Apr 11, 2012

Brinji Rice / Bay Leaf Pulav / Rice Flavoured with Bay Leaf & Coconut Milk

Bay Leaf is one my favorite spice to use in cooking because of its unique aroma..If you can find fresh bay leaf then you can use that, but I always have dried bay leaf in my pantry always. Dried Bay Leaf doesn't have any aroma when you smell them as it is, but once you throw them in hot oil or ghee then it releases it aroma and it just fills your entire house..I love making this rice bacasue it has lots of spices and while you are frying them in hot ghee, wow the smell will be so good…this rice has some sweetness and richness to it from the coconut milk you use it it..This is one of the must try rice recipe..

I hope you will love it as much I do and let me know if you try it.


Basmati Rice - 2 cups
Ghee  or Oil- 2 tblspn
Thick Coconut Milk- 1 cup
Water - 1 cup
Onion - 1 sliced thinly
Green Chilli - 2 slit
Ginger Garlic Paste - 2 tblspn
Coriander leaves / Cilantro - for garnishing

Whole Spices:
Cinnamon / Pattai - 1 small stick
Cardamom / Yelakai - 4 crushed
Cloves / Krambu - 4
Bay Leaf / Brinji Ilai - 2
Cashews - 2 tblspn
Raisans - 2 tblspn


Soak basmati rice for 30 mins. Drain it and fry it a tsp of ghee for 5 mins. Remove and set aside.

Now heat ghee in a pressure cooker. Add all the whole spices and saute for a min.

Add in onions and green chilli. Saute this for 5 mins. Add in ginger garlic paste and mixwell.Season with some salt.

Add in the fried basmati rice and toss well. Pour in some coconut milk and water and bring it to a boil.

Simmer the flame and cover the pressure cooker and cook it for 1 whistle and simmer for 10 mins.

Switch off the flame and let the pressure go all by itself.

Fluff it up with a fork and garnish with coriander leaves.


Take all your ingrediants
Soak your rice
roast rice in ghee
till light golden
heat ghee in a pan
add all whole spices
onions and chilli
season with some salt
add ginger garlic paste
mix well
add rice
and coconut milk
pour some water
and bring it to boil
Cover and cook
till done


  1. Wow i love this rice from my school days.Now got the recipe and will try soon

  2. I liked the addition of coconut milk

  3. So nicely done Aarthi, very delicious rice..

  4. Hi Aarthi, love all your rice recipes here. Other than that the side dish & desserts look as awesome. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to more.
    Have a great weekend.

  5. Hi, Can you please tell how you made coconut milk for this receipe.Did you add water to coconut or milk to get the essence.

  6. @VijiI extracted fresh coconut milk from coconut. Check this post


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