September 20, 2009

Thengai paal saadam (coconut milk rice)

Posted in Indian Lunch, Variety Rice at 9:35 am by kalpana


  1. Rice – 2 1/2 cups
  2. Green Chillies – 4 to 5
  3. Onion -1
  4. Ginger garlic paste -1 tablespoon
  5. Cinnamon stick – 1
  6. Cloves – 5
  7. Bayleaf -1
  8. Cilantro – a bunch
  9. Fresh coconut milk – 4 cups + 1 cup water.
  10. Salt to taste.



  • Heat oil in a pan.Add the cloves,bayleaf,cinnamon stick anf fry for few seconds.
  • Add the finely chopped onion, chopped green chilles,ginger-garlic paste,pinch of salt  and saute for few minutes.
  • Add half of cilantro and fry for a minute.
  • When the raw smell is gone, transfer the contents to the electric rice cooker.
  • Add the rice,coconut milk,water ,salt,rest of cilantro and mix everything well.
  • Cook the coconut rice as you would the plain white rice.This method is easy than the pressure cooker method.This way you need not worry about rice getting mushy.

Note : serve this rice with simple potato fry or colocasia fry or mild chicken gravy.Any spicy korma or gravy will overpower this dish and you may not thoroughly enjoy coconut flavor.



  1. Homecooked said,

    Looks yummy Kalpana! I have never made rice with coconut milk. Will try this out.

  2. kalpana said,

    Thanks homecooked.plz lemme know how it turned out 🙂

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