Pudina Kothamalli Rice/ Mint & Cilantro Rice

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For as long as I can remember, I have always been a big fan of variety rice. A rice mixed with some spices is the most sought after rice preparation for me. Its tasty and easy to make too. A one pot meal with simple pachadi/raita is what we had for dinner. 
This is again Amma`s recipe for a simple rice that can be made with mint, cilantro and few spices. She had this recipe in her cookbook and I remember making this rice for lunch when she was away. I was fifteen or sixteen then and the appreciation I got is what I remember. This particular incident is etched out in my memory for some reason.
Today`s recipe is a simple preparation and this rice goes well with a simple pachadi or kurma.

Prep time: 5 min 
Cook time: 30 min
Spice Level: Medium Recipe Level: Easy/Beginner  
Serves: 4 

  1. 1½  cups Basmati rice
  2. 1 cup sliced onions
  3. 2 ½  cups water
  4. 3 tablespoon coconut milk powder
  5. 2 tablespoon oil
  6. 2 tablespoon ghee
To grind:
  1. 1 cup loosely packed pudina/mint
  2. 1 cup loosely packed kothamalli/cilantro
  3. 6 green chillies
  4. 2 teaspoon ginger garlic paste
  5. ½  teaspoon turmeric
  6. 1½  teaspoon salt
To season:
  1. 2- 1 inch piece cinnamon
  2. 6 cloves
  3. 4 cardamoms
  4. 2 black cardamoms
  5. 2 bay leaves
  1. Wash and soak the rice for 30 minutes
  2. Heat oil and ghee in a pressure cooker or heavy bottomed vessel.
  3. Add the whole masalas. When they pop add the onions and sauté well till golden brown in color. Now add the ground masala and sauté well until oil separates.
  4. Now mix the coconut milk powder in a cup of warm water and add to the masala. Add remaining  1½ cup water and bring to a boil. Now add rice and salt close the lid and simmer for 15 minutes or until rice is cooked.
TIPS: Adjust green chillies according to your spice level. Coconut milk is optional. I have used the coconut milk powder to make the  coconut milk. Add 1 cup of fresh first pressed coconut milk instead. 


  1. looks excellent Cilantro, great clicks

  2. Flavorful and tempting rice..love the color.

  3. Lovely and colorful recipe.. looks inviting !!
    Indian Cuisine

  4. Looks so colorful. My friend used to make it for me all the time. I love mint rice.

  5. Fantastic looking picture as usual. I usally use chopped leaves. Should try the blended version without sauteing the leaves like you have done. Loos delicious.

  6. awesome recipe. I make a somewhat similar recipe, which includes little bit of coriander powder to compensate the spiciness from chillies..love the presentation, beautiful:)

  7. Lovely green color!!! Looks very delicious!!

  8. wow...
    wonderful recipe...
    nice click :)

  9. Hi,

    I am Prathiba from "The indian food court". This colourful rice is really inviting and i want to taste a little bit please..,

  10. Hi, the rice is very tempting and I would definitely try this. Could you please tell me what is coconut milk powder?

    1. Coconut milk powder is manufactured through the spray drying process of raw unsweetened coconut cream and its a good alternative for fresh coconut milk. Its available at most Indian and Asian grocery stores.

  11. Very tempting n delicious looking rice.

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