Coriander Rice/Pulao is a flavorful and spicy rice dish with a sweet and floral aroma.It is vegan and is a gluten free dish.This healthy, nutritious dish is a favorite among the many South Indian variety rice dishes. It is made with Basmati rice and flavored with fresh coriander/cilantro leaves and spices.
What is Coriander?
Coriander is an annual herb in the family Apiaceae. It is also known as Chinese parsley.All parts of the plant are edible but the fresh leaves and the dried seeds are the parts most traditionally used in cooking.
In the United States the stems and leaves of the Coriander herb, are usually called cilantro. The flavor of cilantro is vastly different from that of coriander seeds.Cilantro has a complex but delicate flavor with a hint of pepper, mint and lemon.
What do you use coriander for?
Coriander is often used in Indian, Spanish, Mexican and Latin cuisine. It is a common ingredient in spice rubs, marinades, chilis, sauces, soups and curries and works well with onions, bell peppers, tomatoes and potatoes.In Indian cooking it is used in chutneys, as a garnish, in festive rice preparations like Pulao and Biryani.
What is Pulao/Pilaf?
Pulao or Pilaf is a rice dish, whose recipe usually involves cooking in water, stock or broth. A rice dish made by adding spices, and other ingredients such as vegetables or meat.The success of a good pulao is based on achieving cooked grains that do not adhere.
What is the difference between pulao and biryani?
Biryani is made using the draining method of cooking, whereas pulao is made through the absorption method. While preparing biryani, the rice is par-boiled in water and then drained. Whereas while preparing pulao, the amount of water or stock is completely absorbed by the rice and vegetables in the dish
Coriander Rice/Pulao Recipe
- Amount Per ServingCalories1695
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat 10g 16%
- Saturated Fat 2g 10%
- Sodium 707mg 30%
- Potassium 1593mg 46%
- Total Carbohydrate 359g 120%
- Dietary Fiber 26g 104%
- Sugars 27g
- Protein 38g 76%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Variations in pulao
Pulao can be made using vegetables or meat. Some of the pulao recipes I have tried and tested in my kitchen are listed below :
- Vegetable pulao
- Green peas/Matar pulao
- Prawn and Mint pulao
- Jeera/Cumin Rice
- Lemon/Lime Rice
- Yogurt/Curd Rice
The Bottom Line
Coriander rice is a simple and easy recipe, delicious and healthy too. Do give it a try in your kitchen.
What are some of the recipes you have used Coriander/Cilantro leaves in?
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