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Rice and some goodness :-)


All of us have at least one of those cheat favourites we cannot do without. The labour of a whole week callously goes down the drain while munching hungrily on an order of French Fries or downing spoonfuls of a tempting chocolate cake. Warnings of well-meaning people about their health concerns, calorie count or even adverse effects fall on deaf ears, as we shrug them off and treat ourselves to another helping of it.

I’m not an advocate of dieting but on my cheat days, if I have to, I prefer to select the empty calories of my choice. I will gladly swap a roadside Pav Bhaji for a trip to Pizza Hut or enjoy some crispy Jalebis over a box of butter cookies. Moderation is the key and if we practice it well, I believe we’ll never have to sacrifice anything at all.

Rice is something most nutritionists and dieticians ask us to keep a strict check on or possibly omit completely from our plate. This is sacrilege for the likes of me because even though I’m a Marwari and rice isn’t our staple food, I love my pulao, biryani, fried rice and also the humble homemade daal-chawal (with dollops of ghee).

If you’ve read my earlier posts you’ve probably noticed that I used coriander leaves in almost all of them. Apart from their health benefits, coriander leaves can lend colour and taste to an otherwise bland preparation and I love using them generously in my cooking. So, combining my two food loves, today I’m sharing a rice recipe with you which has lots of coriander (and vegetables) in it.

Coriander Vegetable Rice



Basmati rice (soaked for 15 minutes) – 1 cup

Coriander leaves – 2 cups

Green chillies – 3-4 no

Ginger – Half inch

Garlic – 5-6 cloves

Mixed vegetables of your choice (roughly chopped) – 1 cup

(carrots, capsicum, green peas, potato, caluliflower, etc)

Onion (finely chopped) – 1 no

Cloves and black pepper– 8-10 each

Cinnamon stick – 1 inch

Bayleaf – 1 no

Hing (Asafoetida) – Quarter teaspoon

Oil – 2 tablespoons

Salt to taste


1. Grind coriander leaves in a grinder with green chillies, ginger and garlic. Add water as required until it has a smooth chutney-like texture.

2. Blanch the mixed vegetables in hot water for 5 minutes. Heat oil in a pan and when it is hot add the cloves, black pepper, cinnamon stick, bayleaf and hing.

3. After they splutter and change colour, add finely chopped onions and sauté till they turn translucent.

4. Add the mixed vegetables and sauté for 1-2 minutes, then add the coriander paste and sauté for another 1-2 minutes. The coriander paste must retain its lovely green colour.

5. Drain the water from the soaked rice and add it to the pan mixture. Keep turning the rice in the pan gently so it doesn’t break and also mixes up nicely in it.

6. Sauté till the rice grains looks shiny and separated and is coated well with the coriander mixture. Add salt and water as required. Cover with a lid and let it cook for 10-15 minutes.

7. Your Coriander Rice is ready! Garnishing isn’t required, simply serve (and eat) it with a lot of love. 🙂

You can have it with Boondi or Pineapple Raita and papad, or just like that.

Hope you liked it and want to try it out.

What do you eat on your cheat days? Do let me know.

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  1. Delicious! LOVE the colors and preparation is also not tiresome. A must try

    1. Thanks darling! Not at all tiresome. Try it out.

  2. Varsha… cheat day are to cheat….. this cant be in moderation for us…… our whole family is foodie….. and then jogging and running starts for whole week……

    1. Haha. In my family I’m the only one who has cheat days. Rest all have a cheat life. ???? Hence, moderation works for me.

      1. good…. so you are cautious about health……

        1. Most of the time, yes. 😉

          1. most of the time means….. that sometimes you cheat…. isnt it….

          2. Ofcourse. I don’t cheat doesn’t mean I’m not tempted to. 🙂

          3. with those wonderful colors, nature, taste and variety etc.etc.. of food available….. why not to cheat…. why only temptation……

          4. Haha. Because the waist and the tyres on it restrict anything other than plus and doube plus size clothes otherwise. ????

          5. that can be managed with a good round of exercise and may be an hour of jogging….. eat, prey, sleep and exercise……

          6. You missed the whole point here. That’s what I meant with moderation. I believe in not overdoing anything. Not food. Not exercise

          7. hmmmmm…… Gautam Buddha also said that….

          8. I have good and sensible company, then. 🙂

          9. aha….. yes you have…… we are all there (lol)….

  3. I just love the flavor of coriander leaves, would definitely try your version!

    1. Then you will love this. Try it out. 🙂

  4. snehalboricha says:

    I don’t know cooking still! ???? But I want to try this!

