Onion is sliced and fried in oil along with whole spices. Fresh cilantro / coriander leaves is very finely chopped and added to the spiced oil along with steamed rice. Easy cilantro rice is finished with lemon juice and can be served with yogurt or raita of your choice.
Makes: around a Serving of Easy Cilantro Rice.
Fresh or Leftover Steamed Rice 1 1/4 Cups
Cilantro 1 Cup Packed
Coriander Powder 1/4 tsp
Cumin Powder 1/8 tsp
Salt to Taste
Lemon Juice 1 tsp
Caraway Seeds a Pinch
Star Anise 1/2 of One Piece
Cumin Seeds a Big Pinch
Bay Leaf 1 Small
Broken Dried Red Chiles 3 – 4
Oil 2 tsps
Method of preparation:
Wash and finely chop the cilantro leaves.
Peel and thinly slice the onion.
Heat oil in a pan, add all talimpu ingredients in order.
When cumin seeds change color, add sliced onion.
Fry till onion starts to turn dark around the edges, add leftover rice, cumin powder, coriander powder, cilantro and salt.
Cook till rice warms up and cilantro cooks a bit, remove from heat.
Stir in lemon juice and serve easy cilantro rice with any raita of your choice.
Notes: Make sure not to overcook the rice once cilantro is added.
Suggestions: Adjust spice with red chillies.
Variations: Add sliced green chiles for extra spice.
Other Names: Easy Cilantro Rice, Kothimera Annam.