Thursday, December 15, 2005


Cilantro Rice

Cilantro is also referred as coriander. It is widely used in Mexican, Caribbean and Asian cooking. In Tamil it is called kottamalli and in Malayalam malli ila. I make cilantro chutney once in a week. This week when I shopped for the veggies, I saw 4 bunches of cilantro for just 99 cents. That was a good deal. I made cilantro rice like pulav with peas and potatoes.


  • 1 cup Basmati rice
  • (1tsp cashews, 1 inch piece cinnamons stick, 2 cloves, ¼ tsp funnel seeds (saunf) , 2- 3 bay leaves, 1 cardamom )
  • 1 small onion cut into length wise
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 small potato cut into small pieces
  • A fistful of peas
  • 2- 3 tsp oil
  • Salt to taste

To grind:

  • 1 Bunch cilantro
  • 1tsp ginger
  • 2 pods of garlic
  • 4 green chilies
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp coconut


  1. Wash and soak rice for 5-10 minutes
  2. Heat oil in pressure cooker or rice cooker pan and fry cashews, cinnamons stick, cloves, Cardamom, funnel seeds (saunf) and bay leaves. Add onions fry until they are brown, add tomatoes and fry till it becomes soft. Now add potatoes, green peas and fry for few minutes.
  3. Mix the grinded items and fry in medium low heat till good smell comes. When the moisture is absorbed, add the soaked rice and fry for few more minutes. Add 1tsp salt and two cups of water. Close the lid if you cooking in the pressure cooker. Pressure cook for 10 minutes in low heat until 1 whistle and turn off the heat. If you are cooking in the rice cooker pan, remove the pan from the heat and transfer to the rice cooker and plug in.

Once the rice is cooked, check for salt and add accordingly.

Squeeze lime to the rice and mix them together and sever hot with raita and pappad.


Blogger Tina Jennifer D'Silva said...

Hmmm.. this looks so nice & delicious.. Can we add variations like chicken or seafood in this?? Will it taste good??

4:01 AM   Edit
Blogger sailu said...

Coriander rice is a regular at my home too,Priya.Am extremely fond of coriander leaves..:)

5:12 AM   Edit
Blogger Priya Bhaskaran said...

Tina you can add chicken and meat, it will tasty. I am not sure about sea food.

Same here sailu, I love coriander. I make often at home.

10:31 AM   Edit
Blogger Priya Bhaskaran said...

paz, raita is a yogurt based condiment usually containing vegetables like onion, carrot, cucumber, green chilies.

Pappad is made of dried lentils, eaten fried or roasted. It is similar to tortilla chips.

1:32 PM   Edit
Blogger yum said...

I really like it too... Try it with mint also, thats how I make it.

2:03 PM   Edit
Blogger rasiks said...

hi, thanks for the of Cilantro Rice.... I made it today! I have 2 questions about it:
1. I usually pour coconut milk to cook pulao, can I add coconut milk to this recipe, instead of water??
2. Do u have any suggestion to remove the raw smell of corriender?

8:29 PM   Edit

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