Kobbari Annam & Aloo Kurma – Coconut Rice & Potato Curry

Kobbari annam, aloo kurma and perugu pachadi (raita) ~ Our weekend meal

During weekends, I like to prepare elaborate or special meals. One of my best-loved meals is a coconut flavored aromatic rice with a creamy potato curry – Kobbari annam and Aloo kurma. The combination of flavors, the richness, sweetness and aroma makes the meal immensely flavorful and deeply satisfying. The fragrant coconut rice is rich and marginally sweet with green chillis adding a touch of spice. The creamy Aloo kurma is lightly spiced and a paste made of poppy seeds and coconut provides depth, texture and taste to the curry. A delectable combination that can be rustled up in under an hour!

Kobbari Annam ~ Coconut Rice

Kobbari Annam Recipe

Recipe source: Amma

Prep & Cooking: 30 mts

Serves 4-5 persons



2 cups raw rice

4 cups coconut milk

salt to taste

1/4 tsp turmeric pwd (optional)

8-9 garlic cloves, finely sliced OR 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste

4-5 slit green chillis

2 onions, finely sliced

1″ cinnamom stick (2 pieces)

2 cloves

2 elachis

1-2 bay leaf

1 tbsp ghee + 1/2 tbsp oil

1 Heat ghee and oil in a cooking vessel on medium heat, add the cinnamom stick, cloves, elachi and bay leaf and fry for a few seconds. Add sliced garlic and fry for half a minute. Add the green chillis and sliced onions and saute for 4 mts on medium heat.
2 Add turmeric pwd, salt and combine. Add the drained rice and fry it along with onions for a minute. Add 4 cups of coconut milk and bring to a boil.
3 Reduce heat and place lid and cook till rice is done.
4 Garnish with coriander leaves.

How to extract coconut milk: Grate a coconut, add 2 glasses of hot water and leave aside for 30 mts. Grind it to a fine paste. Place a muslin or thin cotton cloth on a vessel and pour this mixture onto the muslin cloth. The strained milk is called ‘first milk’ of coconut. Use your hand to squeeze out the milk from the residue. Add one more glass of water to the residue and run in the grinder for a mt. Strain on to muslin cloth. This second extract is called ‘second milk’ of coconut.

Alu Kurma ~ Potato Curry

Aloo Kurma Recipe

Source: Amma

Prep & Cooking: 30 mts

Serves: 4-5

Cuisine: Andhra



3 potatoes, washed, boiled, peeled and cubed

1 large onion, finely chopped

2 green chillis, slit length wise

2 tomatoes, quartered

10-12 fresh curry leaves

1 tsp ginger-garlic paste

pinch of turmeric pwd

1/2 tsp red chilli pwd (adjust)

1 tsp coriander pwd

salt to taste

1 tbsp coriander leaves

1/2 tbsp oil

Make a paste by adding little water:

2 tbsps grated fresh coconut

1 tbsp poppy seeds/khus-khus/ghasagasalu

1 Heat oil in a vessel, add the chopped onions, green chillis and curry leaves and saute for 4-5 mts or till the onions turn transparent.
2 Add ginger garlic paste and fry further for another 3 mts. Add the chilli pwd, turmeric pwd, coriander pwd and salt. Combine well.
3 Add the quartered tomatoes and boiled and cubed potatoes and cook on medium heat for 6-7 mts. Reduce heat, add the ground coconut-poppy seeds paste and combine. Cook for 3-4 mts.
4 Add a glass of water, adjust salt and cook covered till you get the desired gravy consistency.
5 Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve with hot rotis, coconut rice or any flavored rice.


Alternately, you could vegetables of your choice for a vegetable coconut flavored rice. Once the onions are fried, add the cubed vegetables and saute for 6-7 mts and follow the rest of the above procedure. Another option is to add 1 tsp ginger garlic paste in place of the sliced garlic.

Kobbari Annam & Aloo Kurma – Coconut Rice & Potato Curry

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 2

 Main Ingredients:

  •  coconut
  •   rice


65 thoughts on “Kobbari Annam & Aloo Kurma – Coconut Rice & Potato Curry

  1. lovely pictures…the combo sounds great…Can you send me the aloo kurma for the curry mela??..would love to have it..thanks

  2. This is so yummy. We had this for lunch today. It was awesome. Thank you so much for the lovely recipe.

    You have a lovely website here. Great work!



  3. That is an amazing combo, i must say the meal looks simply irresistible!
    And thanks for sharing the tips on coconut milk, coz unavailability of that in our neighbourhood hampers my enthusiasm to try out so many lovely south indian dishes….not any more ……yippieeee

  4. Thank you so much for ur support. i am a male bachelor and i iam cooking myself in my room. i am pursuing my mca. i have so much interest in cooking and your site is so helpful to me in preparing my daily food and also few varieties during weekends. pls send me ur tasty and wonderful dishes and give a chance to taste it. once again thank you so much. keep sending me mails.

  5. Hi, your picture reminded me of my mother’s weekend specials. Yummy, delicious looking korma.. just perfect…:-)

  6. Great meal for a lazy afternoon. I don’t think I’ve ever made coconut milk actually. Is it miles better than the tinned stuff?

    Its ‘light years’ better than the tinned stuff.:)

  7. Sailu, Delicious recipe. Thanks alot. I had a tough time making poppy seeds as smooth paste.. Do you have any tip for that?


