Ok i have to tell,i planted mint now its overtaking every space in my vegetable garden ,so i have to come up with many recipes involving mint as main ingredient.Tried chutneys and tried to add mint to drinks but this is overwhelming amount of mint.
So after through lot of googling finally planned to make a mint rice;
But i tried to make it little healthy so i used quinoa instead of rice and for extra boost of flavours i added garbanzo beans.Guess what it turned out to be awesome.
I found a lot of mint rice recipes with ground mint paste,which i didnt dare to take as i am not that sure how it will taste ,so with not so sure i tried mint leaves with out grinding .I have to say it didn't taste bad at all infact it tasted so yummy.I used whole mint leaf;but my suggestion to myself will be chop them next time because my 15 months old find it more challenging to chew.Other than that fantastic
So here's the recipe...
For 90 Gms:
Mint leaves - 2 cups
Coconut oil -1 tbsp
Cloves - 4
Cinnamon - 1 inch stick
Bay leaf - 1 0r 2
Star Anise - 1
Onion - 1 cup chopped
Green Chillies - 2 no
Garbanzo beans - 1 can / 2 cups cooked
Coconut Milk (thick) - 1/3 cup
Salt - 1 tsp
Cooked Quinoa - 2 cups
Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
Whole Pepper - 1 tsp
Coriander pd -1 tsp
Cumin Pd - 1 tsp
Chilly Pd - 1/2 tsp(optional)
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1/2 tsp each
Lemon - 1
Any vegetable (optional) - i had 1/2 cup of mixed frozen vegetables so i used.You can add any veg you like ,Potatoes , carrot , cauliflower, peas are all good options
1.As usual heat pan and add oil,once its hot add whole spices cinnamon,cardamom,bayleaf,staranise,cloves,pepper and cumin seeds.
2.Then add onions and green chillies ,once they are sauteed well enough add ginger garlic paste and saute them very well.
3.Add 2 tbsp of water to help ginger garlic paste to cook uniformly.
4.Then add vegetables if using now.Saute them very well,You have to cook it thoroughly so add water if needed.If using frozen veg don't add water just keep on stirring until they are sauteed .
5.Then add mint leaves now...now keep stirring until all mint leaves are completely wilted and give some extra time for all the raw smell to be gone otherwise it won't taste that good...
6.Once mint leaves are completely sauteed add coriander and cumin pad and saute till the raw smell is gone,help it cook by add a little water.
7.Then add coconut milk and let it mix well.Add 1/4 cup water if your coconut milk is so thick.
8.Then add garbanzo beans and mix well and now add cooked quinoa and a tsp of lemon juice and salt and let it come together.
9.Then cover and lower the flame to lowest setting and let it sit for 20 min.Once all water is completely gone ,open lid and give a fluff and serve it with raitha.