Thursday, April 7, 2011

Cilantro/Coriander Rice

    An herb with wide delicate lacy green leaves and a pungent flavor. The seed of the cilantro plant is known as coriander. Although cilantro and coriander come from the same plant, their flavors are very different and cannot be substituted for each other.
    Little is known about the origins of the Cilantro plant, although it is generally thought to be native to the Mediterranean and parts of southwestern Europe. Experts believe its use dates back to at least 5,000 BC. References to coriander can be found in Sanskrit writings, and the seeds were placed in Egyptian tombs.
    Gardening buffs might want to consider growing their own coriander plants. A hardy annual that thrives in loamy soil in direct sunlight, coriander should be planted at the same time that you would plant parsley in your particular area.Here I am going to share a very simple and tasty cilantro rice recipe with you.

Rice - 2 cups
Water - 4cups
Cilantro - 1 big bunch
Green chillis - 2-3
Grated coconut - 4tbsp
Garlic finely chopped - 6
cloves finely chopped - 2
Cardamom - 1
Bay leaf - 1
Cinnamon - 1inch piece
Salt as per taste
Ghee - 2 tbsp


1)Wash the cilantro nicely and blend them with green chilli in a blender.
2)Heat oil in a cooker, add in the cinnamon, bay leaf, cardomon and cloves  and saute for a minute.
3)Then add the chopped ginger, garlic and fry till the raw smell goes.
4)Add the cilantro paste to the cooker and mix nicely for about 2-3 minutes.
5)Then add the rice, salt and water and pressure cooK for two whistles.


1)Cilantro rice can also be made with already made rice. Follow till step 4 but extend the time to cook cilantro paste to 6-7 minutes. Then mix in the already cooked rice, salt and serve.


  1. delicious n tempting..nice presentation..:)
    stop by mine sometime..
    Tasty Appetite

  2. Green rice looks delicious and flavourful..

  3. This is something I've never tried. Nice recipe. Looks delicious.

  4. hey...same pinch todays post is the same too...your version sounds great too...inviting click..:P
    Tasty Appetite