We all love pulao. Though it is mildly flavoured compared to its counterpart biryani this dish sure does top it to favourite food lists of many especially the vegetarians and people who prefer mild flavours.
The mint peas pulao is actually a variation of my mint rice with cooked peas being an additional ingredient.
Cooking is all about experimenting. I love adding in new ingredients to existing dishes. When you succeed you have a brand new dish. Voila !!
At the same time you need to be careful while experimenting. The ingredient that you chose to add or substitute shouldn’t overpower and spoil the dish on the whole.
For the same mint rice, I cannot add peanuts . But I can alternate the peas or chhole or chickpeas. So experiment but know how and what.
This mint pulao is made with seeraga samba rice variant. The grains are much shorter but the aroma and flavours are to die for. Also you would require more quantity of rice than basmati because of the size.
Mint pulao recipe
- Mint leaves 1 cup
- Chilli -2 long
- Poppy seed -1 tbsp
- Small onions-3-4
- Ginger -1′ piece
- Garlic – 2 pods
- Cinnamon -1′ stick
- Cloves -2
- Star anise -1
- Bay leaf-1
- Coconut shredded- 2 tbsp
The whole spices must be soaked in hot water for about 15 mins before being grounded.
- Seeraga samba rice -1 cup (200 GM’s)
- Oil as required
- Green peas -100 GM’s
- Salt as required
- Ghee – 2 tbsp
- One potato boiled and cubed
- Soak the rice for 30 mins.
- Grind the paste and keep ready.
- In a cooker add ghee and oil.
- Add in the ground paste , green peas and cubed potato.
- Add little salt, stir and cook for 5 mins until raw smell goes off.
- Add soaked rice mix.
- For 1 cup of rice add 1 cup of water.
- Adjust salt and cook for 1 Whistle.
- Cook in simmer for 3 mins and turn off.
- Release pressure, fluff with fork and add ghee.
- Mix ghee and serve hot with raitha.
Sweet potato sticks
An absolutely perfect side for mint peas pulao. This can be made spicy or just mild depending on your need. This is also a healthy snacking option. Did you know that this can also be offered as snack post 9 months for baby.
- Sweet potato -3
- Salt as required
- Oil for shallow frying
- Chill powder -2 tbsp
- Cumin powder -1 tbsp
- Chat masala-1 tbsp
- Corn flour to coat the sticks
- Boil the sweet potato for one whistle.
- Peel skin and cut into sticks or strips
- They would be damp so quickly add in corn flour and the spice excluding chat masala.
- Leave aside for about ten minutes.
- Heat oil in a pan
- Add the sticks and fry till golden brown.
- Take out cool and add chat masala
Lipsmacking sweet potato sticks is ready to be eaten with mint peas pulao or even as snack.
You could also try the same recipe with raw banana, yam and potato. Like I said substitute and play. I’m sure you will definitely keep this recipe safer. Kids will definitely bug you for this snack.
On a healthier note, you could choose to bake the sticks instead of frying them.
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