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Thengai Sadam ~ Grated Coconut Rice

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Coconut usage in our kitchen is pretty moderate inspite of growing 8 coconut trees in our garden. A large percentage of tender coconuts are devoured by us for coconut water, few mature ones find place in our kitchen, few sent to relatives and friends (especially during Dasara and Karthika Masam) while the remaining are sun dried to extract coconut oil.

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Coconut trees surrounding our home ~ Home grown coconuts

The sun-drying part is labor-intensive but thanks to my ‘Man Friday’ (errand man, driver, malli, home maintenance help, cricket/carrom board/board games etc partner to Nehal) who does it, including peeling the coconuts as and when required. My maid helps with grating the coconuts using a traditional coconut grater. God bless them! The peeled husk find place in my maid’s kitchen to heat up her mud stove.

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Thengai Sadam ~ Coconut Rice

Today, I prepared South Indian style coconut rice for lunch. It was quick to prepare and I had time to attend few odd jobs before Nehal returned home from school.

Thengai Sadam Rice

Prep & Cooking: 30 mts

Serves 4-5 persons

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Ingredients:

2 cups raw rice, wash, cook such that each grain is separate

10-12 fresh curry leaves

1 cup grated fresh coconut

salt to taste

For poppu/tadka/seasoning:

1 tbsp coconut oil OR 1/2 tbsp oil+ 1/2 tbsp ghee

1 tbsp channa dal

1 tsp urad dal

1 1/2 tbsps broken cashew nuts

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

3/4 tsp cumin seeds

1/4 tsp asafoetida

3-4 green chillis, slit lengthwise

1 dry red chilli, tear and de-seed (optional)

7-8 fresh curry leaves

1 Spread the cooked rice on a wide plate and allow to cool. Season with salt and add fresh curry leaves. Keep aside.
2 Heat coconut oil OR oil+ghee in a vessel, add mustard seeds and as they jump around, add the cumin seeds, urad dal, channa dal and cashewnuts allow them to turn red. Add the red chilli, green chillis, curry leaves and asafoetida and roast for a few secs. Add grated coconut and combine and saute for 2-3 mts on low flame. Turn off heat.
3 Add the seasoning to the rice and combine well.
4 Serve hot with any curry of your choice or with just pickle and appadam.

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Thengai Sadam ~ Grated Coconut Rice Recipe

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Yield: 4
Main Ingredients: coconut rice

Coconut usage in our kitchen is pretty moderate inspite of growing 8 coconut trees in our garden. A large percentage of tender coconuts are devoured by us for coconut water, few mature ones find place in our kitchen, few sent to relatives and friends (especially during Dasara and Karthika Masam) while the remaining are sun dried to extract coconut oil.

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By • Nov 11th, 2009 • Category: All Recipes, Indian Rice recipes, Indian Vegan Recipes, Indian Vegetarian Recipes, South Indian Recipes

  • srilakshmi

    One of my fav’s..but donno till date how to prepare that..thanks a lot sailu and will surely prepare this right away and will let you know how it came up.

    and btw can we add some Nuvvulu to this..?

    Love,
    Srilakshmi

    Avoid til for this recipe.

    • lakhi

      I tried coconut rice many times but this is really cool

  • http://alaivani.com Jennifer

    Wow fantastic, Sailu. Love the added cashews. Hubby would eat coconut rice with cashews! Thanks for the tip!

  • http://salt2taste.blogspot.com Hema

    Its a very healthy dish esp for the kids. But elders with BP and cholestrol can avoid this because of coconut. But I guess it wouldnt hurt once in a while. Love the pic!

  • http://asha-oceanichope.blogspot.com/ AshaLatha R.K.Prasad

    Very simple & yum… Lovely pics too…

    Ash…
    (http://asha-oceanichope.blogspot.com)

  • swapna

    hi sailaja,
    photos superb ga vunnayi. meeru mee inti garden gurinchi cheppinappudu naaku okkasari mee illu antha chudalanipisthundhi….antha baaga raaastharu meeru.
    keep it up.

    regards
    swapna

  • http://zaiqa.net Mona

    Saiala, even we had a few coconut trees growing in our house back in India. Eveny once in a few days we had a coconut party kind of thing going on when the ripe coconuts were harvested.
    Memories!

