Coriander also commonly called cilantro, is an annual herb in the family Apiaceae. Coriander is native to southwestern Asia west to north Africa. It is a soft, hairless plant growing to 50 cm tall. The leaves are variable in shape, broadly lobed at the base of the plant, and slender and feathery higher on the flowering stems. All parts of the plant are edible, but the fresh leaves and the dried seeds are the most commonly used in cooking. Coriander has been used as a folk medicine for the relief of anxiety and insomnia in Iranian folk medicine. Experiments in mice support its use as an anxiolytic. Coriander seeds are also used in traditional Indian medicine as a diuretic by boiling equal amounts of coriander seeds and cumin seeds, then cooling and consuming the resulting liquid...I prepared this pulao with coconut flavoured rice sauteed with grounded spiced coriander paste..boiled eggs r papads goes prefectly as side for this greenish spicy pulao..
1cup Basmati Rice
2cups Coconut milk
2nos Whole Spices(bayleaves,star anise, cinnamon sticks, cloves,cardamom)
1nos Onion chopped lengthwise
1cup Coriander leaves
1tbsp Urad dal
1inch Ginger chopped
5nos Garlic pods
2nos Green chillies
2nos Dry red chillies
1nos Tamarind (blueberry size)
Heat a tsp of oil in a pan, add the urad dal, ginger, garlic pods, green chillies n dry red chillies until they turn slightly brown..keep aside, add the coriander leaves to the same pan n fry them until they shrinks..grind everything well with tamarind n salt into fine paste..
Meanwhile cook the rice with the coconut milk in rice cooker..keep aside n let them cool..heat enough oil in a kadai, add the whole spices to the hot oil n fry them until they change the colour, add now the sliced onion pieces n stir them until they turns transculent..add the grounded paste to the onion..cook everythng in simmer until the oil gets separates..
Add the cooked rice to the kadai n toss everything well..Serve them hot with boiled eggs r with papads..
Sending this pulao to Srivalli's Rice Mela
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