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For our usual day to day rice, we have opted for brown basmathi rice at my home. But when it comes to variety rice I opt for the normal white basmathi rice. Recently I got inspired by Apsara @ Eating Well Diary , she had posted vaangi bath with brown rice. Liz from My Favourite Pastime had also asked me for some brown rice recipes, Liz had prepared some beautiful recipes with brown rice. Now I got the inspiration from these two lovely ladies 🙂 here it goes…

Cilantro_Mint_Brown_Rice

Ingredients:

Cilantro : 15 to 20 strands

Mint Leaves : 15 to 20

Onion: 1/2 large

Green Chili : 1

Ginger : a small piece

Garlic : 1 pod

Brown Basmathi rice : 2 cups

Cinnamon Stick : 1 small

Cloves : 3

Cumin Seeds : 1/2 teaspoon

Olive Oil : 1 teaspoon

Salt : 1/2 teaspoon

Method:

Clean brown basmathi rice. Soak the rice for 1 hr. Drain water after an hour.

Clean mint and cilantro leaves. Roughly chop them. Chop onions, green chili and garlic. Grate ginger. Put all these in a blender and blend them well with some water. Measure how many cups this yields. I got around 2 1/2 cups.

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Now heat oil in pressure cooker (you can prepare this in normal pan, or rice cooker as well). Add cinnamon stick, cloves, cumin seeds. When they crackle. Add the mix from blender to this. Let it get heated for 4 to 5 mins.

Next add the rice in this and mix well. Add salt as well. To cook brown basmathi rice, I use 1:2.5 for rice : water. As I had already add 2 1/2 cup of the mix, I added another 2.5 cups water to this. You can add up to 3 cups of water for 1 cup of brown rice. Then I had pressure cooked it for 20 minutes.( Around 10 whistles)

If you are using rice cooker, instead of pressure cooker, add oil in pan and follow the same procedure. Once you mix rice with the mixture of mint and cilantro, put it in rice cooker and proceed the cooking.

Also you can either use Cilantro or Mint leaves only without combining and make this rice.

Once done serve it with Yogurt 🙂

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