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Delicate & Fragrant Coconut Rice

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Delicate & Fragrant Coconut Rice

Beautifully packaged by Nature, coconut is a wonder food indeed. In Southern India, coconut is routinely picked off trees and used for preparing some exquisite dishes, the most popular among them being coconut chutney, best enjoyed with rice pancakes.

But here’s one of my favorite ways to cook with coconuts. To me, few dishes rival fresh coconut meat paired with good quality basmati rice and served piping hot. This is truly a delicacy, which you can cook easily and quickly. Do try it at home:

Coconut Rice

  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1 tsp ghee + 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 cardamom pod, crushed, skin discarded
  • 1 cup coconut meat, grated
  • Salt to your taste
  • 2 cups water

1. Heat the ghee and the oil together in a pan.

2. Add the cinnamon stick and crushed cardamom seeds; let sizzle for a few seconds.

3. Put in the grated coconut, and stir thoroughly.

4. Cook on low heat until the coconut begins to brown and gives off a delicate aroma.

5. In another pan, cook the rice and water together. When the water comes to a boil, lower the flame, cover the pan, and cook until the rice is soft and done.

6. Gently mix the cooked coconut with the rice while itís still warm, and enjoy it either on its own or with a spicy stew/lentils.


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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).


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9:25AM PDT on Mar 23, 2013


5:58AM PST on Mar 5, 2013

Thank you Shubhra, for Sharing this!

4:34AM PST on Mar 4, 2013

I have also added coconut milk instead of water and fresh coconut with brown rice . Its great and has a healther twish .

6:34AM PST on Mar 1, 2013

sounds great.

7:54PM PST on Feb 28, 2013


9:17AM PST on Feb 28, 2013

Thank you

7:47AM PST on Feb 28, 2013

This sounds delicious! Thanks!

6:58AM PST on Feb 28, 2013

A coconut grater is a great tool to have.

6:57AM PST on Feb 28, 2013

yummy thanks

1:41AM PST on Jan 17, 2013

Thank you :)

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