunch
Basmati Rice - 1 cup
Cinammon stick - 1/4 inch
Cloves - 3
Garlic pods - 2
Ginger - 1/4 inch 
White onion - 1 small
Oil - 3 tbsp
Salt - to taste


First grind cilantro, mint, ginger, garlic, cinnamon, cloves, onion to a fine paste. Add very little water just enough for easy grinding. 

Heat oil in a pan. Add ground paste, salt and keep frying till flavorful aroma comes up. When the oil separates from the mixture and the color turns dark green, remove from heat.

Meanwhile cook basmati rice in 2 cups water so that rice is cooked and is separate. Now when the rice is cooked, add this paste and mix well. 

Cilantro mint rice is ready!! Serve with raitha or curry. I served it with fried cauliflower. 

Have a great day!


  1. flavourful green rice looks wonderful

  2. so colorful and flavorful as well :)

  3. delicious rice dear and it turns out perfectly without changing the color...

  4. Yummy rice dish ... The green colour speaks volume about the flavours of the dish .... Good choice of serving it with cauliflower stir fry ...

  5. Perfect and yummy ! Love its color too...

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  7. Wat a flavourful and fabulous looking pilaf,inviting..

  8. Looks vibrant.A must try one.

  9. You mad me really hungry now, I loved each and every single element in this dish.
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  10. I am drooling now!

  11. I have tried this mint pilaf at my home.Really it was so good and tasty.also my friends like this very much.The most important thing is, it was quick to make.So I can make it for my lunch to office. Thanks for this dish.I really liked it.


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