Ayurvedic Mint Rice Recipe

5 Min
25 Min
30 Min
Type of
150 cal.
5 People

Ayurvedic Mint Rice Recipe
This simple rice dish is packed with mint and cilantro, creating a fresh, green dish that will lighten up any dinner. A healthy dose of Indian spices add a little heat, bringing this recipe to perfect balance.

  • 1/2 cup grated coconut
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 cup Basmati rice
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 small green chili seeds removed
  • 1 tablespoon ghee or butter
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 whole cinnamon stick
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 5 whole black peppercorns
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 cups warm water

1Combine grated coconut and warm water in a small bowl. Stir to combine and let sit for 15 minutes. Squeeze coconut to expel as much excess water as possible. Discard water and fluff coconut with a fork. Set aside.

2.Rinse rice until the water runs clear. Soak for 10 minutes before straining and setting aside.
In a mortar and pestle (or a small food processor), grind mint, cilantro, garlic, chili, and coconut to a thick paste. Add a few drops of water if necessary to help form the paste.

3.In a saucepan, melt ghee over medium heat. Add cinnamon, cloves, peppercorns, and cumin seeds. Once the spices develop a nice aroma and start to pop, lower heat to low and add onions. Sauté the onions for 4-5 minutes, or until they turn translucent. Add paste, stir well, and cook for another 2 minutes.

4. Add rice and sauté the grains for 1 minute. Add 2 cups warm water to pot and cover tightly. Cook rice until done, about 10 minutes. Fluff rice with a fork and serve immediately.