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South Indian Coconut Rice | Thengai Sadam Recipe | How to Prepare Coconut Rice

south indian coconut rice

South Indian coconut rice, also known as, among others, thengai sadam, is a super-delicious rice dish. What makes it so tasty? Thanks to the coconut or thengai, which is the main item that makes this food mouth-watering. So if you need to prepare a light breakfast, yet that pleases the taste buds, then south Indian coconut rice is a superb choice.

Does the south Indian coconut rice have roots in tradition also? Yes, it is given as prasadam in some temples.

It helps to know how to prepare coconut rice also because it can be made within 5 minutes, if you have freshly cooked rice or leftover rice.

To prepare the south Indian coconut rice you do not need any special ingredients at all, except the cashew nuts. In addition to the coconut or thengai, which is the main item of the thengai sadam, almost all the other ingredients are those that you will typically use to prepare the seasoning.

A point on how to prepare coconut rice that needs extra attention is you have to use fresh coconut gratings.

coconut for south Indian coconut rice
Use the gratings of a coconut with a dark-brown shell, as such gratings make the thengai sadam tastier.

Should you want to use a side dish to relish this rice, then coconut chutney is a good choice.

Drinking a cup of fresh filter coffee after you savor the coconut rice would make the fine experience linger for a more time in your memory.

Servings: One

1. Cooked rice 1 cup (packed)
2. Fresh coconut gratings 1/4-1/2 cup
3. Oil 2-3 teaspoons
Mustard 1/4 teaspoon
5. Groundnuts 1/2 tablespoon
6. Channa dal 1 teaspoon
7. Urad dal 1 teaspoon
8. Cashew nuts 4-5
9. Hing / asafoetida 2 pinches
10. Cumin / jeera 1/4 teaspoon
11. Curry leaves 1 sprig

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12. Green chilies 1 or to taste
13. Red chili 1-2
14. Coriander leaves 3-4 sprigs finely chopped

How to Prepare Coconut Rice?

Heat oil till it becomes hot. filler photo
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2. Add mustard seeds. south indian coconut rice s2
3. Add groundnuts and chana dal when the mustard begin to splutter.

Fry for a minute.
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4. Add urad dal, cumin and cashews.

Fry till the cashews turn to golden brown.
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5. Break the red chilies and add.

Fry till the chilies change color.
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Add curry leaves, green chilies and hing.

Fry till the curry leaves become crisp.
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7. Add coconut gratings.

Fry till the coconut gratings turn to light golden brown.
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8. Add rice and salt.

Mix well till the rice become hot.

Switch-off the stove.

Garnish with coriander leaves.
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9. South Indian coconut rice /  thengai sadam is ready.

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TIPS South Indian Coconut Rice
1. Use quality rice and use the right quantity of water to cook the rice. These ensure the cooked grains will not be sticky.
2. Although lemon juice is not used to prepare the south Indian coconut rice, you can add a few drops of it if you like the rice to be little sour.

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