I am a fond of tamil cuisine. Idlis/dosas are my all time favorites. After marriage I moved to Matunga which is called mini Madras of Mumbai. In Matunga, there are many udipi restarunts who serves proper Tamil meals. There I tasted different varieties of rice, mainly lemon rice, tamrind rice, etc. Today I am sharing with the recipe of coconut rice. I hope you will like it.
2 cups Rice
1 cup fresh coconut (I use the frozen available in India Store)
2 Tablespoons vegetable Oil
4 red chillies – break into pieces
1 Tablespoon Cashew Nuts
1½ Teaspoon Channa Dal
1½ Teaspoon Urad Dal
1 Teaspoon Mustard Seeds
few fresh curry leaves
Salt as per taste
Few pinches of Asafoetida powder
Chopped cilantro to garnish
How to Make:
Wash the rice and cook it with salt in a rice cooker or a in a pan.
Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a pan and when add the mustard seeds. When they splutter, add chillies, chana
dal, urad dal and fry until the dals turn golden brown. Now add the cashew nuts,, curry leaves, little
salt, asafoetida powder and coconut. Fry the mixture gently on a low heat till the coconut turns red/
brown. Turn off the heat.
Mix the coconut mixture and chopped cilantro gently through the rice and serve it immediately.
While frying the coconut, stir it continuously on a low heat or it will burn.
You can serve the rice with any curry (vegetable /chicken/seafood). It tastes great with some pickle