Fresh coriander leaves are available in abundance especially during winters here in India.I am very fond of coriander and consider it as one of the versatile spices/herb and use it liberally.Posting a healthy tasty coriander rice dish which I often make during winters.
2 cups rice washed and soaked in water for half an hour and drained
big bunch of coriander washed and chopped
4 green chillis
4 tbsp grated fresh coconut
1″ ginger piece
6 garlic flakes
2 chopped tomatoes
whole spices (6 cloves,4 green cardamoms, 1″ pieces cinnamon-2,bay leaf)
2 tbsp ghee (clarified butter)
Heat 1 tsp oil in a frying dish and add the chopped coriander(kothimira)and green chillis and fry till rawness disappears approx 2 minutes.Remove from fire and cool.
Grind the fried coriander and green chillis along with coconut,ginger and garlic to a paste adding little water.
Heat 2 tbsp of ghee (clarified butter) in a kadia or cooking vessel and add the whole spices and fry for a few seconds.
Now add the ground coriander paste and fry for 3 minutes and then add the chopped tomatoes.Fry for another 2-3 minutes.
Now add the drained rice and mix well and fry for 2 minutes.Add salt.
Add 3 1/2 glasses of water and cook covered till done. Garnish with fried cashewnuts and chopped coriander.
Serve hot with raita(perugu pachadi). Raita is a yogurt based salad made with chopped onions ,tomatoes,green chillis, salt and coriander leaves.It is generally served with all flavoured rice dishes like biryanis and pulaos.