1/2 cup Basmati Rice (long grained rice)
1/2 cup Mint Leaves
1/2 cup Coriander Leaves, chopped
1/2 teaspoon Lemon Juice
1/4 teaspoon Ginger, finely chopped
2-3 Cloves of Garlic
2 tablespoons Fresh Grated Coconut
1 Green Cardamom, optional
2 Cloves (long)
1 Cinnamon Stick, broken into two pieces
1/2 piece of Bay Leaf
1 Green Chilli, finely chopped
1 medium Onion, sliced
1 cup Water
Salt to taste
1 tablespoon Oil or Ghee
Fresh Mint Leaves and Roasted Cashew Nuts, for garnishing
Wash rice 2-3 times in water. Soak them in 1-cup water for 15 minutes. Add rice along with soaked water in a pan and bring it to boil over medium flame.
Cover the pan with a lid, reduce flame to low and cook for 10 minutes. Turn off flame and let it stand for 5-7 minutes. Remove the lid, transfer rice in a plate and let it cool for 4-5 minutes.
Meanwhile, add mint leaves, coriander leaves, lemon juice, ginger, garlic and grated fresh coconut in a small chutney jar of mixer grinder.
Crush them to a smooth mint paste. Do not prepare this paste in advance otherwise it turns darker in color.
Heat the oil in a non-stick pan or kadai over medium flame. Add green cardamom, bay leaf, cloves, cinnamon and sauté until cloves start to crackle for approx. 40 seconds. Add finely chopped green chilli and sliced onion; sauté until onion turns light brown.
Add mint paste (prepared in step-4).
Sauté it for 2-3 minutes.
Add cooked rice and salt.
Mix gently until each rice grain is evenly coated with masala. Cook for 2-3 minutes and turn off flame.
Transfer mint rice to serving bowl and garnish with fresh mint leaves and roasted cashew nuts.