Simple Coconut Rice

Today, I have a post from the past! 10 years back, I posted this coconut rice recipe. It was just under a year that I had started blogging and we had just landed in China.

Everything was new to us! I had lugged  almost all the groceries needed in the kitchen as I was warned that we do not get 90% of the Indian stuffs there.

Each visit to the mall’s grocery aisle would bring in new discoveries and this post was written after once such important discovery.

I am redoing this post from Dec 2008, for BM 85, Week 4,day2, with the theme redoing old posts .


Hubby dear is so much used to having coconut chutney with idli that the first time I prepared Rava iddli after coming to China,he felt the meal was not complete.Thus began the hunt for the coconut .The veggie section in the mall didn’t have coconut and our mandarin pronunciation of coconut sounded absurd to those people.We went looking for it in the local veggie market but still could not catch a glimpse of it.

The futile search continued till one day we struck upon an idea when we saw a packet of ‘Pure coconut juice’ with a picture of a coconut tree and a bunch coconuts below it.I took that packet to the girl standing nearby and indicated the coconut and told her I wanted to buy ‘that’.

She took me straight to the fruits section and this is what she showed me!

We had a good laugh because we had seen it so many times and thought it was some kind of fruit!For me it doesn’t even come near to the picture of coconut we are used to see in India with all that husk around it.Anyways,hubby dear is now getting his dose of coconut chutney .

The other day I got 2 coconuts and was tempted to prepare a simple coconut rice for lunch.I rarely prepare coconut rice-reasons not known even to me.But then I must have been too lazy or too hungry to cook anything else so I settled in for this.

You need:

Rice- 1/2 cup
Coconut,grated-1/4 cup
Red chillies – 3 ,broken into bits
Roasted peanuts- a few
Curry leaves a few
Mustard-1 teaspoon
Jeera -1/2 teaspoon
Urad dhal-1/2 teaspoon
Gram dhal-1/2 teaspoon
Coconut Oil-1 tablespoon
Salt to taste

Step by step method to prepare Coconut Rice Recipe

Cook the rice so that the grains are sepearate. You can also use left over rice.

Heat a pan with coconut oil. Add mustard, cumin, urad dal, gram dal, peanuts, curry leaves . Once the dal turns brown, add the grated coconut and red chilies.

Saute for a minute and add the cooked rice.Give it a mix and and add salt. Mix and cook on low flame for the flavors to blend.

Remove from heat and serve!


28 thoughts on “Simple Coconut Rice Recipe”

  1. looks so beautiful,now i know y after got married most of ladies likes to cook and spend time in kitchen since in there not only u can get delious food but also when finshed one dish will get a feeling of successful le.hehe

  2. Try it out Roopa,u will like it.

    Joy,u have found out the ‘little secret’ 😉

    Thanks Rekha,Kitchen flavors,Andra flavors.

    Yes Usha,doesn’t it look different!!

  3. Hey PJ,
    Same thig happened to me.. we are in Shanghai.. The rist time I did not recognise it.. But again a closer look it looked something similar to coconut as it had three eyes 😉 we decided to give it a try and brought it home. We were so happy when we realized that it was coconut.. Which part of China are you from?

  4. Thanks. I have a quick question.

    I have at least a gallon (yes almost 3 litres – one small cooker full of it) of coconut chutney. Got it from a restaurant.

    I like/love coconut chutney. But the whole chutney cannot be eated as is, it will go bad.

    Is there anything that I can make from it – like coconut rice, any curry or subzi.

    Please advise as soon as possible or it will go bad.

    Thanks in advance.

    you can reply at or post reply here. thanks.

  5. Hi Anon..U can mix a couple of teaspoons of chutney with plain yoghut/curd and it can go as dip with chips or as a raita with rice dishes like lemon flavoured rice or veg rice etc.If u are preparing any coconut based gravy/sabji/chutney you can add this along with the other ingredients…I am not sure if coconut rice prepared with this chutney will taste good.

  6. PJ, it is wonderful to read back on this old post!..I used to enjoy your adventures in china and still remember how you used to ping me saying you are waiting for your Dad to publish your post!..gosh girl so many years under the bridge!…this post surely is a nostalgic one!

  7. Very interesting to read our old posts, right? Brings back so many memories. It is always a challenge to find ethnic ingredients in remote places. Good one.

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