  8. Hi There;

    This is my first comment and wanted to let you know I have just started my blog today. I have always enjoyed reading your blog and filled my kitchen with mouthwatering food using your recipes.
    I just needed some help since I am new to this stuff. Can I email you please.Thanks

  9. Hi Sailu,

    I want to make kurma today. I have a question that what variety is the Potato you used in your receipe? Because in USA so many varieties and different sizes of potatoes available. Its confusing to use which one i have to use? please clarify me.


  10. Sailu,

    The pictures look so good that I had to make Veggie Pulav and Aloo Kurma the same day and it turned out great. Amazing recipes and beautiful pictures !

  11. Hey Sailu…i often visit your blog..n even tried all ur non veg dishes..they turned out very yummy…act in this coconut rice ..the coconut milk is ready made from indian store we get rgt…cn we use that and if so it will be thick so the milk shld be watery kind naa…coz over adding the taste shld not chnage so want to clarify…

    If store bought then dilute with water, Sapna.

  12. Hi,

    Just amazing recipe and photographs….Looks Tempting….I have a few favourites from ur website…can i add them to my blog with a link t urs?


  13. Hi Sailu,

    Cooked this y’day for dinner, it was a super tasty !!
    This is a nice meal, also less time consuming.
    Thank you for the recipe.

  14. hi sailu i made this alu curry today and i added 1 capsicum to ur recipe. It turned out tasty.Had it with rotis. Great Going!!

  15. hi sailu

    thanks for the lovely aloo kurma recipe… i was searching for a good aloo kurma recipe for a long time n urs was a perfect match to the way my mother used to make it….both me n my husband and all my friends liked it a lot

  16. Sailu,

    We tried ur Aloo Kurma.both of us being working professionals always wanted to cook something quickly but at the same time should remind us of our home.This kurma worked out really very well for us.we will try out the other varieties in your site and will probably keep thanking you every day:)

  17. Sailu,

    Great Recipe… It came out soo tasty…
    Whenever i try to make thengappal sadam as we call in our house it turns out a failure…
    Loads of praises at last…

  18. Hi Sailu

    I tried this Kobbari annam yesterday and it came out wonderful. Thank you for this recipe. Everyone in my home liked it very much. Believe it or not we eat the rice without any curry or gravy to go with it. Also I had no time to prepare curries in the morning as we all have to leave home by 7am. I did not add onions as it is summer here in the middle east and the food tends to get spoilt very quickly and also coconut has a tendency to get the food spoilt quickly. Once again thank you for this wonderful and easy recipe. Wish to receive your response at least for one of my emails.

    Take care

  19. Hello Sailu,

    I am so impressed with your website which is so helpful and easy to make.

    Thank you so much for all your hardwork, time and your creativity. I really appreciate your efforts to bless people like me.

    I made this recipe for the first time and it came out exactly the way you mentioned. My husband who is an american and other american ladies enjoyed it very much and I have forwarded them the recipe as well.

    With much gratitude,

    Lizi (andhra ammai)

  20. Hi Sailu – I tried 4 cups of diluted store bought coconut milk in the kobbari annam recipe. Something about the texture of the rice was off. It got really dry, and gooey – would this need more than 4 cups water?

    I made this for a friend that was visiting, and she seemed to like it nevertheless!

    1. If its gooey, then less water would be required. If using Basmati rice, for 2 cups of rice, use 3 1/2 cups of water/coconut milk. For Sona Masuri or other varieties of rice, for 2 cups of rice use 4 cups of water/coconut milk. Soak rice for 15 mts prior to cooking. Hope this helps, Sirisha.

  21. Hi sailu, can I suggest one more additional ingredient for kobbari annam? Add 1 quartered tomato for each cup of rice.add the tomato at later stage so that it is not completely mashed but cooked enough.i add it after putting in the coconut milk….the tomato makes the dish more yummier….. ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Tried your Aloo Korma recipe today. Made a few changes. Added some whole gram masala before frying onions. I also had soaked Lima beans and didn’t know what to do with them. So boiled them separately and added to this dish with the boiled Alu. Turned out wonderful and upped the protein content of this dish… ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Tried your Aloo Korma recipe today. Made a few changes. Added some whole gram masala before frying onions. I also had soaked Lima beans and didn’t know what to do with them. So boiled them separately and added to this dish with the boiled Alu. Turned out wonderful and upped the protein content of this dish… ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Hi Sailu – I love your blog! Your recipes are exactly like my mom’s, except they are more detailed than “put a little elaichi”, which is how my mom explains it! I dont live in India now, so whenever I feel homesick I read your blog and feel nostalgic! Thanks for your great work!

  25. Sailugaru I am a big fan of yours, I call you Lord Annapoorneshwari’s avataram ๐Ÿ™‚ Every time I try a new recipe from your blog, I am so confident that it turns out well when I prepare it. Along with recipe, I love the quotes that mention on top. They are very motivating. Thanks to your contribution for a better society. May god bless you always

  26. Hi there….tried your the coconut rice recipe and it was fantastic!Only addition was that i added pandanus leaves while the rice was cooking and the aromas filled my house!Truly tasty…thanks for sharing

  27. I made this for dinner today..both was simple quick and really tasty..just added some fried cashew nuts to the rice and a bit more spice for the gravy..my family loved it..

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