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Coconut Rice ( Thengai saadam )

Coconut is so much an integral part of cooking at my mom’s place. With 7 coconut trees, not a single day passed without coconut in our food. Kurma, poriyal, kozhambu all had coconut in it. With the surplus coconut we would make coconut oil and my dad always insisted that Dosais have to be drizzled wtih coconut oil. There area a number of dishes made with coconut that I absolutely love

  • * coconut milk ( thengai paal ) – the ultimate combo with aapam
  • * aviyal ( a to-die for blend of veggies in coconut milk
  • * amma’s mutton kurma ( mutton stew with coconut milk )
  • * thengai paal saadam – rice cooked in coconut milk and spices
  • * Illaneer ( water from the tender coconut )
  • * Coconut Chutneys
  • * Coconut barfi

Coconut rice ( Thengai saadam ) – JFI- Coconut

So obviously selecting a recipe for JFI was not easy. I chose coconut rice for JFI because it was the fall back recipe that my amma always did when she was short of ideas for the lunch box. I love this recipe for its simplicity too. Its ideal recipe to whip up quickly.

Heat a tablespoon of oil in a kadai or wok. Season with a teaspoon each of cumin, uraddal, channa dal, mustard and curry leaves. Once the mustard pops, add finely chopped 8 pearl onions ( or 1 medium sized onion ). Allow the onions to become soft and translucent. Saute for about 8 to 10 minutes. Add a cup of shredded coconut and continue to saute for 5 minutes. Switch off the stove and add two teaspoon of freshly ground black/white pepper. Add a cup to cup and half of cooked/cooled rice to the mixture. Enjoy with mint chutney.


January 7, 2007 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. very nice photo, revathi, brings out the look and feel of coconut rice as I know it!

    Comment by sra | January 8, 2007 | Reply

  2. Hi Revathi,

    Its looksyummy and good entry for JFI.Even my hubby likes coconut, i use to prepare same rice atleast 2 times in month…

    Comment by USHA | January 8, 2007 | Reply

  3. Hi Revathi

    I love Coconut rice and this used to be a regular recipe for my lunch box when I was working in India. Thanks for the recipe.

    Comment by Lakshmik | January 8, 2007 | Reply

  4. Hi Revathi,

    Wish you and your family a very Happy New Year!

    Coconut Saadam looks very inviting and the prawn curry brings back memories of home… That’s the way my mom makes it too…

    Comment by Chandrika | January 9, 2007 | Reply

  5. God…that makes my mouth water! yummy!

    Comment by jacob | January 9, 2007 | Reply

  6. Looks absolutely wonderful,very nice picture too.I am thrilled you are Revathi!:)

    Comment by Asha | January 10, 2007 | Reply

  7. I love almost everything that you have in the list, could you please please blog about Thengappal sadam? Loved the pic, thank you for the recipe.

    Comment by archana | January 11, 2007 | Reply

  8. Hi Revathi ,
    this looks so tempting.
    i love this .! picture is too good .
    thanks for sharing

    Comment by Pooja | January 11, 2007 | Reply

  9. Yes, simply yet delicious! And this pic is gorgeous!

    Comment by Gattina | January 11, 2007 | Reply

  10. Revathi, convey my thanks to ur mom!Love ur easy coconut rice..I have tried it like this.I am always relying on the coconut milk to add the flavor!This probabaly tastes crunchy, right?

    Comment by Mallugirl | January 12, 2007 | Reply

  11. Thanks SRA, Usha, Lakshmi, jacob, asha, pooja, gattina, mallugirl for your comments

    Chandrika thanks for the comments. I was very nostalgic too.

    Archana I will surely do it and post the recipe

    Comment by Revathi | January 12, 2007 | Reply

  12. How I’d love to taste this! Happy New Year, Revathi!


    Comment by Paz | January 12, 2007 | Reply

  13. Revathy thanks for visiting…
    Romba nalla dishes.Thengai sadam superb…adding onion is new to me.Hope you would post more on gramathu virunthu.I used watch and cook Paravai muniyamma’s recipes.After moving here to IL, i couldn’t get no Sun tv..hope to get recipes thru you…Thanks..

    Comment by Maheswari | January 12, 2007 | Reply

  14. Happy Pongal Revathi

    Comment by Vcuisine | January 13, 2007 | Reply

  15. Hey Revathy

    Coconut Rice looks very delicious.
    Here is another version which I like to pack for my kids lunch:

    Comment by Anonymous | February 6, 2007 | Reply

  16. Hi Revathi,
    You can add 2 tsp lemon juice to this along with cooking rice in diluted cocunut water. It makes it even more delicious…..

    Comment by avneet | May 23, 2007 | Reply

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