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April 7, 2013


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coconut rice

Thengai sadam/Coconut rice is Sendhil's favourite rice variety.I am not a big fan of this rice . So I make this only for my husband..Its very easy to make and very flavourful too..My Mom & MIL makes it very well.They make in a slightly different way.My MIL adds lot of soaked & roasted urad dal. But my mom adds roasted urad and channa dal without soaking them.I combine both their methods and it comes out very tasty.When u make this rice , ur house will be filled with nice aroma of coconut oil. The roasted smell of coconut , crunchy urad and channa dal, nice flavour of ginger and coconut oil  are the highlights of this rice. Smile.Over to the recipe,

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  • Cooked rice – 1/2 cup ( Boiled rice or raw rice would be fine)
  • Grated coconut – 1/2 cup
  • Salt – As needed
To temper
  • Coconut oil – 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Urad dal – 2 tbsp (soak for 30 minutes – optional)
  • Channa dal – 1 tbsp
  • Jeera / Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Red chillies – 1 no
  • Green chillies – 1 no
  • Finely chopped Ginger – 1 – 2  tsp
  • Curry leaves – few
Ghee – 1 tsp
Cashews – 5 nos

  • Cook the rice adding 1:2 rice n water till fluffy .Add a tsp of oil or ghee while u cook the rice to get it separate and fluffy.Spread the cooked rice in a plate..
  • In a kadai , heat coconut oil and temper all the items given under “ To temper” in the same order..Then add the grated coconut ,salt and mix well.. Roast everything in a low flame till u get a nice aroma of dals and coconut.But roast the coconut without changing its color.
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  • Finally add the mixture to the cooked rice ,check for salt ..
  • Roast the cashews in a tsp of ghee and  add to the rice.Mix well.
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  • Serve !!

Note My MIL makes it in a slightly different method by soaking the urad dal for 1 hour and roast them till golden brown and proceed in the above mentioned way. I too follow this method sometime. But when i forget to soak the dal , i use the above method. Both of them tastes ‘very nice.Do try any based on ur liking and the preparation time Smile .. Please don’t skip adding ginger . It adds a nice flavour to the rice and it helps for digestion as well..

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  1. thats the handy lunch box Menu :) i have eye on the vadam !

  2. tempting clicks,the side dish are so coconut rice always,soaking urad dhall new to me ,shld try it.

  3. Wow! Looks so tasty! I have tried it once in Sagar Ratna Delhi and never forget its taste. Thanks for sharing , now I can made them at home.

  4. it's our family favorite rice :)

  5. loved the presentation,Chitra..yummy!!

  6. Looks amazing

  7. My Favorite one.. Looks lovely

  8. Looks really delicious,Chitra!! :)

  9. one of my fav rice..looks great and mouthwatering dish..nice presentation chitra..


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