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.