Cook's Hideout: Cabbage-Pudina Pulao (Cabbage Mint Pilaf)

December 15, 2013

Cabbage-Pudina Pulao (Cabbage Mint Pilaf)

Can't believe there's only 10 days left for Christmas. But the weather here has been sending quite a few signals that it is almost winter and holiday season is just around the corner. We had 2 snow storms this week and the temperatures are below freezing. Can't wait for winter to end even before it started :-)
After that brief weather report, here's what's cooking in my house. I made this quick and easy (almost) 1 pot dish for one of our meals last week. Recipe is from a Telugu cooking show. I already have 2 cabbage rice recipes on the blog, but this one has whole garam masala spices and ground masala that gives a nice flavor to the dish.
Cabbage-Pudina Pulao (Cabbage Mint Pilaf)
In the original recipe, rice was cooked with the veggies in the pot making it a 1-pot dish, but I cooked the rice separately and added it to the veggies at the end. All in all it is a tasty variation to regular pulaos and can be prepared in short amount of time.

Cabbage-Pudina Pulao (Cabbage Mint Pilaf)
Rice - 1cup (I used basmati rice, but any rice can be used)
Cabbage - 2cups, shredded
Onion - 1 medium, thinly sliced
Tomatoes - 2 medium, chopped
Mint - ½cup + 2tbsp, finely chopped
Ginger - 1" piece
Garlic - 3cloves
Coriander seeds - 1tbsp
Green chilies - 3~4 (adjust as per taste)
Yogurt - 2tbsp
Whole garam masala spices - 3 cloves, 2 cardamom pods, 1" cinnamon stick, 1 bay leaf
Salt - to taste


  • Wash and soak rice for at least 30 minutes. 
  • Cook rice till tender making sure that the grains are separate and not mushy. Set aside. Skip this step if you want to cook rice with the veggies.
  • In the meantime, grind coriander seeds, ginger, garlic, green chilies, ½cup of mint and yogurt into a smooth paste. Set aside.
  • Heat 2tbsp oil in a pan; add the whole garam masala spices and cook for about 1 minute or until fragrant. Next add onions and cook until the onions are slightly browned around the edges.
  • Add the ground paste and cook until it does not smell raw anymore, about 2~3 minutes.
  • Now add the cabbage and cook covered until tender, about 6~8 minutes.
  • Add chopped tomatoes and cook till they are almost mushy.
  • Now add the cooked rice, salt and 2tbsp mint; mix well and cook covered for 2~3 minutes. 
  • If you want to make it a 1 pot dish, add uncooked rice after tomatoes are cooked along with 2 cups of water, salt and mint. Cook until all the water is absorbed and rice is tender. Pressure cooker can also be used.
  • Turn off the heat and serve hot with some potato chips and yogurt.
Cabbage-Pudina Pulao (Cabbage Mint Pilaf)

Sending this to week's Valli's 'Cooking with Cookbook Challenge'.



  1. I love cabbage - this one must be so flavorful...stay warm :)

  2. Cabbage in a pulao is not very common. Good to see the recipe...the mint should add a very nice flavor to the dish! I have been making a lot of one pot meal as well for the past few days. Guess it is the weather :)

  3. Very flavorful and yummy rice.

  4. Yes and very soon the new year is going to be here..:)..I would make it as a one pot meal to have...I always enjoy these rice dishes, so much easier to make..

  5. Pulav looks so delish ! lovely clicks.....

  6. Rice.looks very inviting and the clicks are awesome as usual.

  7. minty pulav surely sounds yummy and flavorful .....

  8. Cabbage is an unusual veggie for pulao's, (I have a recipe for it too) & I'm sure it tastes delicious :)

  9. Delicious looking cabbage pulao,nice clicks.


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