Coconut rice – incredibly easy to make, loaded with flavor and great for lunch box. Trust me you will be waiting for lunch time when there is coconut rice. You guys definitely do not want to miss this coconut rice recipe.
Because this coconut rice, my friend is so easy to cook. It uses minimal ingredients and works great with the left over rice too. Seriously! Watch the recipe video to know how easy it is!
Coconut rice recipe varies from home to home. In some households coconut milk rice is made. Fresh coconut milk is extracted and rice in cooked in it. It’s definitely flavor packed dish. At home mom makes coconut rice aka thengai sadam using fresh grated coconut.
On busy days coming up with a dish for lunch or dinner is so challenging. Many like me prefer those really quick and simple variety rice dishes for lunch/dinner or even for lunch box. Variety rice is very popular among South Indians as we LOVE our high carb RICE and prefer to eat rice all three times a day.
When you have leftover rice, the options for your lunch/dinner are so wide. And your lunch is ready in a jiffy, don’t forget that. After all we all love easy and fast recipes like this easy South Indian Coconut rice recipe.
Any South Indian dish is not complete without the tempering (tadka). And this dish has just that for the flavor and taste. Add all the tempered items, fresh grated coconut and cooked rice. Viola! You coconut rice is ready. Channa dal 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. The reason is it gives amazing aroma and taste to the dish. Each type of chili has it’s own flavour and that brings out in the dish. Adjust the chilies based on your taste preference.
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
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 1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
- A pinch of asafoetida
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger(grated)
- 2 1/2 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.
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