Friday, 9 August 2013

Coconut Milk Rice | Thengai Paal Sadam | Thengapal Sadam | Coconut Pulav

Coconut Pilaf using Coconut Milk



This is yet another winner recipe from my mom & which always makes me drool just thinking about the dish. It has been a favorite of my friends too, especially for many of whom who had not come across this variety rice before ! Rich in it's own way without much ghee or nuts & raisins & flavored with the Indian whole spices this one is a perfect one pot meal for me. Pair it up with a spicy chicken gravy, ahh bliss !! I have never tried a veg side dish for this one, but I feel dal tadka or any other dal recipe for that matter would be apt. So without much chattering, let's move on to the recipe :)



Recipe Source: Ma

I Took: 30 minutes

Serves: 2-3 persons


I Used:

Basmati Rice  - 1 cup
Thick Coconut Milk - 1 cup
Water - 1 cup
Onion - 1 no - big sized - sliced
Green Chilly - 3 no - slited
Garlic - 7-8 cloves
Cinnamon - An inch piece
Clove - 2 no
Cardamom - 2 no
Bay Leaf - 2-3 no
Oil - 1 tbsp
Ghee - 1 tbsp
Salt - As Needed

The Way:

  1. Rinse the basmati rice & soak in water for 10-15 minutes
  2. Extract the coconut milk from coconut if using fresh one. For this recipe I used ½ a medium sized coconut to extract the milk
  3. In a pan, add 1 tbsp oil & add the soaked rice (without the water) & fry very gently for about 2-3 minutes. Keep this aside
  4. Heat another pan or pressure cooker. Add 1 tbsp oil & 1 tbsp ghee. Add the whole spices - cinnamon, cardamom, cloves & bay leaf. When it starts to crackle add the green chillies & garlic
  5. Saute till the garlic gives out the flavor. Now add the onions & salt & saute till it becomes translucent. Keep the flame low & take care not to burn or change the color of the onion else it will be reflected in the rice
  6. Now add the rice. Give a gentle mix & add the coconut milk & water. Cover the vessel & cook till the rice is done. Or pressure cook it till done. Mine was done in 1 whistle
Serve with a dal or non-veg gravy of your choice :)

Notes:

  • I used India Gate Basmati Rice for this recipe
  • The rice:liquid ratio is 1:2. Hence used 1 cup coconut milk & 1 cup water. Alternately you can use 1 cup thick coconut milk & 1 cup thin coconut milk or 2 cups of thick coconut milk depending on how rich you want the rice to be
  • You can add 2-3 leaves of mint/pudina for an extra zing & aroma. But I have not added here
  • Garlic is added for easy digestion as the coconut milk & ghee here makes the rice a heavy dish. You may reduce the quantity of garlic if needed. The quantity mentioned in the recipe gives out a subtle flavor & aroma & does not make it too strong

Cheers,
Chitz

23 comments:

  1. This is one of my favorite recipe...tastes superb with chicken gravy. Thanks for sharing

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  2. My favorite dear, love coconut milk rice.... yours looks very tempting...

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  3. Looks very yummy and your clicks are also awesome....

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  4. My favor rice...........Looks great.!!!!!

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  5. Can imagine the flavor and taste of coconut milk in a rice .. I am actually drooling ...

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  6. Wow...lovely flavors it must have! :)

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  7. Coconut milk rice is looking yum.. Perfect clicks

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  8. I tried to make once but it was a disaster. Don't know what went wrong and my other half didn't like the taste at all. And now I see a recipe which I am going to try. I adore anything with coconuty flavors and I also see the spices added.

    Beautifully made and yum to the taste.

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  9. love this flavorful, rich and creamy rice...rice looks so perfect and inviting

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  10. I have always wanted to make this, maybe am going to over the weekend

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  11. Flavourful, delicious rice bowl.. Love the way you clicked your pictures..

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  12. Chitz I made it few weeks back with coconut milk for the first time.It was so good unlike my usual way of using grated coconut which stays separate from rice.

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  13. Oh I making this again. . I am in love with this rice.

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  14. Coconut milk rice looks delicious.

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  15. rice looks so tempting and your clicks are awesome too.

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  16. we too make the same way,best combo will be dry fish curry

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  17. Yumm, rice cooked in coconut milk, I won't even need a dal to down this :-)

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  18. rice cooked in coconut milk...wow that would be so much to side with good chicken curry too...nice idea

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