Hara Bhara Pulav (Cilantro & Mint Rice)

Rice …. This was our staple food during my Masters :). I think my room mates  would agree with me on this :). Rice was almost part of every meal we ate. The reason being, it was the easiest to make and less time-consuming. We just had to wash the rice and toss it in the rice cooker. I had a phobia for steamed rice almost for quiet some time after that. So, now that I am over my phobia :0), I try to cook rice in a different form. So here is one recipe for you. If you like the flavor of cilantro and mint you will enjoy this.


1 1/2 cups of Basmati rice (rinse it well and soak it for at least 30 minutes prior to cooking)

2-3 Big Cardamom

1-2 Bay leaves

3-4 Cloves

3-4 Whole Black Pepper

1-2 small cinnamon sticks

1 tsp Cumin Seeds

2 tbsp Ghee (clarified butter)

handful of Cashews

2 tsp red chili powder

Salt to taste

3 to 3 1/2 cups of water

For Cilantro & Mint paste: Grind the following ingredients to a fine paste (add water as desired).

2 cups fresh cilantro leaves

1/4 cup mint leaves

2 tbsp fresh grated coconut

1 tsp cumin seeds

1 tsp lemon juice

1 tsp sugar

2-3 green chillies

1 tsp grated ginger


  1. Add the ghee to a pan or a wok. You could even cook this in the rice cooker.
  2. Once the ghee melts, add the spices. Cumin seeds, cloves, black pepper, bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, cardamom.
  3. Once you smell the odor of the spices, add the cashews and roast them.
  4. Now add the cilantro and mint paste and cook it for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Now add the rice and water and salt. Stir the mixture and cover it to let it cook. Turn the flame to med-low.
  6. It should take approximately 20 minutes or so for the rice to cook. Check for if the rice is cooked well.

Serving Tips:

  • Enjoy this with any form of Raita or Curry.

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