    1. This is an easy recipe even for beginners. No harm in trying. 🙂

  5. I simply love rice. Lovely recipe that is. I’d try it out

    1. Thanks Amreen. I’m glad you liked it.

  6. I love rice and giving up on rice will be moat difficult for me.
    Love the twist of coriander in the rice .
    Gonna make this

    1. This is great for rice lovers, trust me. Do try it. You will like it.

  7. I love coriander and I would definitely try this recipe!!

    1. Glad you liked it, Sadhuvi. Try it out. 🙂

  8. Thanks for a mallu, rice tends to be a major part of our meals too. Happy to see variations like this.

    1. I’m not a mallu but still rice variations are a must for me! Do try it sometime, Roshan. 🙂

  9. I love rice too and your Coriander Rice looks so tempting! The recipe is easy to follow too. Going to try it sometime. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks, Mayuri. The whole garam masala is the clincher here. They give an awesome taste. Do remember them if you make it. 🙂

  10. We love rice and I am always looking for new ideas. I’ll definitely try this one ????

    1. Thanks Iram. 🙂

  11. Yummy. I’m always looking for good recipes. Thanks for sharing.

    1. This is an easy one too, Cheryl. Hope you like it. 🙂

  12. I too cant do without rice atleast one meal a day. I am always on a look out for new rice recipes to try out. I have tried a coriander fried rice but yours looks like a better tasting recipe. Am definitely going to try this.

    1. Yay, fellow rice lover! This one relies most on the natural taste of coriander and whole garam masala. Might taste better. How is your Coriander fried rice made?

  13. Awesome! looks super simple and super delicious.. definitely on my list of stuff I want to try ????

    1. Thank you Sonia. Do try it. 🙂

  14. Simply looks beautiful n if looking good so taste must be awesome… Will try

    1. Eating with eyes, huh. 🙂 It does taste good.

  15. I love the fresh taste of coriander and this looks yummy! And quite simple too. Will have to try it soon!!

    1. Glad you liked it. The taste is well retained in this recipe. I think you will enjoy it.

  16. i love this recipe.. nd also share the love for coriander leaves with you. crazy bout them!

    1. Wow, you love coriander leaves too. 🙂 Try this recipe, you will love it.

  17. Nisha Malik says:

    A very healthy cheat food. Looks very yummie. Shall try out soon. ????

    1. Healthy cheat food…I like it. 😉

  18. I really like the fragrance and taste of coriander leaves. And this coriander rice looks so beautiful and tempting. Will try this one sure. New recipe to try. Thanks for sharing

    1. This one is very good for kids too. Give it to them with yoghurt and they will finish it in no time. Full meal for them. Do try it. 🙂

  19. I really like the fragrance and taste of coriander leaves. This coriander rice looks so unique and tempting. Will try this one also.

  20. Looks delicious!

    1. Thank you!

  21. What an awesome color varsha….I don’t like coriander leaves in food..but I love them while in my balcony garden…

    1. Hmm…then you can use shredded spinach and some diced paneer. The same recipe will taste different (and good) with them.

      1. Hmm….let me try

  22. This looks yummy.. I love special recipes made with rice

    1. Thank you so much.

  23. This looks simple to make and sounds yummy. Will definitely give it a try

    1. Thank you so much Neha.

  24. I love eating rice. I am surely going to try the recipe.Also I follow Rujuta Diwekar’s page and she always says we can eat rice only the quantity and the time needs to be taken care of. So if we eat our dinner before 7:30 daily, we can surely include rice in the diet.

    1. Exactly. She hardly asks you to give up anything as long as you eat the right portions and on time. Replace white rice with brown, the recipe will be healthier.

      1. Sure!! But I tried brown rice too. But you know I have this doubt about it because when I soaked it in water for 1 hour before cooking it’s brown colour came off. I used Kohinoor. Don’t know why that happened

  25. I love rice and coriander. But haven’t tried them together. This recipe looks great. Thanks ????
    Kohl Eyed Me
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    1. I hadn’t either. Experimented a bit and thankfully it worked. Glad you liked it. 🙂

  26. Sella rice is good for diabetes patient
    Your coriander rice platter look full of flavour health

    1. Thank you so much Bushra.

  27. Wow I love coriander.. this recipe is mouthwatering.. loved it.. thanks for sharing

    1. Thank you Mrinal.

  28. brindarana says:

    I love rice preps. Now I can add this one to the list. Easy and looks delish

    1. I’m glad I could add something to your list. 🙂

  29. I am a rice fan too. I love khichdi, pulav and biryanis and experiment with my them for sure. This goes in my to-do list. Thanks for the recipe ????

