Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Kottambari bhath/Coriander rice/Kothamalli sadam:Step-by-step

My hubby these days searches the library & gets me interesting cookbooks every month. He got the book, Southern Spice from Chandra Padmanabhan few months ago. When I first saw kothamalli sadam recipe in the book, I was skeptical whether to cook it or not. It did not have the two things that I absolutely love, i.e. the sour ingredient, lemon juice & my adapted love.... coconut. Being married to a Udupi brahmin, I have imbibed coconut in my day-to-day cooking.

One fine day I decided to cook it, just for my hubby's love towards coriander. I followed it to the tee & the end result is.., I have cooked it a dozen times already :D I also shared the recipe with my friends & all those who tried, have given a thumbs up to it.


Serves: 3-4
Cooking time: 30mins
Preparation time: 20mins

Basmati rice: 3 cups
Water: 5 cups
Salt: According to taste
Cooked vegetables: Around 1 cup (I have used carrots, potatoes, peas)

For coriander paste:
Coriander leaves: around 100gms or 1 bunch
Onion: 2 medium sized
Green chilies: 3-4 nos (adjust according to your needs)

For the tempering:
Cooking oil: 1.5 tbsp
Mustard seeds: 1 tsp
De-skinned black gram/urad dal: 1 tsp
Gram dal/Channa dal: 1 tsp
Cashew nuts: 1 tbsp (sliced)
Capsicum: 2 tbsp (cut into thin strips)


  • Wash the basmati rice thoroughly in water & drain the water. Let it soak for 20mins.
  • Boil 5 cups of water in a broad vessel & when water starts boiling add rice & cook the rice on a medium flame until the rice is cooked. Allow it to cool. Fluff the rice & spread it on a large plate.
  • Meantime, wash the coriander leaves & green chili.
  • Make a smooth paste of coriander leaves, onion & green chilies (no need to add water, the moisture from the coriander leaves & onion is sufficient).
  • Heat oil in a pan. When oil is hot, add mustard seeds followed by urad & channa dal.When dal turn golden brown, add cashews. 
  • When cashews turn golden,add the cooked vegetables, capsicum & saute for 1-2mins. 
  • Add the coriander paste & saute for another 1-2mins. Remove from heat.
  • Scoop out the tempered coriander paste along with vegetables & pour it on the spread rice. Adjust salt.
  • Mix well & serve it warm with a raita/dip of your choice.


  1. My fav rice dish.. looks absolutely delicious.. thanks for sharing !!

  2. Beautiful step pictures and beautiful vibrant green.. i can feel the fragrance...

  3. Flavourful and yummy rice dish.

  4. Love the flavors of coriander.....beautiful rice!!

  5. Yummy coriander rice, very catchy and tempting..

  6. I loved the procedure to this simple yet tempting prep... Very neat & clean..... Hugs))))


  7. I like coriander leaves, so will try.

  8. love the green colour, very flavourful rice..

  9. Yummy...I smell coriander as I read through the recipe :)

  10. I make this rice too...so tempting..!



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