Cilantro Rice is an easy and tasty alternative to plain rice. Cilantro leaves is nothing but coriander leaves. This one pot dish is really aromatic. Have it with raita , pickle , or with any veg / non-veg Curry
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Preparation time : 10 minutes
Cooking time : 15-20 minutes
- Basmati Rice – 2.5 cups
- bay leaves – 2
- cloves – 5
- black pepper corn – 7
- cinnamon – 1 inch piece
- cardamom – 4
- onion – 2 medium (sliced)
- turmeric powder – a pinch
- boiling water – 5 cups
- potato – 2 medium (chopped) (optional)
- peas – 1/3 cups (optional)
- oil, salt
For cilantro paste :
- coriander leaves / cilantro – 1 cup (chopped)
- green chillies – 5
- ginger – 1 inch
- garlic – 8 cloves
- cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon
- fennel seeds – 1 teaspoon
- coconut grated – 5 tablepsoon
Step 1 : Rinse and soak the rice in water for 30 minutes. Drain and keep aside. Grind the ingredients of the cilantro paste with water (approx. 5 tablespoon) in a grinder and keep it ready.
Step 2: Heat oil in a pan. saute cloves, peppercorn, cinnamon and cardamom until they become fragrant. Add onions and saute till they become golden.
Step 3 : Add the cilantro paste and turmeric powder. Stir well. saute for a couple of minutes in low flame. Add potatoes and peas (optional).
Step 4: Now add rice. Stir gently and saute for a minute.
Step 5 : Add boiling water . Season with salt. Cover and cook till the rice is done.
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