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Coconut Rice|Quick and Easy South Indian Rice Recipe
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Coconut Rice (Thengai Sadam)

One of South Indian's favorite rice dishes that is made often for quick lunch or lunch box.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Keyword coconut recipes, coconut rice, easy coconut rice, healthy, under 30 minutes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 701kcal
Author Bhavana Patil


  • Measuring cup used 1 cup = 250ml
  • 1.5 cup cooked rice (any kind of rice)
  • ½ cup grated coconut (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 green chillies slit lengthwise
  • 1 broken red chillies optional
  • 1 teaspoon chopped ginger
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cumin (jeera) seeds
  • 1 teaspoon chana dal
  • 1 teaspoon split urad dal
  • a few curry leaves
  • a few cashew nuts or peanuts
  • a pinch asafoetida(hing) (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil ghee or any oil
  • salt as needed


  • Heat 1 tbsp of oil/ghee in a kadai. Add mustard, cumin seeds,dals,red chilli,hing saute for 1 minute till dals turn light brown.
  • Add curry leaves,green chilli ,ginger and cashewnut.Saute for another 1 minute.
  • Then add fresh grated coconut,salt & saute it for 1-2 minutes.
  • Once cooked, add cooked rice and salt,mix well and turn off the flame
  • Coconut Rice is Ready & serve hot with raita.


  1. I have prepared this dish using fresh grated coconut but you can also use frozen shredded coconut.Just thaw before using.
  2. You can increase or decrease grated coconut for this recipe according to your preference and liking.
  3. You can replace peanuts with cashews in this recipe.
  4. For gluten free coconut rice skip asafetida.
Note:Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.


Calories: 701kcal | Carbohydrates: 92g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Sodium: 688mg | Potassium: 434mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 215IU | Vitamin C: 36.4mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 3.8mg