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Coconut Rice

May 21, 2013
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  • Serves 4-5 servings
Author Notes

I had mentioned the big 5 of the rice dishes in South Indian cuisine in another recipe (for mayer lemon rice), Coconut rice is one of them. Its very simple to cobble up but important to remember that you need really good quality shredded coconut. I usually like to add some toasted sesame into the mix for an additional crunch & nuttiness (although there exists a separate sesame rice dish as well) —Panfusine

What You'll Need
  • 1/2 cup Fresh shredded frozen coconut
  • 1/3 cup whole sesame seeds
  • 3 tablespoons ghee
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon split Urad dal
  • 1/4 cup broken cashewnuts
  • 2 cups cooked Basmati rice, fluffed up and grains separate
  • Salt to taste
  • Pinch of Asafetida powder (optional)
  1. Toast the Coconut until it turns a light golden color. transfer to a bowl to cool. In the same skillet, toast the sesame seeds until they begin popping all over the gas range (and turn a golden brown color in the process). Combine with the coconut and give it a light turn in the spice grinder making sure that the mix does NOT turn into a powder. Keep the Basmati rice fluffed up in a large mixing bowl. you may season with the salt at this point if you prefer.
  2. Heat the ghee in a large saute pan add the mustard and Urad dal, once the mustard sputters and the Dal turn red, add the cashewnuts and the curry leaves. Add the coconut/sesame mix along with the salt (if you've not added it to the rice) , lower heat and combine the ingredients.
  3. Add this coconut mixture to the basmati rice and gently fold in to combine taking care not to mush up the rice. Serve warm with a side of Lentil wafers (papad)

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7 Reviews

susan G. May 21, 2013
I've been waiting for you to post this -- so I can cook it!
Panfusine May 21, 2013
NOTE: I deliberately omitted the crumbled arbol chile that usually is added along with the mustard and the Urad, since the heat can really stand out in potent micro doses when the seeds or bits hit the tongue. For some reason, my ppersonal palate never took to the heat component when added to this dish. But if you prefer, go ahead add the arbol chile or a few cracked peppercorns.
Bevi May 21, 2013
This sounds delicious, Panfusine!
Panfusine May 21, 2013
Thanks Bevi!

Love this, Panfusine! I can't eat most nuts, but can eat pine nuts. Would that work here do you think? I know it wouldn't be as great as with the cashews, but I'd love to make this dish!
Panfusine May 21, 2013
You bet it would, pine nuts sound fantastic!, the cashew nuts are traditionally regarded as a garnish (most of the previous generation I know never had more than 5/6 pieces floating around in the rice since it was quite 'expensive'.. wd be lucky if you got even one in your share!
Good to know! Thanks so much. Wish I'd had some for dinner tonight :-)