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Kothamalli Sadam, Coriander Rice, Kothamalli Rice Recipe

Recipe for Kothamalli Kalanda Sadam. Coriander Rice recipe without onion. Kothimir bath. A very tasty variety rice preparation from Tamilnadu.

  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 3 servings 1x



For Cooking Rice

  • 1 Cup Raw Rice (like sona masuri variety)
  • 2 Cups Water

For the Coriander Paste

  • 2 teaspoon peanut oil
  • 2 teaspoon chana dal
  • 2 teaspoon urad dal
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 sprigs curry leaves
  • 3 green chillies
  • 1 bunch (100 grams) coriander leaves
  • 1/3 cup fresh shredded coconut
  • 1 big gooseberry size Tamarind
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For the Tempering

  • 2 teaspoon peanut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon urad dal
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 sprig curry leaves


For Cooking Rice

  1. Wash the rice in running water 2-3 times until the water runs clear, Soak one cup of rice in 2 cups of water for 10 minutes.
  2. Take a pressure cooker and fill it with one inch of water. Place the bowl with the soaked rice and water and cover and cook for exactly 2 whistles. Remove from heat and wait for the pressure from the cooker to be released naturally.

For the Coriander Paste

  1. Take a pan and heat a teaspoon of oil until hot. Add in the chana dal, urad dal and cumin seeds. Add in the curry leaves and green chillies. Let the seeds brown on a low flame.
  2. Add in the coriander leaves and the shredded coconut. Fry for a minute. Switch off the flame and add in the salt and tamarind.
  3. Grind the fried ingredients to a paste with quarter cup of water. Grind to a fine paste. Set aside.

For the Tempering

  1. Heat oil in pan and add in the mustard seeds, urad dal and cumin seeds. Add in the curry leaves. Let the seeds splutter.
  2. Add in the ground coriander paste and fry for a couple of minutes.
  3. Add in the cooked rice and mix well. Remove from heat and serve.


For special occasions, add 2 tablespoon of ghee at the end. It will taste even more delicious.

  • Author: Kannamma - Suguna Vinodh
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Category: Lunch
  • Cuisine: Tamilnadu
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