Coriander Rice is a gorgeous flavorful, aromatic Indian side dish, which can be accompanied to other spiced dishes, which contain vegetables, meat or seafood.
Learn how to make coriander rice, aka cilantro rice, from scratch with the step by step pictures further below. Also, perfico.com send me an apron. See if it fits me! 😀
Flavored rice side dishes are common in India and there are countless variations, besides Pulao rice, which I would like to highlight more in the future here. They are versatile and you can serve them up with different main dish variations. You can read about some serving ideas after the recipe.
Coriander in some places in the world is better known as Cilantro. This kind of confused me at some point when I visited US food blogger websites. Why would there be another name for coriander in English? After all coriander has similar names, in German it is Koriander and in french it is also simply known as coriandre.
I don t know why cilantro stuck as a name for coriander.
Anyway, coriander rice has a grass green/yellowish color to it. It’s fresh coriander leaves turned into a paste and enriched with other flavors including the bright yellow turmeric powder (also known as Curcuma). The Turmeric lightens up the dish and gives it the good ol’ Indian flavors, which we are accustomed to.
To make coriander rice from scratch is not rocket science. Get super fresh leaves, either the flat coriander kind or the fat coriander leaves, it doesn’t matter. Both type have the same flavor.
Place the freshly washed coriander leafs into a blender with onion and turn it to a paste with some water. Cook the rice, fry some spices, add the green paste, cook and mix the cooked rice into it. Voila!
Coriander Rice Recipe – How to make Coriander Rice – Cilantro Rice
- 200 grams Basmati Rice or 1 cup
- 400 milliliter Water or 2 cups
- 1 Onion peeled and quartered
- a little more then ½ Cup washed Coriander or about a handful (see photo below as reference)
- 50 milliliter Water
- 2 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1 Teaspoon Mustard Seeds (dark red or brown rai variety)
- 1 Tablespoon Ginger Garlic Paste or 1 inch fresh Ginger and 2 clove Garlic finely chopped or smashed
- ½ Teaspoon Cumin Seed Powder
- ½ Teaspoon Turmeric Powder
- Salt to Taste
- 1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
- Coriander leaves to garnish
- Wash your rice well and cook it for about 12 minutes or until it's soft and cooked through. Strain the rice and keep aside once cooked.
- Add the Coriander leaves and onion quarters to the blender with the 50 milliliter Water and blend to a smooth paste. Add to a pot the olive oil and mustard seeds. Carefully heat up and pop the mustard seeds. You need to keep the heat steady for about a minute so that the mustard seeds get "cooked" in that time. While doing that, the mustard seeds will pop up and emit a nutty flavor. Once you can get that nutty aroma, remove from the heat. At that point I always let it just cool for a minute before continuing the cooking of the paste.
- Then take back to the heat and add the Ginger Garlic Paste, Cumin Seed Powder and Turmeric Seed Powder. Stir fry the whole content for a minute and then add the green coriander paste.
- Stir cook for about 4 minutes or until the paste is done. Season with salt and taste to check if it's cooked and ready. Take from the heat and let cool, then add at the end the lemon juice and mix well before adding the cooked rice. Carefully mix the whole content, garnish with some chopped fresh clean coriander and serve hot.
Serve the Coriander Rice with:
- Recheado Prawns – Goan stir fried prawns in red paste
- Goan Dal – Red Lentil Curry
- Mushroom Masala
- Chicken Tikka Masala
- Aloo Gobi Masala – Potato Cauliflower
- Goan Meatball Curry – Beef Kofta Curry
- Goan Chicken Curry with Coconutmilk
- Mutter Paneer – Peas and Indian Cottage Cheese Curry
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