Kerala Coconut Rice Recipe

4
40 minutes

Ingredients

Kerala coconut rice

  • 225g of basmati rice, soaked for 30 minutes in cold water
  • 450ml of water
  • 2 tbsp of coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp white urad dal
  • 1 tsp chana dal
  • 1 pinch of asafoetida
  • 10 curry leaves
  • 3 dried red chillies
  • 4 shallots, sliced
  • 1 green chilli, chopped
  • 100g of coconut, freshly grated
  • salt, to taste

Travencore vegetables

  • 4 asparagus spears, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 6 green beans, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 4 tbsp of peas

Method

1
To begin, cook the basmati rice. Bring the water to the boil in a pan and add a pinch of salt. Drain the soaked rice, add to the pan and top with a lid. Cook for 8–10 minutes, until tender (if you have not soaked the rice, it will take 10–12 minutes). Drain any excess water and set aside
  • 225g of basmati rice, soaked for 30 minutes in cold water
  • 450ml of water
2
Heat the coconut oil in a pan. Once the oil is hot, add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds, urad dal, chana dal and asafoetida. Leave to crackle for a few seconds, then add the curry leaves, dried red chillies and sliced shallots. Fry until lightly browned
  • 2 tbsp of coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp white urad dal
  • 1 tsp chana dal
  • 1 pinch of asafoetida
  • 10 curry leaves
  • 3 dried red chillies
  • 4 shallots, sliced
3
Bring a large pan of water to the boil with a pinch of salt. Add the vegetables and blanch until just tender. Drain and set aside
4
Add the green chillies and grated coconut and fry for 2–3 minutes until coconut is golden. Keep 1 tbsp of the toasted coconut to one side for garnish
  • 100g of coconut, freshly grated
  • 1 green chilli, chopped
5
Add the salt and cooked basmati rice and mix gently to ensure the grains are nicely intermingled with the rest of the ingredients. Gently stir through the blanched vegetables
  • salt, to taste
6
Serve garnished with the reserved toasted coconut