Jan 2, 2012

Coconut Rice / Thengai Sadam - A South Indian Favourite

I love coconut rice..Amma makes it often for lunch on weekdays, since it is so easy peasy to make..Actually it taste so great as it is..So you don’t need any side dish with this..If you want some thing to go also with this, you could make Potato Roast.

But the best combo for this is spicy chicken curry..They both taste divine..I think you should try it some day..The flavour of this rice comes from the toasting of coconut in coconut oil and also the whole spices which you put in..I added some cashews for little crunch..I have another version of Coconut Milk Rice which is a keralan style..Check it here..

I hope you love this and let me know what you think..

Preparation Time:10mins
Cooking Time : 15 mins
Serves: 2 to 3


Rice – 3 cups cooked
Coconut -1 cup Freshly Grated
Coconut Oil – 2 tblspn
Curry leaves – 2 springs
Cashews – 10
Channa Dal / Kadala Paruppu – 1 tsp
Whole Pepper -1 tsp
Urad Dal / Ulundu – 1tsp
Mustard Seeds / Kaduku -1 tsp
Cardamom – 5
Dry Red Chilli – 3
Salt to taste


Heat Coconut oil in a kadai. Add Mustard Seeds, Urad dal and Saute for a min.

Add Channa Dal, Pepper, Cashews, Cardamom, Dry Red Chilli and Curry leaves. Saute this for 30 sec.

Add in Coconut and mix well. Add some salt and sauté till it gets light golden.

Now add in rice and mix well..Fry this for 3 mins untill the rice is heated through.

Serve hot or put in lunch box.

Take all your ingrediants
Rice cooked and cooled

Heat coconut oil

add mustard and urad dal

add channa dal and pepper

add cashews

add cardamom

dry red chilli

and some curry leaves

mix well
add coconut

season with salt

and mix well

add in rice

and toss well

done done


Or put in lunch box


  1. Very authentic and delicious recipe.. looks absolutely inviting :)
    Indian Cuisine

  2. Delicious and yummy looking coconut rice. Excellent preparation.
    Hamaree Rasoi

  3. very tempting ,simple and mildly flavoured rice ...nice recipe...

  4. woww super duper rice..all time fav..loved ur presentation in coconut shell!!

  5. Yummy coconut rice.Happy New Year 2012.

  6. yum yum.. i like this rice a lot. I also have a post in my blog for this. love the presentation in a coconut

  7. Even my favourite,just love with papads..

  8. Delicious and yummy rice with coconut flavor,adding pepper corn is new to me.

  9. delicious looking coconut rice looks wonderful

  10. very delicious rice, my fav..Happy New year to you and your family.

  11. Oh, YUM! this looks delicious! I love that you toast or saute your spices....it's magic!

  12. Authentic comfort food...great post dear..happy 2012!

  13. Flavorful delicious coconut rice.

  14. yum yum and just yum .. i too prepare this but i will add haldi powder.

  15. what a comforting one pot meal:-) Looks perfect!

  16. yummy rice....we prepare coconut rice in a different way...this luks simple n awesome...will try this soon

  17. Love the idea of serving it in Coconut Shell...

    Yum! Yum! Yum!

  18. Tried this receipe today....Simple and quick to make, and very delicious also... Thanks for sharing the recipe

  19. Here 1cup means is it 200ml or 100ml? also lemme know quantity mentioned is for cooked rice?

  20. I don't get fresh cocunut .can I use dried cocunut?

  21. @AnonymousU can use. but fresh gives nice flavour

  22. Very tasty it came out well... Thanks aarthi....

  23. tried it & turned out well.......thank you.....

  24. Can we use butter instead of coconut oil


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