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.
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.