Mushroom Mint Pulao is an awesome and simple rice preparation made with mushroom, spices and basmati rice cooked together flavoured with fresh mint leaves. The flavours emanating from the dry spices, ginger-garlic paste, browned onions and mint-coriander-green chillies paste makes this dish slightly spicy but it is a delicious combo of ingredients.
Mushrooms per se are tasteless but when they are sautéed in clarified butter, mint and other spices they acquire great taste and aroma.
Mint or Pudina leaves possess a heady aroma that is infused into anything you combine it with. Mint chutney or dip is extensively used in most North Indian homes and is part of the daily menu. Eating mint chutney with your roti and dal aids in digestion. Mint candy and gum is used the world over as a mouth freshener and in India people just chew a few fresh mint leaves for the same.
Mint and coriander are the easiest available herbs and can be easily grown in your kitchen garden or even on your windowsill. I have it growing in my garden and I love using it for most of my cooking. I also infuse my drinking water with fresh mint leaves.
The aroma of mint lures even a fussy eater like me to relish and enjoy this bowl of flavoured bounty.
Recipe for Mushroom Mint Pulao:
1 large cup Basmati Rice or long-grained flavoured rice.
2 Bay leaves
2 tbsp Ghee
4 Green chillies + Fist full of fresh Mint leaves+ Fist full of Coriander leaves –
1 Onion sliced
2 bay leaves
1 cm Cinnamon stick
4 green cardamoms
Salt to taste
Heat ghee in a pan and add bay leaves, all spices. Add sliced onions and ginger-garlic paste and sauté till onions are translucent.
Now add the chopped mushrooms. When the mushrooms are almost done add the mint-coriander-chilli paste and add the salt.
Wash and soak the rice for at least 30 minutes prior to cooking.
Add the soaked rice and water to the cooked mushroom.
I usually cook rice or pulao in the rice cooker or slow cooker which is much easier as the rice gets cooked perfectly every time if you add accurate measurements of rice and water.
Serve Mushroom-Mint Rice or Pulao hot with raita or yoghurt of your choice.
That sure is a very easy peasy recipe for a bowl full of flavoured goodness, isn’t it?