Wednesday 27 November 2013

Coriander Pulao / Coriander / Cilantro Rice / கொத்தமல்லி சாதம்

Here is an easy to make rice variety prepared using freshly ground coriander leaves.   This rice is rich in flavour and suits well for lunch box.


Basmati rice / Raw rice - 1 cup
Onion - 1
Lemon juice - from 1 small lime
Salt – to taste

To Grind:
Green chilies - 2 or 3
coriander leaves - ½ bunch
Ginger - 1'' piece

For Seasoning:
Cinnamon - 1
Cloves - 3
Cumin seeds - ½ tsp
Ghee - 1 tsp
Oil - 1 tbsp 


Chop the onion lengthwise and keep aside.

Grind the ingredients given under “To Grind” into a paste form and keep aside.

Wash and soak rice in water for about fifteen minutes.

Add oil and ghee in a pressure cooker and once it becomes hot, add the ingredients under “For Seasoning”.

After it crackles, add chopped onions. Saute well, till it reaches golden brown in colour. 


Now add grounded paste and salt; saute well till the raw smell goes. Then add drained basmati rice.

Give a quick mix and add 1½ to 2 cups (adjust according to the quality of rice) of water. When the water starts boiling, add lime juice. Check for salt and spice.

Close the cooker with lid. After the first whistle simmer for five minutes and switch off the gas.

Serve hot with onion raita or with any spicy gravy.


For variety, you can use ginger garlic paste instead of adding only ginger.

You may also add veggies like peas, corn, etc.

You can use red chill powder to increase the spice level.


  1. I never get right with kothamalli sadham ... Mine always have a bitterness and now I stopped trying it too .
    But yours look super good ...
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  2. i like this variety rice. really yummy with raitha. Also nice pictures poornima.

  3. I never squeezed lemon for this rice..I can imagine how yummy it will be with lemon juice
    Shobas Delight

  4. one flavorful pulao :) i make this quite often your version is great

  5. Pulao looks very rich, very new to me and nicely made :)

  6. Yum !! need to try this one for sure :)

  7. I have never made coriander pulao. Would love to give it a try. Nice recipe.
    Thanks for sharing.

  8. Great food, like to taste :)

  9. very nice.. it is looking too yummmy :)


  10. Whatever category Pure Traditional Basmati rice dish goes in – it looks like my sort of dinner / lunch / meal :)


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