Minty Fruit ‘n’ Nut Rice

Fruit 'n' Nut Rice

I’m crazy about Mint.

I think its high time I made that confession. Or you’ll probably think I don’t know how to innovate, considering SO many of my recipes contain mint in them. 😉

This is one of those meals I made when Mom was out and I had to fend for myself. Every time I create a new recipe for a one pot Rice dish, I marvel at myself for cooking so well! I’m not an egoistic brat. But I just happen to be my own favorite chef! If you love dry fruits & nuts – chances are you’ll love this dish too!

Minty Fruit ‘n’ Nut Rice – THE RECIPE

The ingredients –

Soak the rice in warm water for 15-20 minutes if you have the time. It’ll help to cook the rice faster.

Then drain out and set aside.

Meanwhile, heat oil in a non stick pan. Add Bay leaf, cinnamon, cloves & star anise. Cook till a gentle aroma starts to come from the whole spices. Also grate some nutmeg.

Add the green chili, nuts and dry fruits. Fry for a minute until the nuts turn golden brown

Add onions, garlic & mix.

Sauté for 2-3 minutes on medium flame until onions start to turn translucent.

Add the drained rice and mix well.

Add salt.

Cook for a minute till it dries out.

Wash the Mint leaves well.

Add them to the rice.

Give a quick toss.

Add water. (I also mixed 1/4 cup of milk with the water – which resulted in a mildly spiced rice)

Close with a lid, bring it down to simmer & continue to cook for 15-20 minutes or until the rice is fully cooked through.

With 2 forks, fluff up the rice from bottom up to mix the flavors without breaking the rice.

Serve hot with any side dish you prefer.

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Minty Fruit 'n' Nut Rice
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 2-4
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Basmati Rice (Any long grain aromatic rice)
  • 2 cups Water (amount will vary as per the type of rice used)
  • 1 cup Fresh Mint leaves
  • ⅓ cup Dry fruits, chopped (I used tiny golden raisins)
  • ¼ cup chopped Nuts (cashews, almonds, walnuts - any or mixture of all)
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 inch Cinnamon Stick
  • 2 Cloves
  • 2 Cardamom pods (optional)
  • 2 Green Chilli, slit lengthwise
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • Nutmeg, as required (optional)
  • 1 TBsp Vegetable Oil
Instructions
  1. Soak the rice in warm water for 15-20 minutes if you have the time. It'll help to cook the rice faster. Then drain out and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a non stick pan. Add Bay leaf, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves & star anise. Cook till a gentle aroma starts to come from the whole spices. Also grate in a pinch of nutmeg if you want.
  3. Add the green chili, nuts and dry fruits. Fry for a minute until the nuts turn golden brown
  4. Add onions, garlic & mix.
  5. Sauté for 2-3 minutes on medium flame until onions start to turn translucent.
  6. Add the drained rice and mix well.
  7. Add salt & mix. Cook for a minute till it dries out.
  8. Wash the Mint leaves well. Add them to the rice. Give a quick toss.
  9. Add water. Let that come to a boil.
  10. Close with a lid, bring it down to simmer & continue to cook for 15-20 minutes or until the rice is fully cooked through.
  11. With 2 forks, fluff up the rice from bottom up to mix the flavors without breaking the rice.
  12. Serve hot with any side dish you prefer.

2 Comment

  1. Mitali says: Reply

    Evn i luv mint a lot.. once again, yummy recipe!

  2. Shruti says: Reply

    Looks really delicious!!I wanna try..:D

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