Wish I could do a 4 1/2 star....because it's so very near a 5. I am a big Madhur Jaffrey fan, and have the World of the East cookbook, it's fantastic. As far as I can tell this is exactly as written in the book. The flavours here are fantastic and it's very easy to prepare. I found adding the 1 1/2 cups of water made it a little too soupy for my liking, so next time I'd scale that back. I might also reduce the amount of sugar, maybe 1 tsp....and it really takes closer to 30 minutes to cook,not 45, so it's pretty quick....would work well for a weeknight meal. I didn't have fresh coconut available, used some dried ribbon grated and it worked really well. I think the bigger pieces of coconut might be nicer than the really fine sort you find in the grocery store. Thanks for sharing, this makes a lovely side dish!