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Brown Rice Green Pulao (Brown Rice & Mint Pilaf)

Author: Pavani
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Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 5 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 34 serving


  • 1 cup Brown Rice
  • 1 Onion - medium, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Ginger garlic + paste
  • ¼ tsp Turmeric
  • 1 Tomato - medium, chopped
  • to taste Salt

For Green Masala/ Spice Paste:

  • 1 cup Mint leaves (can be substituted with cilantro or a mix of mint and cilantro)
  • 2 - 3 chilies Green
  • 6 - 8 Peppercorns
  • 1 Cinnamon "
  • 3 Cloves
  • 3 pods Cardamom


  • Wash, rinse and soak brown rice for at least 5-6 hours or overnight. Drain the water from the rice and reserve the drained water.
  • Make the Masala Paste: Grind all the ingredients listed under Masala/ spice paste using little water, if needed.
  • Make the rice: Heat 1tbsp oil in a medium saucepan; add onions and saute until translucent. Then add ginger + garlic paste and cook for 1 minute.
  • Next add the green/ masala paste, turmeric and tomatoes. Saute till tomatoes soften and the paste doesn't smell raw anymore.
  • Add brown rice along with 2½-3 cups of reserved water. Bring the mixture to a boil then lower the heat and simmer covered until all the water is absorbed and the rice is completely cooked, about 30-35 minutes. (Amount of water and the cooking time depend on the type of brown rice used, so use package directions).
  • Let the rice rest for about 5-10 minutes before digging in.


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