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Coconut Rice / Thengai Sadam

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Coconut rice is the one which I prepare very often as it is very simple except the time taking for grating the coconut. When I see fresh, tasty coconuts immediately my mind will think about making some coconut burfi or this rice. During my school days, We used to get a bag of coconut from our fields and My mom used to make many dishes using it among which coconut rice and coconut burfi are my favorite.

I usually prepare this coconut rice (thengai sadam) in 3 different ways but I have blogged one of them here and have given the notes for other two methods. Now enjoy the recipe!

Recipe Video:

Basic Information:
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes (30-40 minutes including to cook rice)
Serves: 3



Cooked Rice – 2 cups

Grated Coconut – 1 cup/half small shell

Oil – 2 teaspoons

Mustard seeds โ€“ 1/2 teaspoon

Urad dal – 1/2 teaspoon

Channa dal – 1 teaspoon

Roasted unsalted peanuts – 1 tablespoon

Dry red chilli –  2

Green chilli – 2, slit

Curry leaves – 1 sprig

Salt – to taste

Asafoetida – a pinch

Coriander leaves – for garnishing


1) Take a pan and heat oil in it. When it is hot and not smoking, add mustard seeds.

2) Add urad dal and channa dal.


3) Add roasted peanuts and saute till it becomes golden brown.


4) Add green chilli, dry red chilli and curry leaves. Saute for a minute. Add asafoetida and salt.


5) Add grated coconut and fry for few minutes. Make sure the coconut is moist while doing it.


6) Reduce the flame to low or turn off the stove. Add rice. Mix well till the rice gets warm.



7) Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.



1) Instead of peanuts, you can also add cashew nuts.

2) If you are using freshly cooked rice, then spread over the wide plate  to cool and then add to the fried coconut.

3) For rich taste, cook 1.5 cup rice with 1 cup of coconut milk and 2 cups of water.

4) Mix grated coconut with cooked rice and add only the seasoning.  This is another easy method.

5) Use coconut oil for seasoning to get nice flavor.

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Christy gerald

Woww!,Super inviting Coconut Rice.My fav Variety Rice.I can finish that full bowl with potato or chicken masala.Hassle-free and droolworthy recipe Dear.Luv it.

Nalini's Kitchen

My fav.rice,looks super delicious and luv the clicks.


My daughter loves anything coconut and this rice is sure make her happy.Loved your presentation too.


very nice idea to present it in the coconut shell ๐Ÿ™‚ looks yummy!


coconut rice in coconut bowls.. super cute!

Sangeetha M

my fav too…well presented …i too thought to present my coconut rice in the shell but couldn't get nice pic yours looks so beautiful!!


Super awesome pictures!! They look so delicious! Do link it to my Ongoing event: Healthy Lunch Challenge if possible. ๐Ÿ™‚

Kavi | Edible Entertainment


Hmm! delicious and healthy. Love it.wonderful clicks…

Reshmi Mahesh

A delicious rice….Lovely presentation dear..


super inviting rice in the traditional way?? your presentation always..Yummy!!
You can link this to my event Ongoing Event -Christmas Delicacy (15 Nov-31 Dec 2011)
Erivum Puliyum


delicious rice and presentation wonderful flavours

Sensible Vegetarian

Uma, I make this quite often with rice and quinoa and only today I knew this can look so pretty, awesome clicks. Looks fantastic.


looks so delicious and tempting clicks ……..


hi uma, we do have a recipe by the same name if translated to english, but our ingredients are totally different ha ha.. yours look cool and yummy


Greattt presentation and coconut rice looks superb ๐Ÿ™‚

Sayantani Mahapatra Mudi

thats my fav too. the temple near our home in Bangalore used to offer this as prasad and we went there almost every evening to have a fistful of this heavenly rice.


Super delicious rice. I've all the ingredients right now. I will definitely try this today. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe. Yumm!


Love coconut rice delicious.Nice clicks.

Prathima Rao

A fab, authentic presentation!!!! Perfectly cooked rice ๐Ÿ˜‰ I love this with a simple south style korma…or even on its own with some pachadi..
Prathima Rao
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very inviting coconut rice..


OMG,you made me crave for this now! Too good with peanuts in it! Lovely presentation and clicks ๐Ÿ™‚

Menaga Sathia

one of my fav one pot meal..nice clicks!!


Lovely presentation and flavourful rice

Biny's Recipes

hey wonderful recipee gr8 presentation!!!!

jaya's recipes

Very nice coconut rice!your pictures are too good!


wow superb dear….awesome presentation

Aruna Manikandan

looks delicious uma ๐Ÿ™‚
gorgeous clicks.

Sushma Mallya

Lovely presentation…looks delicious!

Priya Suresh

Would love to have this simply topped with crushed papads,my fav anytime..

Kaveri Venkatesh

Lovely presentation…Coconut rice is my daughter's favorite and she takes it in her lunch box at least once every week.

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Priya dharshini

Nice Click on thengai sadam,my fav….


Awesome pics… and such a simple recipe

Suja Manoj

Beautiful favorite rice,yum

Manju @ Manjus Eating Delights

That's looks so beautiful….. Would love to eat that.



Nice rice…clicks are making me drool! ๐Ÿ˜›


wow..this looks awesome…i want it now..Nice clicks

Sarah Naveen

Love love this! beautifully shot and luks so yumm!

Sobha Shyam

yummy coconut rice, i too make this..wonderful clicks dear..!!


Delicious, flavourful and yummy coconut rice.


Very beautiful presentation Uma..Love this rice anytime


beautiful clicks and presentation dear..yummy yummy coconut rice..


OMG those clicks are gorgeous and that rice too ๐Ÿ™‚


Can i use ghee instead of coconut oil?


@Anonymous, You can use ghee instead of Coconut oil. Using ghree/coconut oil gives nice flavour.