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Mint-Channa Rice

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

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.