Coconut rice – incredibly easy to make, loaded with flavor and great meal for lunch box. Trust me you will be waiting for lunch time. Don’t miss this humble rice recipe.
Why Should You Try This Rice For Lunch Today?
Because coconut rice recipe, my friend is very easy to cook.
It uses minimal ingredients and works great with the left over rice too.
It’s an easy vegan + gluten free meal that you can cook in no time.
Also a very popular potluck recipe. Will be a big hit among the party crowd.
It pairs well with curry of your choice, yes literally any curry.
Recipe for nutty, light and delicious coconut rice varies from home to home. In some households coconut milk rice is made( fresh coconut milk is extracted from freshly grated coconut and the milk is used to cook the rice). It’s definitely flavor packed dish.
And the other way to cook coconut rice is the Indian way- buy using freshly grated coconut mixed into rice along with other spices and seasonings.
You can totally customize this recipe. You have the freedom to enhance coconut flavor to a great extent by both cooking rice in coconut milk (please note you’ll need thin coconut milk for the recipe and not thick cream, cream will split and won’t work for this recipe).
When cooking up lunch or dinner is very challenging, try this easy to make coconut rice. The dish comes together really quick and if you have leftover cooked rice, it’s a breeze to make this rice.
Having leftover rice gives you so many options for your lunch/dinner preparations. Think of fried rice, mushroom rice, pepper rice, just to name a few.
This South Indian version of coconut rice needs to have one most important thing – tempering (tadka). Tempering is cracking mustard seeds, few dals(or Indian lentils), curry leaves and dried red chilies in oil for the flavor and taste.
Promised you easy coconut rice recipe, and that’s what you get:
Add the tempered items, fresh grated coconut to cooked rice. Viola! You coconut rice is ready.
Cook’s Tip: Channa dal (Indian lentils) can be used 2 ways here in the dish. Soak the dal for few minutes and add to temper. You get nice soft cooked bite of dal in the rice.
Or use channa dal as it is in the temper and you get a crunchy bite of dal. If you ask me I like both and do either ways depending on my mood or what taste I prefer the particular day.
I have used both dried red chilies and green chilies here. Together the chilies gives amazing aroma and taste to the dish. Each type of chili has it’s own flavor and that brings out in the dish. Adjust the chilies based on your taste preference.
How to Make Coconut Rice
If you prefer soaking channa dal, soak for 15 minutes, drain and keep aside. Heat oil in a pan.
Crackle mustard seeds. Stir in cumin seeds, asafoetida and grated ginger.
Add the pre soaked and drain channa dal or as it is if you prefer crunchy bites. Along with channa dal add urad dal, cashews and stir cook until the lentils and cashews turn golden brown.
As per your taste preference stir in the number of chilies you prefer. I recommend both dried red and green chilies. Use just 1 dried red chilies whole or broken into 2 pieces. If you use too many red chilies the color of the rice will turn red.
Stir the curry leaves.
Add fresh grated coconut and stir for a minute. Then add cooked rice, salt to taste and gently mix it all together.
Serve with potato roast, egg roast or any curry of your choice.
Alternative Method for Coconut Rice
The easiest version of coconut rice is to use leftover rice from a day before – the recipe that you have here. There is another version which is popular in my family and one of my favorite versions too, which is cooking rice in coconut milk. Light, earthy flavors, comfort food to satisfy your soul.
Cook rice in coconut milk along plus water mix along with other tempering.
A quick coconut milk rice recipe would be –
Heat ghee (clarified butter), add in cumin seeds, bay leaves, cloves, cinnamon sticks, cardamom and saute for 1 minutes.
Add ginger-garlic paste. Add in slit green chilies, cook until raw smell of paste is gone.
Add in veggies like chopped carrots, peas and saute for a minute.
Pour coconut milk mixed with water. For 2 cups basmati rice (long grain rice – soaked and rinsed) add 3 ½ cup liquid (1 ½ cup coconut milk + 2 cups water).
Cook until rice is completely done.
Rest cooked rice for few minutes and then fluff it with fork.
Delicious coconut milk rice is ready!
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Easy South Indian Coconut Rice
- 2 cups pre-cooked rice
- 1 ½ tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
- ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
- A pinch of asafoetida
- ¼ teaspoon ginger(grated)
- 2 ½ tablespoon channa dal
- 2 tablespoon urad dal
- 12 no cashews
- 1 no dried red chili
- 2 no green chilies
- 1 sprig curry leaves
- 1 cup fresh grated coconut
- salt to taste
- If you prefer soaking channa dal, soak for 15 minutes, drain and keep aside.
- Heat oil in a pan.
- Crackle mustard seeds. Stir in cumin seeds, asafoetida and grated ginger.
- Add the pre soaked and drain channa dal or as it is if you prefer crunchy bites. Along with channa dal add urad dal, cashews and stir cook until the lentils and cashews turn golden brown.
- As per your taste preference stir in the number of chilies you prefer. I recommend both dried red and green chilies. Use just 1 dried red chilies whole or broken into 2 pieces. If you use too many red chilies the color of the rice will turn red.
- Stir the curry leaves.
- Add fresh grated coconut and stir for a minute. Then add cooked rice, salt to taste and gently mix it all together.
- Serve with potato roast, egg roast or any curry of your choice.
Comments & Reviews
Cathleen @ A Taste of Madness says
Coconut rice is one of my favourite things ever!! I love how easy this recipe is!
Thank you Cathleen, this is our favorite weekday dinner as well
Coconut rice is so delicious and versatile. I love your photos too!
I love the spices and flavors this coconut rice…sounds wonderful and perfect side to so many fall dishes.
Veena Azmanov says
One of my absolute favorite flavored rice. I Love coconut very much so often I add coconut milk instead of stock too. This sounds so flavorful. I can almost smell the aroma.
It always amazes me how many spices go into making coconut rice, one of my favourite dishes to order when we go to our local take-out place! I love the addition of the chilies to yours, my hubby likes a little extra heat so he would love your version
Marisa Franca says
What a great way to serve rice. I like using different liquids in the rice — it comes out so much better than simply rice. We use a lot of broth when we make grains but I love the idea of coconut milk.
This rice dish looks amazing. So beautiful and it sounds delicious.
Lauren Vavala @ DeliciousLittleBites says
I love all the added bits of flavor in this coconut rice – sounds delicious!
Kylee from Kylee Cooks says
Oh wow, this looks like a great side to pretty much any dish you could make! I love the flavors in this.
We love rice and eat it often here. Your coconut rice sounds like it has an intriguing flavor mixing sweet with savory.
Claudia Lamascolo says
Coconut rice is the best its so flavorful and goes great with any meal this is perfection!
Md Tarikul Molla says
Very nic and good helpful post.
mansi desai says
this is very nice recipe which you have posted here i like this posting this is very nice for me so thanks for this posting
Thank you Mansi.. Hope you give this dish a try!