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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

I love Cilantro! :Cilantro Coconut-milk pasta.


Cilantro(Coriander leaves) used in many Asian ,Middle Eastern and Mexican cooking, does more than just enhance the flavor or presentation of the dish.Cilantro is nothing less a Wonder herb, rich in nutrients, with antimicrobial properties,health benefits such as controlling blood sugar, lowering cholesterol and fighting inflammation and free radicals.Above all cilantro facilitates the ability to remove mercury and other heavy metals from our bodies,how amazing is that?
Always add it towards the end of the cooking process to get the most of its taste and health benefits.A fresh herb Pesto sauce that requires no cooking is one of my favorite recipes with fresh cilantro.I always loved its sharp distinct flavor in any dish my mom used it in.I continue to devour it in my cooking whenever possible.
Growing your own
You can easily grown your own cilantro from the coriander seeds and regularly enjoy the fresh herb.Take a look at Mona@Zaiqa's lovely lush green Cilantro in the pot,learn some tips.

In this recipe I pair this fabulous herb with creamy coconut milk.Even though coconut milk is a high calorie food,the saturated fat in it is actually considered as good fat.Using it in moderation should do no harm to the body.

Ingredients
1 cup fresh cilantro,keep the tender top stems on along with the leaves
3/4 cup thin Coconut milk
1 lb Whole grain or multi grain pasta
1 Big clove garlic
1/2 a medium onion ,finely chopped
2 small green chillies
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

Method

Puree the cilantro with green chillies and 1/4cup of water(add less water for thicker sauce) in a blender or food processor.keep aside.
To Cook the pasta ,fill a large pot three-quaters full of water and bring to a boil.
Add pasta to the boiling water and cook until al-dente(with a bite to it),8-10 minutes.Drain thoroughly.

Meanwhile heat oil on medium heat in a pan,add onion ,saute until translucent then add garlic and the other spices,after a minute or two ,stir in the coconut milk.Bring to a slow boil,mix in the pureed cilantro and cooked pasta.cook for a another minute.Turn off the heat.Serve warm.


I'm submitting this recipe to Weekend Wokking, a world-wide food blogging event created by Wandering Chopsticks celebrating the multiple ways we can cook one ingredient. This month's secret ingredient is the Cilantro,the hostess of the month is Darlene of Blazing Hot Wok.

44 comments:

Ivy said...

I love cilantro and I can imagine how delicious this would taste!!

Prathibha said...

I know that would be very flavorful dear..

Gita said...

What an innovative pasta dish...I guess the dish must have been soo flavorful with the cilantro and coconut milk...the dish does look so creamy :)

Sharmila said...

I have tried spaghetti with coconut milk ... but this sounds even more delicious with the cilantro in it. :-)

Parita said...

OMG what a gorgeous and flavorful combination!!

Judy said...

Very creative recipe. I love cilantro. I am growing some in my garden right now. I've already harvested one plant. I have some in pots too, and it grows well in pots.

mona said...

Delicious! I enjoy having spaghetti in Qorma masala with coconut milk. Adding cilantro as an another main ingredient sounds good.
Lovely clicks Yasmeen.

Ann said...

Healthy and yummy pasta..with cilantro and coconut milk,its rich and flavourful !!

Nithya said...

Yummy and too healthy it looks.. Just feeling like having a bowl of it. :) Tempting pics too..

Ann said...

I wish you invite me to have this lovely treat! heh! heh!.. just tooo good to look and I bet its fabulous to taste :P

Kalaivani said...

Looks so creamy and yummy.Love the color.gr8 combo.

Sweta said...

What a creamy looking pasta!!
I grew up eating curries with coconut milk on a daily basis-I just love the flavour it adds :)

Aparna said...

I really like the sound of this pasta. Cilantro and coconut milk is unusual with pasta.

