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25 June, 2014

Coconut milk rice

Posted in : Vegetarian on by : srilakshminair Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

This recipe is a play on the Tamil Nadu version of coconut rice/Thengai sadham which has cooked rice, stir fried in fresh scraped coconut fried in oil, mustard seeds, dried red chillies, and curry leaves…but this one’s different. I wanted the rice to have more coconut flavor, like the Kerala coconut-milk stew. So I decided to cook the basmati rice in coconut milk infused with subtle flavors of ginger, spring onions, green chillies, and curry leaves. Kind of like a Thai version of coconut rice. Me and my mom in law made this for dinner last night, but if I could eat this for breakfast, I would. You know what? I think I will. Who says I can’t! Here s how I made it…

You will need the following ingredients:

Basmati rice1 cup

Spring onions/Scallions2 handfuls

Sliced ginger1 tablespoon

Green chillies;slit lengthwise3-4

Coconut milk1 cup

Water1 cup

Curry leavesa handful

SaltTo taste

Coconut oil/canola oil/vegetable oil


Heat a pan, and drizzle some oil. Throw in the spring onions, sauté for a minute and add the slit green chillies. You can subtract the amount of green chillies if you can’t handle heat…
coconut rice recipe

Add the sliced ginger, and fresh curry leaves, and sauté. Let the flavors of the ginger and curry leaves get infused in the oil….Go by the smell… You will know what I mean..
coconut rice recipe

Add the rice, stir. Pour in the coconut milk, and water…
easy coconut milk recipe

Add salt, stir, cover with a lid, and let the rice cook. Stir occasionally to make sure the rice doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan. If the rice dries out, add more water as necessary. The rice should not get over-cooked and sticky.

coconut rice recipe

Garnish with some more chopped spring onions…Simple as that!
coconut rice recipe
Eat it by itself, or have it with delicious Kadai Paneer -recipe coming soon!

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