Monday, 30 January 2012

Let's Cook: Rice

Coriander is my the most favourite herb. In the US it is generally known by the Spanish word cilantro. Coriander leaves have an extremely pungent odour and flavour that lends itself well.

I have always been using coriander leaves to garnish most of my cooking. I was wondering if could use it in the cooking itself. I was inspired by a rice dish that I ate at my uncle's place. It was curry leaves rice. Curry leaves were ground into paste and rice was cooked with it. It was not rich but very spicy and garnished with fried peanuts.

I have used the idea of grinding coriander into paste and cook rice with it. I followed my mom's way of cooking ordinary ghee rice. I have used ghee and evaporated milk for the richness and vegetable stock to give it body.

The ratio of rice and liquid may vary from rice to rice. So, be cautious with the amount of liquid used. The ratio below is just a guide.

Coriander Rice

What do we need:

3 cups basmathi rice

Grind into paste
2 cm ginger
3 cloves garlic
1 green chilli
1 bunch coriander leaves

1 cinnamon bark
1 star anise
2 cloves
2 pods cardamom
1 cup evaporated milk
1 1/2 cups vegetable stock
1 tbsp ghee
salt to taste

How do we do it:

Wash and soak the rice for 15 minutes. Later, drain and set aside.

Heat ghee. Fry cinnamon, star anise, cloves and cardamom until fragrant. Pour the ground ingredients and fry until aromatic and the oil separates. In goes the rice. Fry the rice until well coated with all the ingredients. Pour in vegetable stock and milk. Season with salt to taste. Cook until the rice fluff up.

Serve hot with your favourite dishes.

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Reshmi Mahesh said...

Flavorful rice...Yummy...Thanks for visiting my space...following you..

Vimitha Anand said...

Nice flavorful rice Pushpa

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I love rice! This recipe is marvelous.



izahdaut said...

i can imagine the smell of the rice. yummy!!

CT Delima said...

Hai Puspha

must be delicious aroma of rice with coriander leaves..yummy

Che CT

Ayu said...

Hi Pushpa,
coriander rice look appetising lah..
the last time i cooked cumin rice pun sedap..

Suja Manoj said...

Flavorful rice,tempting platter..
You have a wonderful space..happy following u:)

Ummi said...

Hi Pushpa, thanks for dropping by! Tempted by looking at your coriander rice, really awesome and surely got a nice smell too... ^__^

Little Corner of Mine said...

What a flavorful fragrant rice! Looks great. :)

Sobha Shyam said...

simple and flavourful rice, lovely recipe..following drop at my space too..

Paty's Kitchen - Cook with passion. said...

Hi Puspa..just stumbled into your blog from Rossa blog. Nice blog and great recipes you have here

icedgurl said...

trekking your blog!!!


Viki's Kitchen said...

Wow what a delicious looking rice...seems so aromatic and rich!

Medifast Products said...

Well don't laugh, but learn something new everyday. I thought coriander and cilantro were two different herbs. No really I did.

Now Serving said...

looks really yummy!!!

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