Monday, October 29, 2012

Pudhina Pulao / Mint Pulao | Pulao Recipes

Pudhina Pulao or mint pulao, is one of my favorite. It is easy to prepare recipe at the morning time and just a normal onion raita goes well with it. I just love the smell which surrounds the house, when the mint pulao is getting ready. This smell itself makes me hungry most of the time.


  • Basmati Rice - 3 cups
  • Water - 4.5 cups + 1/4th cup
  • Mint leaves - 1 bunch
  • Coriander leaves - a handful
  • Onion - 1 big (cut lenthwise)
  • Green Chillies - 4
  • Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 tsp
  • Salt - as per taste
  • Ghee - 2 tsp

To Temper

  • Oil - 3tsp
  • Cinnamon Stick - 1 crushed
  • Star anise - 2
  • Bayleaves - 1 (crushed)
  • Fennel Seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Cloves - 3 to 4
  • Cardamom - 1


  • Soak the rice for 20 to 30 min.

  • Wash the Mint leaves.

  • In a mixer grinder/food processor, add the mint leaves and green chilies and with little water (1/4th cup), make a paste.

  • In a pressure cooker, add oil and the ingredients under Temper, one by one and fry for a min.

  • Add the Onion and fry till translucent.

  • Add ginger garlic paste and saute till the raw smell goes off.

  • Add the mint paste and salt and cook for 5 min approx.

  • Add the soaked rice and water.

  • When the water starts boiling, close the cooker lid (no need to put weight), and keep in low flame.
  • After 10 to 12 min, slowly open the lid and add the ghee. 
  • Switch off the flame.

  • Mix gently and again close for another 5 min.
  • Serve hot with raita.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Pavakkai Poriyal / Bitter gourd Stir fry


  • Bittergourd - 4
  • Onion - 1
  • Mustard seeds - a pinch
  • Urud dal - 1/2 tsp
  • Dry Red Chillies - 2
  • Turmeric powder - a pinch
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Oil - 2 tsp
  • Salt as per taste
  • Little water (optional)


  • Wash and cut bitter gourd and onion in to small pieces.
  • In a kadai, add 1 tsp oil, and when hot add mustard seeds, urud dal and fry till urud dal becoms light brown.

  • Add onion, red chillies and curry leaves.

  • When onion becomes translucent, add the bitter gourd and start frying it.

  • After 5min, sprinkle little water. (Do not add more). Add required salt to taste.
  • Add another 1 tsp oil, fry and add turmeric powder and close the kadai with a lid.

  • Stir the bitter gourd, in 2 minutes interval and take care not to over fry it.
  • Check whether the bitter gourd are cooked, by smashing one piece in hand.

  • When cooked, switch off, and serve it as a side dish for Rasam Rice or Sambar rice.

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Round Up: Dish Name Starts with O

Here is the round up of Dish Name Starts with O

Oats Dosai
Jemini of My Style of Recipes

Oats Dates Almond Milkshake
Sowmya of Nivedhanam
Onion sweet hot and sour chutney
Sowmya of Nivedhanam

Onion Dosa
Preeti of Preeti Kitchen Life

Oats Payasam
Shobha of Food Mazaa

Oats and Aloo Puris
Shobha of Food Mazaa

Oats Chappathi
Shama of Easy2cook recipes
Orange Cake with Chocolate Icing
Nayana of Nayana's Kitchen Kreation

Osaaman (Gujarati Dal)
Nayana of Nayana's Kitchen Kreation

Oats n Wheat Paniyaram
Nayana of Nayana's Kitchen Kreation
Oats and honey cookies
Shailaja of Sahasra recipes
Oats and fruits smoothie
Preeti of Preeti Kitchen Life
Oats Dosa
Sowmya of Nivedhanam

Orange Jellies n Raspberry Salad
Jessie of Cooking moments

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Edith of Precious Momements 66
Onion Tomato Capsicum Rice
Swetha of Swetha in the Kitchen
Preeti of Preeti Kitchen Life

Orange and mint water
Preeti of Preeti Kitchen Life

Onion rings
Shailaja of Sahasra recipes

Oats cucumber savory
Shailaja of Sahasra recipes
Orange Colada
Preeti of Preeti Kitchen Life

Orange Chocolate Cake
Pallavi of Cook Eat Burrp
Orange custard with fruits and Vegetables
Latha of Forksnfolks
Onion paratha
Sheelu of Ghar ka khana
Oats Pongal
Babitha of Babi's Recipes

Oma Podi/Sev
Janani of Red Chilly Curry
Oats and sprouts kebab
Preeti of Preeti Kitchen Life

Oats Dosa
Sangeetha of Nitha's Kitchen

Okra Fry
Sangeetha of Nitha's Kitchen
Sangeetha of Nitha's Kitchen
Oilless Radish Paratha
Sangeetha of Nitha's Kitchen
Onion Pakoda
Sangeetha of Nitha's Kitchen
Onion/garlic/gingerless Mushroom Biryani
Sangeetha of Nitha's Kitchen

Oats Almond Cookies
Akila of Learning-to-cook
Oats Banana Walnut Cake
Akila of Learning-to-cook
Oats Rawa Dosa
Akila of Learning-to-cook
Onion Pakoda
Akila of Learning-to-cook
Oats Coconut Cookies
Akila of Learning-to-cook
Oats Chocochip Cookies
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