How to make Coconut Rice -

Rice cooked in coconut milk along with fresh vegetables

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Fresh coconut (ताज़ा नारियल), Coconut milk (नारियल का दूध)

Cuisine : South Indian

Course : Rice

Coconut Rice

Coconut Rice Recipe Card


Hindi: nariyal
Coastal cuisine of India loves the coconut. Be it Goan or Malwani, Karnatak, Tamilian or from Kerala, the taste of coconut reigns supreme. Think about a rich fish curry and try making it obliterating the coconut! It will pass off as a fake. Very correctly termed as the ‘plant of life,’ each and every part of the coconut plant is useful in one or the other way.

Prep Time : 16-20 minutes

Cook time : 21-25 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Coconut Rice Recipe

  • Fresh coconut scraped 3/4 cup

  • Coconut milk 1/2 cup

  • Basmati rice soaked for 20 minutes and drained 1 1/2 cups

  • Ghee 3 tablespoons

  • Mustard seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Cumin seeds 1/2 teaspoon

  • Curry leaves 10-12

  • Dried red chillies broken 2-3

  • Cashewnuts halved 7-8

  • Medium carrot finely chopped 1

  • Red chilli powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Green peas 1/2 cup

  • Salt to taste

  • Fresh coriander leaves chopped 1 tablespo to garnish


Step 1

Heat ghee in a deep non-stick pan, add mustard seeds and cumin seeds and let the seeds splutter.

Step 2

Add curry leaves and red chillies, mix and sauté for a minute. Add cashewnuts and carrot, mix and sauté for 2 minutes.

Step 3

Add ½ cup coconut and mix. Add red chilli powder and mix. Add rice and 3 cups water and mix.

Step 4

Add green peas, salt and coconut milk, mix, cover and cook till fully done.

Step 5

Add coriander leaves and gently mix well.

Step 6

Transfer into a serving bowl, garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

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