    1. I’m glad Mahek. Happy to share. 🙂

  30. worldofmakeupmagique says:

    Wow that’s a great recipe and easy too ????Will try this soon

    1. Thanks Deepika.

  31. I also love rice and coriander both and that’s why this is added to my favourite dish list too. Thanks for sharing. Looks yummy.

    1. This made me very happy! Glad to share it. 🙂

  32. This is such a great idea – pretty and healthy. i liked the way you have written and explained the recipe – makes it easy to follow.

    1. Writing recipes is work, Ishi. Cooking takes lesser time. So happy that my explanation was easy to understand. 🙂

  33. Seems to be yummy recipe will try this for sure.

    1. Thank you Judy.

  34. I have Bhujia on my cheat days as I’m Marwari too! Recipe sounds good, will try to try it out.

    1. We Marwaris can make a cheat life! Our love for good food is well known. That’s why some healthy stuff needs to be slipped in. 🙂

  35. I also use coriander leaves whenever possible. It adds to colour and flavour and as you mentioned the health benefits too. Many times the leftover vegetables also make some delicious biryanis.

    1. Any recipe looks prettier with a small dash of green. Lovely ingredient it is. Same here, rice is all-inclusive for pulav and biryani with leftovers. 🙂

  36. This recipe looks good and easy… Please share more rice recipe

    1. I sure will. Glad you liked it. 🙂

  37. Loved reading this post and the delicious preparation

    1. Thanks Jayshree.

  38. I’d admit I’m just not into cooking at all. So, I only prefer cooking those dishes which are quick and easy. And this one looks both easy and delicious. I’m definitely gonna try it out. Will keep a track of your blog too, for easy recipes. Cheers!

    1. If you do get down to making it, I’ll be super happy! This one is very easy to make and will give you confidence to step into the kitchen more. Please feel free to come here anytime, dear. 🙂

  39. Rice is my weakness when it comes it to food. A nice recipe to try.

    1. Thank you so much Paresh.

  40. Looks so amazing.. I love my rice and coriander is one of my favorite ingredients too .. going to try this one soon

    1. Glad you liked it. Do give it a try.

  41. I can bet on this that it will be delicious as i know (Cause my mom makes it). I love rice and just cannot complete my day without having rice. My om makes various dishes with rice but Coriander rice and pudina rice are my favorites!

    1. Not sure if this one is anywhere close to your Mom’s recipe but the fact that it reminded you of it is in itself a compliment for me. Thanks Keerthi. 🙂

  42. Hey Varsha! I LOVE rice. And the fact that i’m reading your post at 2am is not making it any easier. I really like how easy the recipe is that even I can attempt to replicate it. ????

    1. Haha! You can easily replicate it. Make some extra and have at 2am if you are still up. You’ll remember me then. 😉

  43. The next time my maid bails on me this is going to be my life savior.

    1. Haha. Teach your maid this. That too will work. 😉

  44. One of the most favorite dish in our family. My son’s favorite lunch box recipe too. Also very healthy choice. Thanks for sharing. Happy to connect with you for #MyFriendAlexa !!!

    1. Thank you so much! My son likes lemon rice in his lunch box, not this one. Happy to connect with you too. 🙂

  45. I am a total rice lover too. I often make this recipe for my toddler and sometimes I add spinach as well.

    1. Fellow mother and the foodhacks that come with it. 🙂

  46. This is a great and simple recipe. Thank you for sharing it. Will check it out for sure.

    1. Thank you Anchal.

  47. I love rice and also love such quick and healthy rice recipes…

    1. Thanks Snigdha.

  48. I am big fan of coriander flavor – and the dish looks too tempting

    1. Thank you Avinash.

  49. Thanks for sharing this recipe. As a foodie and passionate about cooking I would lovevto try this. Good food has always been my weakness ????

    1. If you love cooking you’ll surely enjoy making it. Good luck. Glad you liked it.

  50. Definitely comfort food with a difference .Its healthy.Will be makung this soon.Coriander is wonderful .

    1. Glad you liked it Amrita. We should always do the little changes we can, right? 🙂

  51. Yumm ! Looks delicious. I’ll surely try this some time soon.

    1. Thank you so much Atul.

  52. I used to hate coriander when I was in school. Thankfully, I’ve started to love the herb and use it whenever possible. It adds such freshness to any dish.

    1. It sure does. Look, taste and health, it improves the dish on all fronts. Good you include it in your food now. 🙂

  53. I love my biryani & pulao. Have never tried this version before. Looks yummy! ????

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