Monday, 24 February 2014

Coconut Rice - South Indian Style

Coconut Rice is a delicious South Indian Style rice where steamed rice is mixed with toasted coconut flakes and spices. This is a very simple recipe and can be made quickly if you have steamed rice / left over rice.



  • 1 Cup Steamed rice ( you can use left over rice)
  • 2 Tablespoon Grated brown coconut
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Mustard Seeds
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Cumin Seeds
  • 1 Teaspoon Urad Dal
  • 1 Teaspoon Channa Dal
  • 1 Tablespoon Ground nuts
  • 1 Tablespoon Cashewnuts ( optional)
  • a pinch of Hing / Asafoetida
  • 5 Curry Leaves
  • 1 Tablespoon Sesame Seed oil / Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Red chillies
  • Salt as required
  • Chopped cilantro leaves for garnish


1. In a non stick pan heat oil on medium heat. When the oil is hot, add mustard seeds. When they pop open, add ground nuts and saut√© for a min. When the ground nuts are fried, add Cumin Seeds, urad dal, channa dal and fry until light golden. Then add cashew nuts , red chillies and curry leaves. Saute for a min
2. Add hing and immediately add grated coconut / coconut flakes and salt. Reduce the flame to lowest setting and let the coconut brown for about 5 min
3. Once the coconut is toasted to light golden color, add cooked rice and give it a good stir so that rice is mixed with coconut and spices
4. Switch of the flame and garnish with chopped cilantro leaves (optional)
5. Serve hot with chutney

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