Instant Pot Mint Pulao / Mint Rice / Pudina Pulao Using Instant Pot

How to Make Mint Pulao or Pudina Pulao Using Instant Pot
Hello Foodies,
           Mint makes a delicious and healthy addition to many foods and beverages, and it is easy to add to many dishes. So today by using mint and instant pot I have prepared aromatic, tasty, and healthy Mint Pulao or Pudina Pulao. Pudina rice is one of the most flavourful rice recipes you can cook up in a few minutes. Serving Mint Pulao as accompaniment can put your guests at ease.

           Many people use mint as a part of appetizers, to be eaten before the main course to digest their food comfortably. The aroma of the mint activates the salivary glands in your mouth, which secrete the digestive enzymes, thereby helping digestion. These attributes are why mint is extensively used in the culinary arts.
           Nowadays, mint is one of the most common elements in toothpaste, mouthwashes, and other dental hygiene products, also its widely used in ice-creams and chocolates, as well as in alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, cosmetics, medicines, inhalers, and breath fresheners, it is also used as a condiment and a decorative item in culinary preparation around the world. So let's start with the recipe!

Video Recipe:

Preparation Time: 15 Minutes; Cooking Time: 15 Minutes.
Each Serving of Mint Pulao or Pudina Pulao Contains 315 Calories.

To Make Mint Paste:
  1. Mint leaves 1 cup
  2. Coriander leaves ¼ cup,
  3. Green chilies 5 strips
  4. Garlic cloves 2
  5. Ginger 1 inch
  6. Water ¼ cup
To Tempering Mint Pulao / Rice:
  1. Olive oil 2 tbsp
  2. Cumin seeds 1 tsp
  3. Bay leaf 1
  4. Black Peppercorn
  5. Cloves 3
  6. Cardamom 3 pods
  7. Cinnamon stick 1 inch
  8. Cashews 1 tbsp
  9. Turmeric powder 1 tsp
Other Ingredients:
  1. Basmati Rice 1 cup,  soaked in water for 20 minutes,
  2. Onion 1 small, thinly sliced
  3. Tomato 1 small, finely chopped
  4. Chickpeas ¼ cup, soaked overnight,
  5. Water 1 ¼ cup
  6. Salt 1 tsp
To make mint masala paste:
  1. In a grinder/blender add mint and coriander leaves, garlic, ginger, and green chilies, then add water and grind to make a smooth paste.
To Make Mint Pulao / Rice using Instant Pot:
  1. Soak the basmati rice in cold water for 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Turn on instant pot and press sauté function, add olive oil and once it gets hot, add the cumin seeds, bay leaf, cinnamon stick, cloves, cardamom pods, black peppercorn, cashews, stir-fry until the cashews turn, golden.
  3. Now to the pot add sliced onions stir-fry for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the onions start to brown.
  4. Add chopped tomato, and cook until the tomato begins to break down.
  5. Now add soaked chickpeas saute well and add turmeric powder, salt and mix all very well.
    Meanwhile, add mint and coriander paste and drain the rice and add to the pot, saute well and add 1 ¼ cup of water.
  6. Close the lid, place the vent on sealing position, and cook for 8 minutes at high pressure.
  7. Naturally, release pressure for 10 minutes, then open the valve to release any remaining pressure, open the lid, mix all, and serve hot.
  8. Tadaa, aromatic, healthy, and tasty Mint Pulao is ready to serve, serve hot with Raita or curd. Enjoy!!!
My Take:

  1. You can add butter or ghee instead of olive oil.
  2. Stovetop Variation: If you don't have an instant pot, you could also prepare this mint pulao in the stovetop pressure cooker. I suggest two whistles for the rice and let the pressure release naturally. 

Dietary Comment:
  • Based on a 2000 calorie diet.
  • Per serving contains 315.25 calories, along with carbohydrates - 52.55 g, dietary fibers - 5.1 g, fats - 9.23 g, proteins - 8.2 g.

Health Benefits of Mint Pulao / Pudina Pulao:
  1. Mint promotes digestion and soothes the stomach in case of indigestion or inflammation. It also a great appetizer.
  2. Mint has excellent curative properties and is considered an excellent home remedy for stomach ailments.
  3. Mint has germicidal qualities and quickly freshens breath, it adds to oral health by inhibiting harmful bacterial growth inside the mouth and by cleaning the tongue and teeth. It helps in weight loss by stimulating the digestive enzymes, which absorb nutrients from food and consume fat and turn it into usable energy.
  4. One serving of Mint Pulao contains 11 % vitamin A; mint is an excellent source of vitamin A, which is crucial for eye health and night vision.
  5. It is also a good source of antioxidants, which helps to protect your body from oxidative stress, a type of damage to cells caused by free radicals.
  6. If you have mouth ulcers and skin acne problems, eating Mint Pulao regularly can surely help. It can help flush out toxins from your body and improve overall health.
  7. You can use mint rice to cleanse your palate. So if you have served up garlic infused main courses, you can serve a small portion of mint rice between courses. This not only cleanses and freshens the mouth; it also helps increase the taste of the next meal course.
Good Time To Eat:
             It's good to eat Mint Pulao or Pudina Pulao for Lunch or Brunch.
Eat Healthy, Stay Healthy!!!

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