Mint-Channa Rice

This is one of my favorite dishes to pack for lunch which has been in my drafts for a long time.

The mint taste in rice is fresh even 3-4 hours after making this recipe and this rice tastes good either warm or at room temperature. Best part is that you can make it for a pot luck and serve it at room temperature with some raithas and it would be a hit! The preparation is easy too, you can easily make it one pot dish by making this in a rice cooker. You can easily add peas or paneer and try this rice in many different combinations. You can also stuff this rice inside peppers like peas rice stuffed in peppers. Or you can make this with methi(fenugreek leaves) too!

Ingredients: (Serves-2)

Basmati rice- 1.25 cups
Canned Chickpeas- 1 can
Mint leaves- 1 bunch
Cilantro- 1/2 bunch
Curry Leaves(optional)- 2 sprigs
Ginger- Garlic Paste- 1 tsp
Green Chilies- 2
Salt- 1 tsp
Canola Oil/Butter- 2 tsp
Bay leaf- 2
Cardamom – 2
Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
Lemon Juice- 2 Tbsp
Nuts like cashews or almonds (optional)- to Garnish
Fried Paneer(cottage cheese)- Optional- to garnish
Water- 2.5 cups


Wash and soak Basmati rice in water for 10 minutes.

In a blender add mint leaves(roughly chopped), cilantro, curry leaves, Ginger garlic paste, Green chilies and salt and make it into a fine paste(without adding water).

Pour one tsp of canola oil/butter in a frying pan and add cumin seeds. When they turn golden brown, add cardamom sticks and bay leaves. Drain the water from the rice and add it to the pan. Keep frying for 3-4 minutes or till all the water from the rice has evaporated. Keep aside.

Drain water from the canned chick peas and wash and drain again.

In a rice cooker, add drained chickpeas, rice, mint paste and 2.5 cups water. Mix well. Cook for 25-30 minutes. Once the rice is done, fluff it up with a fork. Add lemon juice to taste and garnish with nuts/paneer if needed. If you like, you can also use fried baby potatoes instead of panner cubes. Or you can add peas instead of chickpeas.

Serve with cucumber raitha and chips. We love this rice with Jeera Aloo or Achari Aloo.

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17 Comments to “Mint-Channa Rice”

  1. wow, what a refreshening looking recipe. Hope you are doing great and having fun :)

  2. Happy Cook says:

    Delicious looking rice i love that there is chickpea inside it.

  3. One of my favorites. Love minty taste in the rice addition of the channa gives it to new twist. Love it !!

  4. Jagruti says:

    Innovative mint chana rice…looks so good !

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  7. Sayantani says:

    how are you Ruchika? I wasnt keeping well for a long time but now its better.
    love the mint rice with chana. often make green pulao kinda thing like this but adding chana made it very healthy.

  8. Priya says:

    Delicious looking rice..

  9. Usha says:

    Sounds delicious ! Love the addition of chana to this rice…good way to get some protein too :-)

  10. Very unique combo but loved it…looks very delicious…

  11. panchpakwan says:

    Love mint in anything…adding chana is new to me..but sounds time sure will try it.

  12. Rachana says:

    I love chickpeas and mint and rice… and this rice dish looks yummmmm!!!!!

  13. PJ says:

    Lovely combo and looks delish too

  14. Joanne says:

    What a refreshing way to dress up rice! I’ve been loving mint lately.

  15. hamsamalini says:

    Refreshing lovely recipe. Innovative combo of mint and channa.

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