Are you a food lover? If your answer is yes, then go ahead this post is for you. Before going into detail about coriander rice let me tell you something important about coriander, what actually coriander is and from where it is originated?
Coriander is also known as cilantro. Cilantro is very famous in Mexico and Mexican people use Coriander with almost every type of dish.
Coriander is an herb, in some culture coriander believe to have medicinal qualities, and is brewed and drunk to cure the common cold and fever.
One of the most interesting thing about coriander is that all part of the coriander is edible. Most people perceive the taste of coriander leaves as a lemon, tart taste.
Some people, of about 4–14% of people tested, think the leaves taste like bath soap, as linked to a gene which detects aldehyde chemicals also present in soap.
History of Coriander:
It is originated from southern Europe and North Africa to southwestern Asia. Coriander is also known as Chinese parsley which is an herb and can be used in different types of day to day dishes.
All parts of plants are easily digestible. conventionally the fresh leaves and different types of dried seeds used in cooking.
Now let’s talk about coriander rice. coriander rice is a south Indian dish. It is also called (Kothamalli Sadam). People of south India eat this dish on special occasions.
Also, You can prepare this wonderful coriander rice dish if you are really bored with your regular spice dishes and want to try something new and exciting.
The beauty of coriander rice is that you can only serve it with any side dishes and people wouldn’t complain. You can also serve it with raita and Yogurt.
You can buy Coriander leaves throughout the year but it official season start from monsoon to winter.
Considerable benefits of coriander:
- It is a rich source of fiber, iron, and magnesium.
- Protein, vitamin c, and k are found in coriander leaves in the rich form.
- It lowers bad cholesterol(LDL) and increases cholesterol(HDL).
- Vitamin k in coriander leaves is helpful in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.
- A very good and effective food for the digestive system.
- Coriander increases liver functionality and bowel improvement.
- 1 cup basmati rice.
- 2 to 3 large handfuls fresh cilantro, leaves and stalks, chopped (1/2 to 3/4 cup packed).
- 1/4 cup dried grated unsweetened coconut.
- 1 tablespoon ghee, butter or olive oil.
- 3 fresh green chilies, chopped.
- 1 clove garlic or 1/4 teaspoon asafetida.
- 2 cups water.
- 1 onion, chopped.
- 2 whole cloves.
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt.
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds.
Thoroughly rinse the rice under running water and set aside.
In a mortar and pestle or in a small food processor, combine the cilantro, coconut, and chilies. Leave the seeds in the chilies if you want a very spicy rice. If using garlic, add this now. Grind to a coarse paste and set aside.
Heat the ghee, butter or oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. When hot, add the onion and cumin seeds and stir for 6 to 8 minutes or until the onions have browned.
Now toss in the cloves and asafetida if using, stir once, then add the rice, salt and coconut-cilantro paste. Stir to coat the grains with the paste, then pour in 2 cups of water, stir gently, and bring to a boil. Immediately turn the heat down to low and cover. Cook for 15 minutes or until water has been absorbed.
After 15 minutes take it down from the stove and let it rest for a bit, now your coriander rice is ready to serve and eat. Serve it with Raita or yogurt, Some green salad and enjoy your beautiful cooked coriander rice.
Coriander is an herb which is also used for medicinal qualities used for cure fever and cold. Coriander is originated from southern Europe and North Africa to southwestern Asia. Some people like the taste of coriander other don’t and Mexican people love it. Coriander also called cilantro. Coriander rice is a south Indian dish which is served on festive occasions. You can find coriander leave although out the year.
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