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Lovely with curries, particularly sea-food, this rice dish from Tamil Nadu is seasoned with lightly roasted coconut, cilantro, curry leaves, dried red chillies, and mustard seeds. It also contains a small amount of chana dal and urad dal, which, when roasted, provide a nutty taste and texture. If you cannot obtain fresh coconut, soak 1 1/4 cups of unsweetened, desiccated coconut in warm water (to barely cover) for 1 hour then drain and squeeze dry.
- 2 cups basmati rice
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil (or vegetable oil)
- 6 dried red chilies, torn into 1/2-inch pieces
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons channa dal
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons Urad Dal
- 1 teaspoon brown mustard seeds
- 15 fresh curry leaves
- 1 teaspoon salt (more or less, to taste)
- 1⁄4 teaspoon asafetida powder
- 1 3⁄4 cups freshly grated coconut
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
- Wash the rice well and cook until tender in a rice cooker or by the absorption method.
- While the rice is cooking, heat 3 tablespoons oil in a medium-sized pan or skillet, and when hot add the chillies, chana dal, urad dal and mustard seeds. Stir and fry until the chillies darken and the dals turn golden brown.
- Add the curry leaves, salt, asafetida and coconut, and stir and fry for a minute or two before reducing heat.
- Gently cook the coconut mixture until the coconut turns a toasted reddish-brown and becomes quite crisp. It burns easily, so don't take your eyes off it for a second, and keep the coconut moving by stirring and tossing constantly.
- As soon as the coconut is the right colour and texture, turn off the heat. If the rice is not ready, transfer the coconut mixture to a bowl, so that it doesn't continue browning in the hot pan.
- Mix the coconut mixture gently through the hot, cooked rice, then stir through the chopped cilantro and serve immediately.
Loved this recipe. Easy to follow. Served with South Indian vegetable korma and Paratha. It was great.
My family liked it !! It was quite tasty....I had never tried coconut rice earlier but this first time experiment came out to be GOOD !!
tastes great with fish curry, and vegetables served on a banana leaf.