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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.

I have tried quite a few of her recipes and they have all turned out great. I will be posting them here periodically.

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. 

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Healthy Cilantro Rice (with Brown rice) Yum
Healthy Cilantro Rice made with brown rice, cilantro and walnuts.
Healthy Cilantro Rice (with Brown rice)
Course main course
Cuisine indian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Brown Rice
  • 1 cup Cilantro leaves
  • ½ cup mango Green raw , grated
  • 2 Chilies Green (adjust as per taste)
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 2 tsps Jaggery (adjust as per taste)
  • 2 tbsps Walnuts , chopped
  • 2 tbsps Shallots , finely chopped
  • to taste Salt
Course main course
Cuisine indian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Brown Rice
  • 1 cup Cilantro leaves
  • ½ cup mango Green raw , grated
  • 2 Chilies Green (adjust as per taste)
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 2 tsps Jaggery (adjust as per taste)
  • 2 tbsps Walnuts , chopped
  • 2 tbsps Shallots , finely chopped
  • to taste Salt
Healthy Cilantro Rice (with Brown rice)
Instructions
  1. Cook brown rice according to package directions (usually 1:1¾, rice:water ratio). Set aside.
  2. Grind cilantro, green raw mango, chilies, cumin seeds, jaggery and salt into a paste.
  3. Add the cilantro paste, walnuts and shallots to rice. Mix well and serve!!
Recipe Notes

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

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5 thoughts on “Healthy Cilantro Rice (with Brown rice)”

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

  2. 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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