Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 35 mins

We love this rice dish, but you must promise me not to lift the lid as it cooks (I know the disasterous results of that) or read the nutritional panel. A bit high in cals, but worth it occasionally!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Wash rice and drain thoroughly.
  2. Heat the ghee in a large, heavy based saucepan.
  3. Add the onion, and fry until it begins to turn golden brown.
  4. Add the cloves peppercorns, cardamon pods, turmeric, salt, curry leaves and lemon grass.
  5. Add the rice and fry, stirring continuously for 2-3 minutes, until the rice is well coated with ghee and turmeric, Add the cocnut milk and bring to the boil.
  6. Lower heat, cover and cook for 20-25 minutes without lifting the lid.
  7. When the rice is cooked, the spices will have risen to the top.
  8. Remove spices and leaves used for flavouring and fluff the rice up with a fork Serve hot as part of an indian or Sri Lankan style meal.
Most Helpful

This was absolutely fantastic! What a great dish. I used reduced fat coconut milk and reduced the servings down to two. I followed the instructions and didn't peek at all. It turned out well cooked and deliciously creamy. I also used ground cardomon instead of pods with no problems. This has a lovely creamy spiced flavour. I served it as part of an Indian meal along with Crockpot Chicken Vindaloo #24139 and Lhassi #22405, but this rice was the star of the meal! Thanks for a new favourite Jan!

dale! July 29, 2002

Delicious! I cut it down for two also, and used ground black pepper, so didn't have the problem others had with the peppercorns not rising to the top. Great with some grilled salmon. Thanks, Jan, for this keeper!

Outta Here June 12, 2011

Rich and delicious! The curry leaves add a wonderful counterbalance to the coconut's sweetness. I found that the peppercorns did not raise to the top and were a bit troublesome to remove. I suggest tying the spices in a cheesecloth bag as for a bouquet garni to make their removal easier. I used black cardoman pods and I think that green ones would have been better.

Guy T October 23, 2002