coconut milk rice – how to make coconut milk rice

coconut milk rice swasthis recipescoconut milk rice or coconut rice from coastal Andhra region – I got this recipe from my mum who belongs to the coastal regions of andhra where coconut is grown in abundance.
There are so many versions of coconut rice in south India that one can find them different from state to state. You can find a easy coconut rice recipe here with grated coconut which i shared earlier.
This coconut milk rice is fragrant with subtle aroma of coconut since fried coconut is also used. The addition of veggies is optional since we are so much used to them in any one pot meal i use. This way I ensure that we do not miss our daily quota of vegetables. This makes one of the best lunch box recipes for kids and working adults too.
This easy coconut milk rice doesn’t need any side dish, it tastes good on its own, just use enough green chilies to spice it up. To make your meal special, you can pair with any simple curry.

How to make coconut milk rice with step by step pictures

1. Wash and soak rice till your coconut milk gets ready.
2. Grind chopped coconut pieces or grated coconut with 1 cup water. Filter and extract the milk and add it to the left over 1 1/2 cup water. Set this aside. Alternately can use store bought milk.
3. Heat ghee in a pan, fry cashews, add little coconut fry until fragrant. Set aside. sauté all the spices and green chilli for a min.
saute spices for coconut milk rice
4. Add ginger paste.

fry ginger paste for coconut milk rice recipe5. Fry until it begins to smell good.

fragrant ginger for coconut rice recipe

6. Add veggies if using, and fry for a min or two.

frying veggies for coconut milk rice recipe

7. Pour the coconut milk (mixed with 1 ½ cup water). Add salt as well.

addition of milk for coconut milk rice recipe

6. When it comes to a boil, add the rice .

addition of rice for coconut milk rice recipe
7. Cook till the rice is done fully.

cooking rice for coconut milk rice recipe

8. You can cover and cook. If rice is under cooked, you can sprinkle little water and cook further. If cooking in a pressure cooker, close the lid when there is little water left. Cook on a low flame for 5 minutes and switch off. If using normal rice you can allow it to whistle. If using basmathi rice then, do not let it whistle.

pressure cook coconut milk rice

9. When the pressure goes off, open the lid and fluff up the rice.

fluffing up coconut milk rice
8. Once the rice is done, garnish with fried cashews and fried coconut. coconut milk rice is ready to serve

find coconut milk rice recipe below

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coconut milk rice - how to make coconut milk rice
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Fragrant basmathi rice cooked in coconut milk along with mild spices and vegetables. Star of this recipe, garnished with fried coconut and cashews
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Yield: 3
Ingredients (240 ml cup used)
  • 2 cups rice
  • 1 cup chopped coconut pieces (or store bought coconut milk )
  • 2 ½ cups Water (adjust as needed, you can use ¼ cup more)
  • 1 ½ ginger paste or crushed
  • 2 green chili slit
  • Fistful of chopped carrots
  • Fistful of frozen or fresh green peas
  • 2 tbsp. oil, Ghee or butter
  • Salt as needed
Spices or 1 sprig curry leaves and ½ tsp jeera
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 cardamoms
  • 6 cloves
  • 2 inch cinnamon stick
  • Few pepper corn
  • ½ tsp cumin / jeera
optional for garnish
  • Few cashews
  • Few tbsp. Grated coconut
  1. Wash and soak rice for at least 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. Keep aside one to 2 tbsp. Of scraped coconut. Blend chopped coconut pieces with 1 cup water. Filter to extract the coconut milk and Mix with the rest of the water. i.e. 1 ½ cup water. Store bought milk can also be used.
  3. Add ghee to a pan or pot, fry the grated coconut till it turns slightly brown. Add cashews and fry. Set these aside. This step is optional.
  4. To the same pan, add spices and fry till they turn fragrant. Add ginger paste and fry until it smells fragrant. Add slit green chili, chopped vegetables and fry to remove the raw smells. One to two minutes would be enough
  5. Add the coconut milk along with the water (if you haven’t mixed with 1 ½ cup water) and add salt
  6. When the coconut milk begins to boil, add rice and stir
  7. Cook till the rice is fully cooked. Cover and cook on a medium flame. Little water can be sprinkled if rice is still not cooked well.
  8. Garnish coconut milk rice with roasted coconut and cashews.
Adjust water to suit the quality of your rice.

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