Cook's Hideout: Healthy Cilantro Rice (with Brown rice)

May 16, 2015

Healthy Cilantro Rice (with Brown rice)

Recently I started watching a Telugu cooking show where the chef, a holistic nutritionist -- Sridevi Jasthi, shows recipes that incorporate whole grains, healthy fats and seasonally available ingredients. I like these kind of shows because they show a totally different perspective on cooking healthy everyday food.
Healthy Cilantro Rice (with Brown rice)
I have tried quite a few of her recipes and they have all turned out great. I will be posting them here periodically.
Healthy Cilantro Rice (with Brown rice)
Today's Cilantro rice is a very interesting one and when I watched her make it on the show, I wasn't sure I would like it. Cilantro is ground into a paste along with raw mango, cumin seeds and jaggery -- then mixed with cooked brown rice. It is almost like a salad with not much cooking involved except for the cooking the rice.
After trying it out, I really enjoyed the combination of flavors -- the raw mango, jaggery and cumin seeds complement the cilantro really well. There is no oil in the recipe, but it has good fat in the form of walnuts. All in all if you are looking to eat healthy food, then this is a great recipe to start of with. 
Brown Rice - 1cup
Cilantro leaves - 1cup
Green raw mango - ½cup, grated 
Green Chilies - 2 (adjust as per taste)
Cumin seeds - 1tsp
Jaggery - 2tsp (adjust as per taste)
Walnuts - 2tbsp, grated
Shallots - 2tbsp, finely chopped
Salt - to taste

  • Cook brown rice according to package directions (usually 1:1¾, rice:water ratio). Set aside.
  • Grind cilantro, green raw mango, chilies, cumin seeds, jaggery and salt into a paste.
  • Add the cilantro paste, walnuts and shallots to rice. Mix well and serve!!
Healthy Cilantro Rice (with Brown rice)

Linking this to Valli's 'Cooking from Cookbook ChallengeMay -- Week 3'.



  1. what a great combination of flavors

  2. Love that Bowl Pavani... Simply stunning and that rice is flavour packed. Just love the combination chilli-cilantro -mango.

  3. Well, that certainly is a different recipe! Interesting enough to try, I think...

  4. Pavani, that's surely a different recipe..and such lovely pictures for us to enjoy!..loved that capture of your kid's setting up!


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