Coriander Mint Rice & Chicken Curry

Coriander pudina rice

I know I have mentioned numerous times that I love coriander. I am partial to coriander and most often than not, add a wee bit more than the recipe calls for. Mint or pudina did not win me over right away when I was first introduced to it but over the years I have begun to like pudina’s flavor and aroma especially in biryanis and pulaos.

Home grown pudina

Yesterday, I prepared coriander-mint rice that is simple to prepare and delicious. Few ingredients attribute to the simplicity of this dish – pudina and coriander leaves merge with the spices to bring out an aromatic herby dish.

Coriander Mint Rice Recipe

Prep & Cooking: 35-40 mts

Serves 4-5 persons



2 cups long grained rice

1 large onion, finely sliced

1/2 tbsp oil + 1/2 tbsp ghee

1 tsp ginger garlic paste

whole garam masala (4 cloves, 1″ cinnamom, 1 elachi, 1 star anise, 1 bay leaf)

salt to taste

Coarsely crush (do not make a paste):

1/2 cup chopped coriander leaves

1/4 cup chopped pudina leaves

2-3 green chillis

1 Heat oil+ghee in a cooking vessel, add whole spices and bay leaf and saute for a few seconds. Add the sliced onions and saute for 4 mts. Add the ginger garlic paste and crushed coriander-pudina-green chillis and saute further for another 5 mts.
2 Add the washed rice and saute for a minute. Add 3 3/4 cups water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover with lid and cook till the rice is done.
3 Serve hot with raita or any curry of your choice.

Coriander pudina rice, chicken curry and raita ~ Our weekend meal

Chicken Curry Recipe

Prep & Cooking: 40 mts

Serves 4-5 persons

Cuisine: Indian



1 kg chicken, washed and cut into medium sized pieces

whole garam masala (2 cloves, 1 elaich, 1″ cinnamon, 1 star anise)

2 onions, very finely chopped

1 tbsp ginger garlic paste

1/2 cup yogurt

1/4 tsp turmeric

1 tsp chilli pwd

1 tbsp coriander powder

garam masala pwd (1″ dalchini and 4 cloves finely ground)

2 tbsps oil

salt to taste

Make a paste:

1 tsp roasted poppy seed pwd

2 tbsps grated coconut

2 Heat oil in a cooking vessel, add the whole garam masala and saute for a few seconds, add the chopped onions and fry till transparent.
3 Add the ginger garlic paste and fry further for another 3 mts. Add the chicken and cook on high heat for 4-5 mts, combining the ingredients once in a while.
4 Reduce to medium heat, add poppy seed-coconut paste, chilli pwd, turmeric pwd, coriander pwd and salt and combine well. Let the chicken cook in this paste for 8-10 mts, uncovered. Cook till oil separates. Add the yogurt and combine and cook for 4-5 mts.
5 Add a cup of water (add more water if you want more gravy) and combine. Cover and cook till the chicken is soft. Finally add the garam masala pwd, combine well and turn off heat.
6 Serve hot with rice, coconut rice, any flavored rice or rotis.

Coriander Mint Rice & Chicken Curry

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 2

 Main Ingredients:

  •  chicken


  • Lubna Karim

    I just can’t imagine my fridge without these two aromatic herbs. Recipe looks simple and awesome. Iam drooling over. Will try my hands on this soon.

    • bhavani

      Hi sailu I tried ur pudina rice really yummy

  • Alka

    Feeling hungry enough to grab this plate right away…Lovely recipes and lovelier presentation..and yeah just by looking at that fresh mint plant,i feel minty fresh…..

  • Mallika

    What a wonderful simple meal. I could happily eat this as the perfect antidote to the horrible cold I’m suffering right now…

  • arundati

    i too preferred coriander over pudina and add more than what is really required!! ….now i cant stop myself from adding it to most things i make….raita, egg bhurji and even omelette….though i am still not a fan of plain mint chutney…the coriander mint rice looks wonderful

  • cmoon

    i tried it, excellent!!!

  • Meera

    Lovely spread. Both the recipes look delicious.

  • Divya Vikram

    I made a similar coriander rice recently..Sounds delicious..

  • Ramki

    Coriander rice is my favourite. Pairing it with mint sounds even better ! But is’nt it better adding coriander leaves at the very end ? Won’t you lose flavour if they are cooked for long ?

    Yes, coriander is usually added towards the end of the cooking process in most recipes but this rice dish calls for crushed coriander to be cooked with the rest of spices and rice. And it has a wonderful flavor.

  • Maya

    Thats a wonderful combination of the rice and chicken curry. I made a similar rice with cilantro last week, also added chickpeas and nutrela to it. Will try making chicken curry next time with it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Cham

    The rice looks very inviting with the chicken curry!

  • Shreya

    hi, love this recipe.. wonderful combo. I have never tried both the leaves together, have to now! I always preferred mint chutney sandwiches over coriander chutney ones.:-)

  • usha

    Yum! will try this weekend.

  • Bhawana

    Yummmmmmmmmy Sailaja :). Will try, looking very tempting. nice click.

  • Cilantro

    I love coriander/cilantro and hence my blog name cilantro. Pudina did`nt win me either. Love the rice and the chicken curry.

  • R.Punitha

    Hi Sailu,
    I’m sorry for my delayed comment because i had gone to my native place for the 1st year anniversary of my Father’s death. I miss you a lot Sailu. Thank you for sharing.
    I’ll try this recipe today itself. Ok , tk , bye.

  • skadari

    Hi Sailu,

    I fan of your website. atleast once in a week i check ur site.

    I like your recipies. someof them i tried out.

    This coriander mint rice and chicken curry recipies. is superb, i need to try. ๐Ÿ™‚


  • ayesha

    hi sailu!!! i tried most of ur recipies and it turned out to be delicious so pls keep sending yummy recipies.

  • santhi

    Hello Sailuji,

    For the 1st time today i have seen ur website n ur efforts r admirable really. it shows how much time n energy u put into this great cooking art…n i hope u r receiving fruitful results for ur all efforts.
    It’s really an amazing job n all pictures r really great looking…I am sure u are the inspiration to so many food making….”A great Creative Art” lovers…which is equal to all beings of God’s creation…Keep it up n All the best for ur Great Great Great Energetic Job….With best wishes..Santhi Sekar

  • Preti

    I been a lurker for a while all the recipes you post vibrant pictures, tempting us to try your recipes out lol ๐Ÿ™‚ Tried this chicken recipe, its awesome!!! Keep up your amazing work!!

  • Rekha

    Hello, I tried your Coriander-Mint rice recipe and it was big hit! I followed your quantities and the flavor was just perfect! Everybody loved it. Thank you for your wonderful recipes.

  • Jyosthna

    Hi Sailu , I tried the coriander mint rice today . i used all the ingredients specified . kani na rice green colour lo vachindhi . meeru present chesina photo lo rice brown colour lo undhi? can you tell what might be the reason . btw the taste was too good.Thank you Sailu

  • sowmya

    hi Sailu garu,
    nice work! i discovered your website as a newly wed 5 years ago and check it out almost daily. your recipes are so ‘cookable’ unlike many other hi-fi food blogs.and i love it for that. I’m going to make pudina rice and spicy chicken curry for sunday lunch n will tell you how it turns out..


    • sowmya

      My DH liked the spicy chicken was good

  • bhavani

    Hi sailu nice recipe