Oct 15, 2018

Mint Coconut Pulao ~ Lunch Box Recipes ~ Instant Pot Method

One fine rainy Friday this recipe happened when tummy is craving for comfort food, mind is calling for yummy food and the lazy body is yearning for an easy recipe. This is very simple yet comfort food for Friday Dinners and quick and convenient to aptly fit in Lunch Boxes for Kids or Grown-ups. Here is the recipe, Njoy!

Basmati Rice - 3 cups
Mint Leaves - 2 cups
Grated Fresh Coconut - 1 cup
Ginger - 1 inch stick
Green Chili - 4
Onion - 1 medium
Potato - 1 medium
salt  - 2 tsp
Garam Masala - 1 tsp
Pulao Spices - ( Cardamom - 1, Cinnamon - 2 sticks, Clove - 2, Star Anice - 1 whole , Shazeera - 1 tsp)
Vegetable Oil - 1 Tbsp
Coconut Oil - 1 Tbsp
Cilantro - 1/2 cup ( chopped)
Cashew nuts - 10 ( optional)

Preparatory Steps:

  • Wash and Soak Basmati Rice for 30 min, drain water and set rice in colander to dry. 
  • Chop Onion and Green chili length wise in long slices.
  • Peel and chop potato into medium size cubes.
  • Grind Mint Leaves, Ginger, Fresh Coconut along with 1 tsp salt in small mixie jar, into smooth paste. ( by adding little water as required while grinding)

  1. Start Instant Pot in saute mode. Add Coconut Oil, Vegetable Oil. Add Pulao spices to Oil and saute for 1 min. 
  2. Add Onion and Green Chili slices to IP, mix everything well and saute for 2 min. Add potato cubes and mix with onions and saute for 2 min.
  3. Add Mint & Coconut Paste to Pot and mix well with onions. Add Basmati rice to Pot and mix well with onion and mint spices, Add 1 tsp salt, saute for 3 min. 
  4. Add 4 cups of water to Pot, top with 1 tsp Garam Masala and chopped Cilantro.
  5. Cancel the saute mode in IP. Set IP in Pressure Cook/ Manual mode, set timer to 7 min. 
  6. QR ( Quick Release) after 7 min, and add cashew nuts on top if using and fluff rice up and down with fork, transfer to wide platter to cool down. ( this allows rice grains separate from each other)
  7. Serve warm with Cucumber Raita or Mushroom Masala Gravy Curry or Chicken Korma

Check out another (original ) version of Pudina Pulao / Mint Herbed Rice as well.

Will be back with another easy recipe in Instant Pot,
Take Care until we meet here again!

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