coriander rice | cilantro rice

coriander rice recipe with step by step pics – aromatic and spiced rice made with fresh coriander, spices and veggies. this is an one pot and easy cilantro rice recipe.

coriander rice, cilantro rice

sharing another of those recipes that are a part of my everyday cooking. i make pulao and rice-based dishes often as they are easy to put together and cook quickly in a pressure cooker. i just need to pair a raita or a salad with the pulao. so kind of easy and also rice recipes go well in the tiffin box.

this coriander rice recipe can also be made in a thick-bottomed pot or pan. i have mentioned the pointers in the notes section of the recipe card below.

usually in coriander rice, i also add the spare veggies from the fridge, like one carrot or a couple of beans or a quarter of cauliflower or broccoli. here, i added some potatoes and green peas. though you can add any veggie and even skip if you want.

serve coriander rice with a side raita or salad. you can also have a mango pickle or lemon pickle by the side with a few roasted papads.

how to make cilantro rice

preparation

1. rinse and then soak rice in water for 30 minutes. then drain the water and keep the rice aside. prep the other ingredients when the rice is soaking.

rice for coriander rice recipe

2. take ½ cup chopped coriander leaves (cilantro leaves), 2 to 3 green chilies (chopped), ½ inch ginger (chopped), 2 tbsp unsweetened desiccated coconut or 2 tbsp grated coconut, 3 to 4 medium garlic (chopped), ½ tsp cumin seeds and ½ tsp fennel seeds in a small grinder or chutney grinder.

coriander for coriander rice recipe

3. add 2 to 3 tbsp water and grind to a smooth paste. keep this green paste aside.

paste for coriander rice recipe

making cilantro rice

4. heat 2 tbsp oil in a pressure cooker. add the following whole spices – 2 to 3 cloves, 4 to 5 black peppers, ½ inch cinnamon, 2 green cardamoms and 1 or 2 single strands of mace. saute till the spices become fragrant. a few seconds.

spices for coriander rice recipe

5. add ⅓ cup thinly sliced onions.

onions for coriander rice recipe

6. on a low to medium flame, stir and saute the onions till they become golden. keep on stirring often so that the onions have a uniform golden color and do not get burnt.

onions for coriander rice recipe

7. lower the flame and add the ground coriander-spices paste.

paste for coriander rice recipe

8. add a pinch of turmeric powder.

haldi for coriander rice recipe

9. stir very well.

making coriander rice recipe

10. add chopped 1 medium potato (chopped) and ⅓ cup green peas. you can use any mix vegetables of your choice or even skip them. stir again.

potato for coriander rice recipe

11. then add the drained rice. season with salt

rice for coriander rice recipe

cooking cilantro rice

12. stir gently and saute the rice for a minute.

making coriander rice recipe

13. add 1.5 cups of water. stir again. taste the stock and it should feel a bit salty.

water for coriander rice recipe

14. cover and pressure cook cilantro rice for 2 whistles or for 9 to 10 minutes on a medium to high flame. when the pressure settles down on its own, remove the lid and gently fluff the cilantro rice.

coriander rice recipe, cilantro rice

15. serve cilantro rice with side raita or salad or a pickle. while serving you can garnish with some chopped cilantro leaves too.

coriander rice, cilantro rice

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Coriander Rice

4.64 from 11 votes
coriander rice is an aromatic and spiced rice dish made with fresh coriander, spices and veggies.
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:30 mins
Cook Time:15 mins
Total Time:45 mins
Course:main course
Cuisine:indian
Servings (change the number to scale):2 to 3
(1 CUP = 250 ML)

INGREDIENTS

main ingredients

  • 1 cup basmati rice, rinsed and soaked in water for 30 minutes
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tej patta (indian bay leaf)
  • 2 to 3 cloves
  • 4 to 5 black peppers
  • ½ inch cinnamon
  • 2 green cardamoms
  • 1 or 2 single strands of mace
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced or 1/3 cup thinly sliced onions
  • 1 pinch turmeric powder
  • 1 medium potato, peeled and chopped
  • 1/3 cup green peas - fresh or frozen
  • 1.5 cups water
  • salt as required

for the coriander paste

  • ½ cup chopped coriander leaves (cilantro leaves)
  • 2 to 3 green chilies - chopped
  • ½ inch ginger - chopped
  • 2 tablespoon unsweetened desiccated coconut or 2 tablespoon grated coconut
  • 3 to 4 medium garlic - chopped
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ½ teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 2 to 3 tablespoon water for grinding

