Sunday, 3 August 2014

Mint Fried Rice

Any mint lovers out there? I love that flavor and this is one recipe that brings out the best in mint! I learnt this recipe from my mom and this is a very easy one-pot meal that tastes best when served hot or even a perfect recipe for lunch box.

  • Cooked Rice - 1 cup (Preferably long-rain/basmathi)
  • Mint leaves - 1 bunch
  • Green chilli - 1 to 2
  • Onion - 1 medium, chopped lengthwise
  • Boiled potatoes and peas - 1/2 cup (optional)
  • Salt - as needed
  • Oil - 1 tablespoon
  • Bay leaf - 1
  • Cinnamon stick - 1/2 inch piece
  • Cloves - 2

  1. Wash and pat dry the mint leaves
  2. In a pan, add a teaspoon of oil and fry the mint leaves for a minute
  3. Once they reduce in size, allow it to cool and grind it into a smooth paste along with green chilli. You can add a tablespoon of water while grinding
  4. Heat oil in a pan and add bay leaf, cinnamon stick, cloves and fry for half a minute. Add the chopped onions and fry till the onion becomes translucent
  5. Now add in the mint-chilli paste, potatoes and peas(if adding) and cook for 2 minutes in medium flame
  6. Add salt and cooked rice. Mix well, but gently and fry for a minute
  7. To enhance the flavor, you can add some lemon juice in the end and give it a mix
  8. Serve hot or pack it for lunch along with any raita or pappad!

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