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Make Tasty Coconut Rice at Home

Make Tasty Coconut Rice at Home

Preparing coconut rice is easy. This flavorful rice dish can be prepared within 30 minutes using fresh grated coconut, spices, curry leaves and rice.
It is an ubiquitous South Indian dish made for a lunch or dinner during festivals and occasions.

This nutty and mild rice based dish is called Thengai Sadam in Tamil. It can be served with any curry or plain yogurt.

You can use any rice you like though South Indian Ponni or Sona Masoori rice are common rice of choice.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes


1 heaped cup of cooked rice
1/3 cup grated coconut (fresh or frozen)
1/2 teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)

To temper:
1 tablespoon coconut oil or ghee
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 teaspoon split urid dal
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon jeera
1 green chilli
1 red chilli
a string of curry leaves
10 broken cashew nuts


Heat oil in a pan, then add some mustard seeds and urad dal.
Let it splutter, then fry till golden. Give a quick saute.
Add curry leaves, green chilli, red chilli, and ginger.
Saute for 2 more minutes on low flame. Make sure it is not getting over sauteed.
Add cashews, fry until golden.
Add coconut.
Saute for 2 mins in low flame so that it does not change color.
Finally add cooked rice along with required salt.
Mix well until nicely combined.
Serve Coconut Rice hot with potato roast!

Disclaimer: The ingredients used in the above recipes might be allergic to some. Be aware of the risk.

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