INSTRUCTIONS

prepping rice

  • rinse and then soak rice in water for 30 minutes. 
  • then drain the water and keep the rice aside. prep the other ingredients when the rice is soaking.

making coriander paste

  • take 1/2 cup chopped coriander leaves (cilantro), 2 to 3 green chilies (chopped), 1/2 inch ginger (chopped), 2 tbsp unsweetened desiccated coconut (or 2 tbsp grated coconut), 3 to 4 medium garlic (chopped), 1/2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera) and 1/2 tsp fennel seeds/saunf in a small grinder or chutney grinder.
  • add 2 to 3 tbsp water and grind to a smooth paste. keep this green paste aside.

making coriander rice

  • heat 2 tbsp oil in a pressure cooker. 
  • add the following whole spices - 2 to 3 cloves, 4 to 5 black peppers, 1/2 inch cinnamon, 2 green cardamoms and 1 or 2 single strands of mace. saute till the spices become fragrant. takes few seconds.
  • add 1/3 cup thinly sliced onions. on a low to medium flame, stir and saute the onions till they become golden. 
  • keep on stirring often so that the onions have a uniform golden color and do not get burnt.
  • lower the flame and add the ground coriander-spices paste. add a pinch turmeric powder. stir very well.
  • add chopped 1 medium potato and 1/3 cup green peas. you can use any mix vegetables of your choice or even skip them. stir again.
  • then add the drained rice. stir gently and saute the rice for a minute.

cooking coriander rice

  • add 1.5 cups of water and salt. stir again. taste the stock and it should feel a bit salty.
  • cover and pressure cook coriander rice for 2 whistles or for 9 to 10 minutes on a medium to high flame.
  • when the pressure settles down on its own, remove the lid and gently fluff the coriander rice.
  • serve coriander rice with side raita or salad or a pickle.

NOTES

  • the entire coriander rice recipe can also be made in a pot or pan. add 2 cups of water if cooking in a pot. cover tightly and cook the rice grains till done. do check while the rice is cooking and if required, you can add more water.

NUTRITION INFO (approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
Coriander Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 618 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Sodium 183mg8%
Potassium 734mg21%
Carbohydrates 101g34%
Fiber 9g38%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 455IU9%
Vitamin C 30.7mg37%
Calcium 96mg10%
Iron 5.7mg32%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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54 comments/reviews

  1. i tried this recipe but my rice was not fluffy 😥 i always wanted fluffy rice hope i will get when i try next time ..recipe was too good and easy … taste was good but only thing is it hase become like kichidi

    • okay. next time you can add less water. different types and varieties of basmati rice need more or less water. also while grinding the coriander paste add less water and not too much water. in case you add more water while grinding, then add less water when pressure cooking rice.

    • May be, you should cook rice for just 1 whistle because the Basmati rice is already well soaked for 30 minutes.

  2. Hi Dasanna

    Ever since i started trying your recipes ,i haven’t tried any other website .starters,breakfast,rice varieties,mocktails,what not everything it turned out so yummy .The best thing about your recipes is that the food is healthy with yummy taste ,i bet everyone who are following your recipes will definitely turn out to super chefs
    Thanks for the tasty recipes with beautiful photos and clear explaination

  3. Just made the coriander rice. I cooked it in a rice cooker instead of a pressure cooker and the aroma………………..mmmmm, what can I say? It filled the whole kitchen ? I couldn’t wait to open it and try. Turned out real tasty though it wasn’t as green as yours. Maybe I added a tad too much turmeric powder? It was a little spicy too. Kids had to eat it with yogurt. Overall, excellent. Will definitely make it again. Thanks for all your recipes and the step by step pictorial instructions. Your recipes make me look like a great cook!

