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Mint Pulav (Spicy Rice dish made with mint leaves)

Number of servings: 3

Mint Pulav is a easy tasty rice dish that I learnt after experimenting with a number of spices. And one point I got it just right and I have stuck with that recipe ever since. This dish is an easy dish to make for parties. The taste can be varied to make it spicire if needed.  

List of ingredients:
2 cups basmati rice  
1/2 cup fresh or frozen green peas  
1/2 cup cauliflower (in small florets - optional)  
1 cup fresh mint leaves (washed)  
6 in number green chillies  
2 pods garlic  
1 inch cinnamon stick (dal chini)  
2 in number cloves  
1 in number onion (chopped lengthwise)  
1 tbsp coriander (cilantro) leaves  
1/2 cup fresh grated cocunut (or use cocunut pieces)  
1 tsp cumin seeds  
3 tbsp oil  
2 tsp salt (or to taste)  

Cooking procedure
Method: Cook the Basmati rice in a rice cooker or a heavy bottmed pan. Use the ratio 1 cup rice to 1.5 cup water. Wash the cauliflower florets and blanch in hot water (or boil for 5 minutes with a little water in a microwave). Also boil the green peas for about 10 minutes or until tender. In a small pan, fry the mint leaves and green chillies in 1/2 tsp of oil. Then add the cocunut, garlic, cloves, cinnamom and cilantro to this mint and green chillies and grind to a smooth paste with 1/2 cup of water. Grind until smooth and fine. In a big pan or wok, heat the oil, add the cumin seeds, then add onions and saute until golden brown. Add the ground masala paste and cook for about 10 minutes. Add 1/2 cup water, boiled green peas and cauliflower florets and cook until raw smell of masala goes (or for 15 minutes) or until the oil leaves the sides of the pan and all water is evaporated. Add the cooked rice and salt and mix thourougly. Mix gently so that the rice grains do not break. Serve hot with raita.
Storage tips:
Tastes best when fresh. Great lunch box idea. If refrigerated, Re-heat before serving.
Any additional information:
To bring out the flavor of mint more, add another 1/2 cup of mint leaves. You can also serve this by garnishing it with 'French fried onions' or 'Potato sticks'. They are normally available here in the US in all grocery stores.

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