July 14, 2008

Coriander Pulao

I always thought coriander was only used for garnishing & used in chutneys. I had never thought that one could use coriander as a main ingredient until I saw Rekha's Coriander Rice. The dish looked so yummy that I was tempted to try it instantly & I made Coriander Pulao for lunch. It turned out to be super delicious. My mother loved it too. The amazing aroma of coriander pierces your nose making you crave for it
Thanks Rekha for sharing the recipe. I have made slight changes to suit my taste.
Here it is:
Preparation Time: 30 Mins
  1. 1 cup Basmati Rice - Washed & saoked in water for 15 mins
  2. 1 onion - 1/2 onion for grinding & chop the remaing half & keep aside
  3. 1 large punch of cilantro/coriander leaves
  4. Curry leaves
  5. 2 green chillies - low/medium spiced
  6. A small piece of ginger
  7. 2 garlic pods
  8. Cinnamon - 1 stick
  9. Cardamom - 2
  10. khus-Khus - 1 tsp
  11. 4 -5 peppercorns
  12. 1 clove
  13. Cumin seeds
  14. Bay leaves - 2-3
  15. Salt as per taste
  16. Oil
  17. Cashewnuts for garnishing
  18. 2 tsp lime juice


  • Grind together Green chillies, Half onion, Khus-Khus, Cinnamon stick, Clove, Ginger, Garlic Pods, Curry leaves, large bunch of coriander leaves, peppercorns, cardomon into a smooth paste by adding little water
  • Take a pressure cooker, add oil
  • Add cumin seeds, once it splutters, add bay leaves
  • Add chopped onions
  • Saute till onion turns transparent
  • Now add the ground paste & saute till oil separates & the raw smell of the paste disappears
  • Add Basmati rice & saute for 1 min
  • Add 1 1/4 cups of water NOTE: This does not need too much water since there are no other vegetables added.
  • Add salt as per taste
  • Close the lid of the pressure cooker & let it cook
  • Open the lid once the pressure is released.
  • Add 2 tsp lime juice & mix well
  • Garnish with Cashewnuts & coriander leaves

Serve HOT with onion raita .. Enjoi !!!!


Laavanya said...

I love the fragrance and taste of coriander pulao too - looks awesome VP.

Suma Rajesh said...

i luv the flavour and smell of corinader leaves...so y not the its pulav?...u have presented nicly eith cashew...really its tempting

Shreya said...

Coriander pulao looks so yum! The colour is really nice. The flavor must be as exciting! :-)

Seema said...

Corriander pulav looks yum...Hey! thats what i made with veggies in them now for our lunch :-)

rekhas kitchen said...

wooho thanks alot for trying my recipe love the changes I will try your version also some time thanks a lot dear

Priti said...

umm the dish really looks yummy VP...nice try

Illatharasi said...

Good one, will try it soon. Picture is perfect:)

ranji said...

awesome...coriander is my fav herb..always add a bunch more than needed..it adds to the flvor...coriander pulao must be so yumm..can imagine the taste...good one

mitr_bayarea said...

Coriander pulao looks so green and tasty.Nice presentation.

jayasree said...

Coriander pulav looks yummy and has got the prefect green color. Good presentation

Andhra Flavors said...

coriander pulao looks perfect! wt a lovely colour, green biriyani.

Sireesha said...

coriander pulav looks yummy and delicious......Love the presentation.......Love cashews on it .really its mouthwatering...

Indranee said...

Lovely coriander pulao...looks tempting:) I simply love the taste of coriander in my food. Thanks for sharing!

Purva Desai said...

hey Vani,
this looks really tempting, will try urs and rekha versions as well...

A&N said...

Yummy looking pulav. Great touch with the cashews :)

Sharmila said...

Pulao looks yummy! Though I personally don't like coriander I can imagine the flavour it will give to the pulao. I make one with palak .. it looks like the one you have made. :-)

Dhanggit said...

cashew nuts and coriander..hmmm all the things i love in one platter!! delicious!!

Anisheetu said...

First time here... Nice recipe... good blog :)

Sukanya said...

Wow Must try this Coriander Pulao. It looks so yummy. you have a gr8 blog

PaakaPriya said...

I have tried this recipe multiple times and it turned out great!

Sainarayanan said...

I tried your recipe and it turned out great...