    • pleased to know this sita 🙂 thankyou so much for your kind words. alter spice as per your preference you are always welcome and glad we could help you.

  4. I Love the way of presenting recipe.
    This is really mouthwatering Recipe and easy also.
    We can use Palak also.4 stars

  5. Super awesome recipe.. I tried it, turned out very well!! Thank u…the pics make.It much more easier.5 stars

  6. Hi
    Can I cook this rice dish in a regular rice cooker or a normal pot as opposed to the pressure cooker?

    PS: I just tried your palak mushroom recipe and it turned out great! I substituted the cream with yogurt coz there was no cream in my fridge 😉

    Looking forward to trying this recipe next!

  7. After the baruta recipe in the morning I zeroed in on this rice recipe for lunch.
    This was quick , nice and spicy .. Loved it

    Now thinking what to choose for dinner ?

  8. Aap ki bohat sari recipes Maine try ki hai…..Aur mujhe bohat tarif bhi militi hai I think Maine sari veg recipes aapse hi sikha hai….thank u very much…aap awsm ho

  9. Hi,
    I am a great fan of ur recepies. Your step by step instructions are very easy to follow. Thanks for them. I just tried ur coriander rice recepie, I must tell you the aroma has spread all over the house and I am sure it tastes great. I am writing this comment even before I could open the pressure cooker. Will continue trying all ur recepies.5 stars

  10. Hi mam… shall we make this rice with without adding onion and garlic… whether it will be tasty ???and instead of grated coconut shall we use readymade coconut powder

  11. hello Dassana..yesterday i cooked coriander rice..it was tasty..but the color was not as green as ur picture..pls suggest me how it would b greener…my another qstn is i want to make choclt chips muffins..how wil i bake it in my oven?the temperature there is maximum 550watt…thank u for making me a good chef..

    • the green color will depend on the greenness of the coriander leaves. next time you can skip the turmeric powder in the recipe. 550 watt is the microwave power. so you cannot microwave the muffins. you need to have convection option in the oven. when you set the temperature, its shown in the display panel like 150 or 170 degrees celsius etc. thank you and welcome.

  12. Hi,
    Wanted to know how can we unsweeten the coconut? Can a grated coconut which is slight sweet in taste be used? And what if we skip the coconut? M just confused regarding the coconut thing As can’t compromise on the taste which I might get with or without coconut and want to try this recipe soon. Please if you could help me with this.
    Thanks.

    • hi purvi, there is a faint sweetness in all coconuts. if you are asking about sweetened coconut flakes, then don’t add them. i believe they are artificially sweetened. the coconut flakes which we get here in india are not sweetened and are just dried coconut flakes. skipping the coconut will change the taste. but let me tell you, the coriander rice will still taste good.

      • Hi,
        Thankyou so much for the reply..tried this recipe today n paired it with one of your raita recipe beetroot raita. no words..turned out super awesome. can’t thank enough n yes I added grated coconut.
        Thanks again.:)

  13. I stay in US and here we dont get indian style pani puris 🙁 after searching various sites came across ur site and tried ur recipe puri for making pani puri and it came out really well all the puris were so nicely puffed up.. Very happy and tried your lots of recipes and all came out really well… Kudos to u.. Can you please post dal bati as well???4 stars

  14. Hi Dassana..i love ur site..i hav tried various recipes from ur site & all of them were yummilicious..i hav cooked peshwari chhole..dal makhani restaurant style..carrot rice..i will send u photos..i will definitely try ur coriander rice recipe in a few days…but if u share some non veg recipes then i shall b grateful to u..thank u for sharing these wonderful recipes…4 stars

    • thank you debashree for this lovely feedback. do try the recipe. its a good one. as far as non veg recipes are concerned, i cannot add them as i cook only vegetarian food.

  15. Love this coriander rice..so nicely explained step by step with pictures..but I often get 1 issue while cooking rice in pressure cooker..i make them soft more than it’s needed and they become messy..how to boil the rice this perfectly?5 stars