Coconut Rice, South Indian Coconut Rice

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Feb. 12, 2018

Rice preparations that highlight a single ingredient like Lemon Rice, Tamarind Rice , Raw Mango Rice or Coconut Rice are more popular in south India than pulaos. Each of these has a unique flavour, which sets it apart from other rice preparations. Here, in this delectable Coconut Rice recipe, you will be able to savour the satiating texture and nutty flavour of coconut, perked up with a traditional tempering of mustard seeds, dals, etc. While sesame can be omitted from the recipe, adding it accentuates the flavour and aroma of the Coconut Rice making it all the more enjoyable.
The crunch of roasted cashews is another aspect to look forward to in every mouthful of this delicious rice.


Freshly grated coconut 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Cooked rice 2 1/2 Cup (40 tbs) (chawal)
Sesame seeds 2 Tablespoon (til)
Ghee 1 Teaspoon
Broken cashew nuts 3 Tablespoon (kaju)
Oil 2 Teaspoon
Urad dal 1 Teaspoon (split black lentils)
Chana dal 1 Teaspoon (split bengal gram)
Cumin seeds 1 Teaspoon (jeera)
Mustard seeds 1 Teaspoon (rai / sarson)
Whole dry red chilies 1 , broken
Curry leaves 8 (kadi patta)
Asafoetida 1/2 Teaspoon (hing)
Finely chopped green chillies 2 Teaspoon
Salt To Taste



1. Heat a small broad non-stick pan, add the sesame seeds and dry roast on a medium flame for 3 to 4 minutes, while stirring continuously.

2. Allow the mixture to cool completely.

3 When cool, blend in a mixer to a coarse powder and keep aside.

4. Heat the ghee in the deep-non kadhai, add the cashewnuts and sauté on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove and keep aside.

5. Heat the oil in the same non-stick deep kadhai, add the urad dal and chana dal and sauté on a medium flame for 30 seconds.

6. Add the cumin seeds, mustard seeds, red chillies, curry leaves and asafoetida and sauté on a medium flame for 1 minute.

7. Add the prepared sesame powder, green chillies, coconut, rice and salt, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes, while stirring occasionally.


8. Serve hot garnished with sautéed cashew nuts.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Ready In: 15 Minutes
Servings: 4