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June 22, 2015

Coriander Leaves Biryani Recipe|Kothamalli Biryani-Sunday Lunch Recipes Series 20

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Kothamalli biryani recipe
In this week’s Sunday lunch recipe series,I am sharing an easy yet interesting biryani recipe using coriander leaves.Generally we all make Green rice/Pulao using mint and coriander leaves for lunch box.But when I came across this biryani recipe in Aval Vikatan’s Kalyana Samayal Supplementary edition,I got tempted to try it immediately.It was titled as “Kovai Kothamalli Biryani”.This recipe was given by a marriage caterer.I had already tried Ennai Kathirikai Poriyal and Mixed Vegetable Poriyal from that book and both of them were super hit in my home.So I tried this biryani confidently.It came out well and satisfactory.You can make this biryani when you run short of vegetables in hand.It’s an easy and good lunch box recipe too.Lets see how to make this simple Coriander leaves biryani in detail.

Coriander leaves biryani recipe

Kothamalli Biryani Recipe

Kothamalli Biryani Recipe Coriander leaves biryani recipe - Coimbatore special
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Lunch
Serves: Serves 2
Prep time: 30 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 50 Minutes


  • Basmati rice - 1 cup ( India Gate)
  • Water - 1.5 cups
  • Salt - as needed
To grind
  • Coriander leaves - a handful small bunch
To saute
  • Cooking oil + ghee - 1 tbsp+1 tbsp
  • Cinnamon- 1 inch piece
  • Cloves – 3 nos
  • Cardamom – 1 no
  • Black stone flower – 1 no
  • Fennel seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Big onion - 1 no
  • Small onions - 10 nos
  • Green chilli - 2 no ( slitted)
  • G&G paste - 1 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 3/4 tsp
  • Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Curd - 1/2 cup
  • Green peas - a handful ( optional)
  • Cashewnuts - few
  • Wash and soak the basmati rice for minimum 30 minutes.Grind the coriander leaves to a smooth paste adding little water.Set aside. Chop the onions and slit green chilli. Crush the small onions slightly and keep aside.

  • Heat a pressure cooker adding oil+ghee.Put cinnamon,cloves,cardamom,bayleaf,fennel seeds and black stone flower.Add the onions and green chillies.Saute well.Now add the Red chilli powder,turmeric powder,salt,garam masala powder and mix well.Now add the ground coriander leaves paste and saute well.Lastly add the curd and mix well.

  • Add the basmati rice,water and let it come to a boil.Close the cooker and cook for one whistle in very low flame.
  • Open the cooker and fluff the rice with a fork after the steam is released.
    Enjoy with Raita!


  • For variations u can grind mint+coriander leaves and add to masala.
  • You can also powder the whole garam masala+fennel seeds and add to the oil instead of adding it as such.
  • Add lemon juice at the end before closing the cooker for more tanginess.

Try this simple coriander flavored biryani.Enjoy !

Coriander leaves biryani recipe

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  1. Lovely flavourful biryani!! Vibrant color!!

  2. Hi,
    Can you please suggest what can be done with left over whey water got after making paneer. Apart from using in roti dough or baking bread, Are there any traditional Indian drinks similar to koozh that can be made from whey water. ?

    Thank you for sharing these wonderful recipes !

    1. Hi, I have not tried anything else with it.So no idea.Sorry.

  3. This is such a flavorful biriyani, will try it sometime..

  4. 2day I tried this receipe, really its tastes very nice.


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