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Any type of pulao or pilaf is one pot rice made with aromatic spices and herbs. In India, there are many types of pulao made and relished like vegetable pulao, matar (Peas) pulao, Kashmiri pulao, coconut pulao. Check other quick One pot meals here. Todays dish is quick and easy Coriander Pulao which can also be made with leftover rice as well as like a normal pulao. It goes well with onion or Boondi Raita. I usually add vegetables to this to make it wholesome meal, but you can also make it as a simple plain coriander pulao and it still will be tasty. Lets see how's this done. Step by step images are updated below

Updated Recipe on : 22nd May 2022 
Serves : 4
Ingredients : (FOR MASALA PASTE:)
  • 1/2 Onion chopped
  • 1/2 inch ginger 
  • 4 garlic pods 
  • 4 cloves / lavang 
  • ½ tsp whole pepper 
  • 1 inch cinnamon 
  • 2 green chilli (split)
  • Handful coriander leaves 
Other Ingredients: 
  • 1 tbsp ghee or clarified butter / Oil 
  • 1 bay leaf / tej patta
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds /jeera 
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tomato, finely chopped
  • 5-6 beans, chopped
  • 1/4 cup carrot- chopped (any veggie of your choice)
  • 2 tbsp peas / matar
  • 1 tsp salt or as per taste 
  • 2 cups rice soaked or 2 cups cooked rice
  1. First, wash 2 cups of rice well and soak it in water for about 20 mins. (See Notes for type of rice)
  2. Then take half onion, cloves, a tsp pepper,  cinnamon,  green chilli and handful coriander leaves, (Things listed under masala paste) and blend to smooth paste adding 2 tbsp of water or as required. Keep this aside. 
  3. In a large kadai, heat 1 tbsp ghee and roast 1 bay leaf and splutter some jeera (Cumin seeds)
  4. Add and saute' the sliced onion for about 2 -3 mins. 
  5. Along with this, add 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste.
  6. Add tomato and saute' till the tomatoes turn soft and mushy.
  7. To this add 5 sliced beans, carrot, few peas and saute' (Can use any veggie of your choice or avoid)
  8. Add in the prepared green masala paste along with 1 tsp of salt and mix well.
  9. Cover and cook for 5 -8 minutes, or till vegetables get par-cooked
  10. To this, add in the washed , soaked rice and saute for a min.
  11. Then add in water to cook. 
  12. Always double the amount of water, using the same cup you used to measure the rice.  In this case 4 cups of hot water. (ratio: 1: 2 ) See notes
  13. Close the lid and cook on medium flame till all the water is evaporated and rice is cooked well. 
  14. Fry some cashews in little ghee or oil & garnish the rice (This is totally optional) but definitely gives a good crunch
  15. Fluff the rice slowly with a fork and serve coriander rice / coriander pulav with Raita of your choice along with papad. 
Looking out for more easy Meals, then you might want to take a look at these One Pot Meals  updated on the page.
  • You can make this pulao with leftover cooked rice too. Just add the cooked rice, once veggies and green paste masala is completely cooked through and mix well. 
  • You can add any veggies of your choice. I usually use carrots, beans, Peas and sometimes Soyabean chunks as well in this recipe.
  • As mentioned earlier, veggies are totally optional and I sometimes avoid veggies, specially when I am running out of time. 
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  1. A quick and yup recipe to have for lunch or dinner.

    Thank you Lynn chechi

    1. Thank you so much dear. Glad to know that you loved and relished it. Do let me know your valuable feedback as always and keep sharing :)


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