  • http://mydiversekitchen.blogspot.com Aparna

    I come from coconut country, so to speak, so coconut is everywhere in our cooking even though I use very little in comparison.
    This is one of our favourites.

  • http://arundati.wordpress.com arundati

    looks fab… i’ve made this too… have yet to post!! love the pics of the coconut trees…

  • http://myspicykitchen.wordpress.com usha

    looks delicious….

  • KS

    Hi, I have a great time reading and trying your recipes. You don’t know how much I appreciate the time and effor you put in. This is one of my favourite “mixed rice”. Try using Basmati rice for this recipe. The flavour is out of the world!

  • Madhuri

    OMG , it looks so yummy ! Its lunch time and i want to eat it NOW :-(

  • http://spicylounge.blogspot.com/ Daisyblue

    I love coconut rice and I make this way too!
    Nice blog

  • http://arundati.wordpress.com arundati

    havent been able to leave a comment last couple of posts… the gateway times out…. love the pictures… thengai sadam with potato kurma is a fave…

  • http://cilantro-cilantro.blogspot.com/ Cilantro

    Nothing to beat the fresh grated coconuts. We get the frozen ones here. We make the Thengai Sadam the same way too.

  • kiran

    hi sailu,

    this is exactly the same recipe that my mom follows. it
    is the favourite of our family.
    i would like to add one little ingredient though.
    that is my mom adds lemon juice to this so that it does not
    completely taste bland.

  • http://www.divya-dilse.blogspot.com Divya Vikram

    Quick fix and gorgeous looking rice.

  • Veerla S

    Hi Sailu,

    Glad to say I’m also Sailu and I love your site since I learnt a lot from your site.Pls can you let me know how to make palathalikalu.

    Nice Website.well designed..

    Keep it up.

    Cheers
    Sailu

  • Shubha

    Hi Sailu,
    Prepared Coconut Rice and took it for lunch to office last week. Heated it in microwave just before eating…..Tasted lovely with some chicken sukka……… Planning to make it again this weekend with your nilgiris chicken korma receipe………..

  • Poornima

    Hi Sailu,

    Got married recently and your site has been quite a blessing. I tried this cocunut rice and it turned out to be really yummo.

    Have bookmarked quite a few recipes to try out over the next few days.

    You have a wonderful website ,well updated and organized.

  • Sangeetha

    Hi Sailu,

    I tried this recipe and it came out very well. Got much appreciation. Thanks a lot for posting such great recipe.

  • Rohini

    Hello Ms. Sailaja,

    I have tried several of your recipes including this one and they have all come out quite well. My husband in particular loves this dish and I am posting this long due appreciation for your culinary skills. Cheers and keep it up! :)

  • SHOBAN BABU

    NICE ITEM.I ENJOYED IT VERY MUCH.TAN Q VERY MUCH.

  • http://www.cricindian.com Teesra

    Looks yummy, gotta prepare this sometime and see how it tastes. Thanks for posting.

  • Vasanta

    Hello Sailaja garu,

    I have made this many times and it always come out nice. Recently I have taken this to an international potluck lunch at my children’s vioin lessons and it was an instant hit with the teenagers there. Now you have a lot of fans in that age group also.

    Thanks for coming with recipes that are tasty and very doable. Continue to be creative and authentic.

    Best,
    Vasanta

  • Vasanta

    Hello Sailaja garu,

    I have made this many times and it always come out nice. Recently I have taken this to an international potluck lunch at my children’s vioin lessons and it was an instant hit with the teenagers there. Now you have a lot of fans in that age group also.

    Thanks for coming with recipes that are tasty and very doable. Continue to be creative and authentic.

    Best,
    Vasanta