Friday, 26 May 2017

Kothamalli Chadham

Next in picnic hampers is a rice based recipe. As I said I love to go on long drives and sometimes I pack some mixed rice for lunch or dinner. I do this mainly because it is easy to eat with a spoon and we don't have to think of washing our hands and so on. If it is rotis or some other snacks, then we have to use our hands and I would be very uncomfortable to use my hands without washing / cleaning them because most of the times I would be driving. 

This coriander rice or kothamalli chadham can also be packed for kids lunch boxes. Just add some fried cashews or fried groundnuts to make it more interesting. This is an easy no onion no garlic recipe. I often make this rice when there is a bunch of coriander leaves ready to go bad (rot). I usually make this rice with normal raw rice, but if made with basmati rice or jeera rice, then this might qualify for a rich pulao also!


Raw rice – 1 cup
Coriander leaves – 1 bunch
Green chilli – 4
Thin coconut milk – 1 & 1/4 cup
Salt  - as needed 

To temper:

Ghee / Oil – 1 tbsp
Cardamom – 2
Cinnamon – 2 small pieces
Bay leaf - 1
Cumin seeds / Jeera – 1 tsp


  • Cut off the root part of coriander leaves and wash it. Grind it with green chillies with little water to a smooth paste.. I used 4 small chillies, so if its big reduce to 3.
  • Heat a small pressure cooker with ghee. Temper with the items given under “To temper” table in order.
  • Add the ground coriander, chilli paste. Fry in medium flame until water evaporates. Add the thin coconut milk.
  • Wash the rice and add to this. Add salt, mix well and boil until the rice is half done.
  • Keep the flame in low and cook for 12-14 minutes. Or you can give 2 whistles in medium flame. Once the pressure releases by itself, open to fluff the rice.
Enjoy with raita ans fryums!!!


You can add ginger garlic paste along with the coriander paste. Or grind 2 garlic and one small piece of ginger along with the coriander leaves.
You can skip coconut milk, but it gives rich flavour and taste to this simple recipe.


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  1. Nice green rice for kids , healthy and attractive .

  2. Flavourful rice, one of my favourite after mint leaves.

  3. This is one of my fav rice. Love the minty flavor. Perfect choice for picnic.

  4. Nice colorful and healthy rice for travel.

  5. Colorful and Flavorful. Looks delicious.

  6. Flavorful rice,perfect for picnics and lunch box..

  7. Sonds yum. Perfect for a flavourful lunch.

  8. I also should try it with coconut milk. This looks so good.

  9. That's a wonderful dish to pack and carry..good option!

  10. I love rice cooked with coconut milk. This must be delish!