Smitha said...

never thot of mixing pasta with such a sauce.Very different thinking as usual yasmeen.

sangeeta said...

i love this....i know exactly how it tastes..i make brown rice with this recipe...just i don;t use onions and coriander powder and lots of black pepper n cumin powder instead......this is happy food.

Keerthana said...

Loved the color Yasmeen. I am sure it tastes and smells great!

Pavithra said...

WOw looks so yummmmmmmmm.. different combo sure will try it out

Lisa said...

Sounds like a perfect way to enjoy pasta. Great images.

And congratulations on winning June's No Croutons Required challenge. A well deserved win!

Priya said...

Wowow wat a delicious and tempting pasta dish Yas, COngrats for winnin ICR June!

Soma said...

Congrats yasmeen for the NCR win! u had 2 of my favorites in that soup:-)

& this is a unique way to have pasta.. coconut & cilantro sounds great.

Rush said...

pasta + coconut...sounds great to me!!
have never done it the coconut way..now i feel like going coco!!

Poornima Nair said...

I love a new pasta recipe esp. one that looks so yumm...I have always used milk or cream but coconut milk sounds interesting. Am going to make it this weekend.

jayasree said...

cilantro and coconut milk in pasta is interesting. Looks very inviting.

Cynthia said...

I too love cilantro. This is a delicious creation you've come up with to serve pasta!

Congrats on your blog's anniversary!

Preeti Singh said...

wow it looks so creamy and thick....innovative idea dear...looks interesting...

sowmya said...

delicious..nice recipe...

Varsha Vipins said...

Thats so amazingly flavorful Yasmeen..I luvvv cilantro..mebe I should try growing them..:)

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Wow,I have just now started cooking pasta and I am liking very much,this is very interesting recipe!!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Me too! That pasta dish is very original and looks so scrumptious!

Cheers,

Rosa

Curry Leaf said...

wow,delicious.looks very creamy and perfect.Perfect entry Yasmeen.I too will be posting my cilantro recipe later this week.Lovely and very innovative.

CONGRATS on the NCR:Leaves win.Keep it up.The soup was so hearty and healthy and you deserved the win.Enjoy

Shama Nagarajan said...

yummy combo pasta...lovely

5 Star Foodie said...

I am loving this! Cilantro coconut milk pasta sounds amazing! can't wait to try it!

Varunavi said...

I love the flavour of cilantro,i used it very often in chutneys and like to eat with biryani also.
Great click and yummy dish with coconut milk :)

Shri said...

I loved the color and combination of Coconut milk and Pasta:)It looks so delish..

Shri

Muneeba said...

FINALLY somebody's combined three of my fav ingredients ... cilantro, coconut milk and pasta! I'd have been too scared ... but u've got guts girl! I gotta give this a shot, and soon!
PS: Good luck with your move Yasmeen .. hey, if I can make it one piece, u can too!

Bergamot said...

Looks nice, yummy and such a pleasant green... i like the twist of using coconut milk..

Vegetation said...

Coriander is my favourite herb! I definitely have to make this!

notyet100 said...

Pasta looks yum,..lovely entry

Kevin said...

That looks good! I really like all of the cilantro in it!

Vibaas said...

love cilantro too and this looks very yum!

Anonymous said...

I just made this. It was pretty, but really bland.

Bunny Mum said...

hi
I tried this, but had to modify with what I had on hand..
I had a little bit of cilantro leftover and so I added lots more spinach. I reduced the chilli because I can't stand it and I added 1 tbsp of fresh cream. I also used spelt noodles because that is what I could find at the time
I loved it :) If I wanted to make less filling and jsut a soup I would just leave out the pasta. Also, I accidentally added too much water so I had to boil it down a whole lot.
great combo and idea !

Anonymous said...

We made as directed and the sauce is extremely soupy. nothing like the picture. Is it a typo where it says to puree the cilantro with 2 cups of water? It says set aside then add the mix to the cocnut milk. 2 cups of water with the cilantro is extremely watery. What did we do wrong???

Yasmeen said...

Adding less water should do :)

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