Minty Rice (Pudine Wale Chawal)

Garnish this colorful dish with fresh grated coconut. Delicious with lamb, fish, and seafood.

Serves: 4Hands-on: 25 minutesTotal: 50 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 4


  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 serrano green chilies, seeded and minced
  • 1 small red onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • Table salt, to taste
  • ¼ cup minced mint
  • ½ cup plain yogurt, whipped
  • 1¾ cups water


  • Rinse the rice at least 3 to 4 times with water. Drain and set aside.
  • In a deep pan, heat the vegetable oil. Add the green chilies and onions; sauté for 3 to 5 minutes or until the onions are soft.
  • Add the salt and the mint; sauté for 1 minute. Add the yogurt and mix well; cook for about 2 minutes.
  • Add the rice and mix well; sauté for about 2 minutes.
  • Add the water and stir for 1 minute. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat. Loosely cover with a lid and cook for about 12 to 15 minutes or until most of the water has evaporated. You will see small craters forming on top of the rice.
  • Cover tightly and reduce the heat to the lowest setting; simmer for another 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for about 5 minutes. Serve hot. Fluff with a fork before serving.