Pudina, Pappula Annam / Mint Dal Rice Pulao Recipe ~ Weekend Cooking!

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There are moments in life when you feel time is standing still. In one moment, a kaleidoscope of things swirl past you in a wink of eye. One week has passed without any efforts, rather efforts that showed much progress. We were so happy getting the notice card from the boys’ school. It stated that their LG school will start from April. We were started knowing how days are flying. They would soon begin their school and things will all change.

I so want to grab time and make it not change. I still remember how hard it was when Konda started her school. We used to feel wretched sending her to play school, then primary. Thinking about it and planning for it, she is already in her 4th standard. I am sure the time will fly the equally same pace for my boys. I hold their tiny hands and wonder when I missed noticing Konda’s hands gone big!

Though we made a resolution to take one day as it comes, enjoy every single moment, time has a way to creep and steal the time from us. Before I can even know, moments are passing away. We took the boys to stitch their uniform. We went in the bike, it was fun having Peddu sandwiched between his dad and me. He kept a steady string of questions. “What is that Amma, What is this Amma,” When they saw the tailor, they were quite happy. The Tailor took Peddu’s measurements but he again had to take Chinnu’s as he won’t budge from the place without his share of measurements. Chinnu was looking quite stern with a look that said how dare you not take my measurements!

As this week guarantee a dose of Stuffed parathas, I was talking about it with my friends over FB and got new ideas. Will surely be trying to make them this week. Be assured that you will get to see some stuffed delicacies will come your way!

Coming to the recipe for today, its something that Amma made for me while I was busy with the non veg part of it. As Sundays are usually meant to be a Rasam Sadam for me, she thought I would enjoy this new rice variety. Of course I did and I said I wanted to share this here.

The title can be translated from Telugu to English as to Pudina – Mint leaves, Pappulu means Dal, as this rice gets a dose of three different Lentils as the main ingredient.

I was quite impressed with the way this rice leads itself to us!

Pudina, Pappula Annam ~ Mint Dal Rice Pulao

Ingredients Needed:

Rice – 1 cup
Onions – 1 medium
Mint leaves / Pudina – handful
Ginger Garlic paste – 1/2 tsp
Green Chilies – 2 -3 depending on your taste
Cloves, Cinamon, Cardamom powder – 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil – 2 tsp

Dal Powder

Urad Dal – 1 tsp
Bengal Gram/Channa Dal – 1 tsp
Split Yellow Moong Dal – 1 tsp
Fried Gram Dal – 1 tsp

Cooking Utensil – Non Stick pan with lid,
you can pressure cook but will have to adjust the water used.

Method to prepare:

To make the Dal Powder:

Dry roast all the dals one by one till they start leaving out aroma. Allow it to cool and grind to a fine powder.

To make the Rice:

Wash and soak the rice for 15 mins.

Heat a non stick pan with oil. Add the onions, fry till they are translucent. Add the ginger garlic paste, sauté well. Add the green chilies and mint leaves. Sauté till they wilt.

Then add the drained rice, salt, sauté for couple of mins, add the ground dal powder, spice powder and combine well.

Add 2 cups of water and bring to boil. Then reduce the heat and cook with lid covered for 10 mins till the rice is well cooked.


  • This should taste good with the regular sona masuri rice too, but Basmati always brings out fine aromas.
  • The rice has a hint of mint with nutty flavour, quite good on its own, though you can always serve this with onion raitha.

Enjoy and have a great week ahead. I promise to be back with a stuffed paratha!

Pudina, Pappula Annam / Mint Dal Rice Pulao Recipe ~ Weekend Cooking!

Course Main Dish - Rice
Author Srivalli
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  1. That is so funny…Srivalli…my daughter is in 4th grade as well…we look at her growing taller and I think pretty soon she will be as tall as I am!!!

    Nice mint rice dish!!!

  2. I fully agree with you, time is just flying, it was like yesterday Shyama was in LKG and now she is in the last year of school.
    Love the rice, one of the herbs i love is mint.

  3. Very true Srivalli,its just like yesterday that lil angel was born and now she is 2 years old!GOsh how time flies…

    Nice idea of dal powder in mint rice.Got to try..

  4. Yes I totally agree….i cant believe my son is two and a half already….i still feel like he is a new born…until he plays all his toddler tantrum cards that is…nice mint rice recipe btw…

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