Coconut Rice

Coconut rice is a rich savoury rice that converts an ordinary chicken or meat curry to a Sunday or special meal! Note that this is not a sweet rice but part of the main meal.

You need
2 cups rice - indian basmati preferred
1 cup coconut milk+2.75 cups of water
1 onion chopped
1 stick of cinnamon - about an inch
2 pods of garlic sliced
1 inch of fresh grated ginger
1 green chilli sliced
half a teaspoon rai or mustard seeds
I sprig of curry leaves - or about a dozen leaves
1 teaspoon haldi or turmeric
Salt to taste
Oil to fry


Fresh green coriander chopped
Slices of fried onion

  1. Wash rice thoroughly and drain.
  2. Pour oil into pressure cooker or pan, when heated add rai and when it stops popping, add the curry leaves.
  3. Add the onion, and fry until golden brown, add ginger and garlic and fry in a desultory fashion till the raw smell vanishes.
  4. Add green chilli, cinnamon and turmeric. Mix in quickly.
  5. Add the rice and stir will coated with the oil and fried masalas. Ensure all the water has dried up.
  6. Add the coconut milk and water. Add salt.
  7. Close the pressure cooker and allow it to heat up. Turn the gas to high. When a strong stream of steam comes out of the vent, put the weight on.
  8. When the cooker comes to full pressure with a strong prolonged hiss or whistle, turn it off and leave for a couple of minutes.
  9. When the pressure has dropped, open the cooker, and fork up gently.
  10. Sprinkle with green coriander and sliced fried onions and serve immediately.
Steps in a pan or dekchi
  1. Follow steps 1 to 6 above. You can increase the water by a quarter cup.
  2. Allow the water and milk to come to a good rolling boil, you should see tunnels in the rice. Close the pan with a tight lid.
  3. Turn the heat down, and allow to cook for 12 minutes.
  4. Turn off the heat, and allow to cool for a minute or two.
  5. Follow steps 9 - 10 above.
To be eaten with chicken curry, ball curry, or any other meat curry, Serve with papads, kachumber or raita, and mother-in-laws tongue.
you will need to retire for a siesta after this meal..