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coriander rice is an aromatic and spiced rice dish made with fresh coriander, spices and veggies.

4.64 from 11 votes
total time:
45minutes

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 pulaos 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.

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coriander rice

4.64 from 11 votes
Prep Time:30 mins
Cook Time:15 mins
Total Time:45 mins
coriander rice is an aromatic and spiced rice dish made with fresh coriander, spices and veggies.
Course:main course
Cuisine:indian
Servings:2 to 3
Calories:618kcal

INGREDIENTS FOR coriander rice

(1 CUP = 250 ML)

main ingredients for coriander rice

  • 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 (lavang)
  • 4 to 5 black peppers (sabut kali mirch)
  • ½ inch cinnamon (dalchini)
  • 2 green cardamoms (hari elaichi or choti elaichi)
  • 1 or 2 single strands of mace (javitri)
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced or 1/3 cup thinly sliced onions
  • 1 pinch turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 1 medium potato, peeled and chopped
  • 1/3 cup green peas (matar) - fresh or frozen
  • 1.5 cups water
  • salt as required

for the coriander paste

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

HOW TO MAKE coriander rice

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 cilantro rice

  • add 1.5 cups 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 cilantro rice.
  • serve coriander rice with a side raita or salad or a pickle.

RECIPE TIPS

  • 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.
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preparation to make cilantro rice or coriander rice

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), 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/jeera and ½ tsp fennel seeds/saunf 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 coriander 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 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 recipe

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

coriander rice coriander pulao


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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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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!

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