Monday, January 21, 2008

Coconut Rice

This coconut rice has the rich coconut flavor having been cooked in coconut milk. I have used aged basmati rice for making this rice. Advantage of cooking with aged basmati rice is that, you get fluffy cooked rice, with separate grains and it will not break so much after cooking unlike new basmati rice.

Ingredients

1 cup - Basmati rice, rinsed
2 cups - Coconut milk
Salt to taste

Seasoning
1 tsp - Mustard seeds
1 tbsp - Chana dal
1 tsp - Urad dal
1/4 tsp - Jeera / Cumin seeds
2 tbsp - Peanuts or cashewnuts
2 pinches - Hing
2 - Green chili, chopped finely
2 sprigs - Curry leaves
Coconut oil

Method
1 ) In a large saucepan, bring coconut milk to a boil, add rinsed basmati rice and salt to taste. Bring to a boil, then simmer and cook covered with lid till all the coconut milk is absorbed and the rice is well cooked. Switch off the heat. With the lid still closed, let the rice cool. Stir with a fork, then spread the rice on a plate to cool completely.

2 ) To season - In a pan heat oil, add mustard and pop it. Then add chana dal, urad dal, peanuts or cashew nuts, green chili and fry them. Now add hing and curry leaves. Pour the seasoning on the cooked rice and mix in well.


Serve hot. This rice will go so well with some spicy meat fry or with chicken curry.

Seema suggests - " My mom does the south indian way.. all tadka & fry the fresh coconut till the aroma comes & add cooked rice & toss well...."

So for a variation to the above preparation, coconut rice can be prepared using freshly grated coconut, instead of coconut milk. Cook rice in water and cool. For one cup rice, use 2 cups water. Then do the seasoning, add about 1 cup freshly grated coconut to seasoning and fry lightly( don't brown the coconut ) till the aroma of coconut comes out. Then add cooked rice and mix well.

19 comments:

Shankari said...

Rice cooked in coconut milk will be rich and heavenly. Question is, do you use thick cocnut milk or do you think it a bit with water?

Pravs said...

Shankari : Coconut milk i used was nor too thick nor too thin. If you want intense flavor of coconut, then use thick milk.

Padma said...

Coconut rice is always a favo in our house, when my mother cooks this she take care that potato/chicken curry is there for accompaniment. This looks lovely and reminded me of that. Its been a very long time I made coconut rice here...

DK said...

I make it this way too with coconut milk. I abs luv this rice cooked with the milk. The flavour is mind blowing :)

Nags said...

my fave variety rice :)

Purnima said...

MMMmmmmmmm....coconut rice sure looks yummy! Thks Pravs for sharing the recipe!

Seema said...

Coconut milk cooking the rice will be heavenly & adds a great flavout to it !! I make it slightly different... My mom does the south indian way.. all tadka & fry the fresh coconut till the aroma comes & add cooked rice & toss well.. that comes out yum too.. a nice spicy potato fry opn the side with crunch papads.. a great meal :-)

RP said...

Coconut rice! yum!
All your recipe posts have something special in it..something that is so inviting..
By the way, I came to say that i made your almond cookies a couple of times, and I have posted a picture today. Thanks.

remya said...

my grandma makes this rice....i love them....cooked in coconut milk...wow!!! wat a lovely flavour

easycrafts said...

Coconut rice cooked in coconut milk..awsome dear, will surely try sometime

bhags said...

Never tried coconut rice.....the pics look delish.....a must try for me...

Padmaja said...

MY fav!!! coconut rice with chicken curry. I cook in slightly a different way. A must try version Pravs!!

Happy cook said...

Wow this have to taste good and rice look so flufffy

Kalai said...

Pravs, I looooooove coconut anything, especially rice! We usually make it the way Seema's described with seasoning and frying the coconut. This looks and sounds just mouthwatering. Will try it out soon!

Superchef said...

mmm..reminds me of home..

Seena said...

My mom's way..I love rice that she added coconut milk which tastes great..

Kalai said...

Pravs, I just had to tell you that I tried the rice recipe today and it was fantastic (of course!). Also made your meat fry recipe with it and the combo was out of this world. Thanks for making me look awesome! :)

Pravs said...

Kalai : My pleasure ! so glad to read this feedback :)

Kribha said...

This used to be one of my favorite lunchbox item. But I don't think my mom cooked the rice in coconut milk. It sis surely a great tip. Thanks for sharing.