Ok, this one is an easy and well-known recipe nevertheless I am putting it up here. This was the most popular lunch box dish among my friends and my personal favorite too. The freshness of mint along with a nice cooling cucumber raita is perfect for a summer day.
Ingredients : Serves 2
1 cup of long grained basmati rice
1 and 3/4 cups water
1 bunch of mint/pudina.
1 cup of frozen/ fresh peas
1 Onion cut into small pieces
2 of each of Assorted spices like cloves, cinnamon, bay leaf, cardamom, star anise.
2 teaspoons of pulao masala
2 small cloves of garlic
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil/ ghee or clarified butter
Salt to taste
In a pressure or electric cooker, cook the rice using the above ratio for rice and water. Once cooked, spread them on a flat plate for it to cool. This helps to keep the grains separated.
Blend together the mint leaves, garlic and chillies with very little water . Heat oil in a pan. Add the onion and saute them till translucent. Add the spices or the spice powder.
Add the pudina mixture and peas and saute till the water content reduces and peas are cooked. Add the cooled rice and salt. Mix well ensuring the grains of rice don’t break.
Serve with cucumber or any other raita of your choice.