Coconut Rice | Thengai Sadham

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Coconut Rice / Thengai Sadham is a popular South Indian variety rice made with fresh grated coconut and tempered with flavorful spices and mixed with cooked rice and served with South Indian curry (poriyal) or papad varieties. It is made commonly in South Indian homes and popular lunch menu in Indian restaurants. It is a quick and easy lunch box recipe and tastes great with left over rice as well. Come, let’s see how to make this perfect and tasty recipe at home with easy method and step by step pictures.


Category: Vegan

Cuisine: South Indian

Preparation time: 2 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Serves: 2


  1. Cooked Rice- 1.5 cups
  2. Green chilli- 4
  3. Salt- as required
  4. Grated coconut- 1/2 cup
  5. Coconut oil- 1 tsp

To temper 

  1. Oil- 1 tbsp
  2. Mustard- 1 tsp
  3. Urad dal- 1 tsp
  4. Channa dal- 1 tsp
  5. Cashew nuts- 2 tbsp
  6. Curry leaves- 1 sprig
  7. Red chilli- 2
  8. Asafoetida- 2 pinches


1. Preparation: Cook rice, cool down completely and separate the grains. Click here to see how to cook basmati rice to perfection.

This recipe can also be made with left over rice.

2. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds and allow to crackle. Add urad dal, chana dal and red chillies.

3. When the dal turns golden, add cashew nuts and saute till the cashew nuts turn golden brown. Add curry leaves, asafoetida and green chillies. Add grated coconut and salt and mix well.

4. Roast the coconut in medium flame until golden. Add the cooked basmati rice and mix well.

5. Finally drizzle coconut oil and mix. Serve hot with any curry or poriyal, or papad. Delicious, tasty and easy coconut rice is ready to eat.


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