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Coconut Rice (Thengai Sadam)

Coconut_Rice_Thengai_Sadam_1 Coconut Rice is a traditional dish of south India and comes in the group of variety rice. It is cooked with grated coconut and with some spices. Among all the variety rice, I feel this can be called as the king of variety rice for its rich taste. Some people use dried coconut (copra/kopra) but fresh coconut gives a better taste with some nuts.

Coconut rice is also prepared on special occasions and during some festivals. It is also a preferred dish of children for lunch box.

Some of the other variety rice are: Brinji Rice, Capsicum Rice, Chitranna, Jeera Rice, Paruppu Sadam, Tomato Rice, Vangi Bath (Kathrikai Sadam), Vegetable Pulao.

Serves: 4 to 5

Cooking time: 15 minutes


  • Cooked rice – 4 cups
  • Grated coconut – 2 cups
  • Chopped onion – 1 (optional)
  • Red chilli – 2 no
  • Green chilli chopped – 2 no
  • Bengal gram – 1 tea spoon
  • Urad dal – ½ tea spoon
  • Mustared – ½ tea spoon
  • Ginger chopped – ½ tea spoon
  • Cashewnut – few (optional)
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Asafetida – generous pinch
  • Salt – as per taste
  • Sesame oil/any oil – 2 tea spoon

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  • Cook rice making sure the grains are loose and separated (not sticky); if not add few drops of oil, toss it, keep for 5 minutes and then use.
  • Heat a pan with oil, add mustard and let it splutter well; add urad dal, bengal gram, cashew nut, red chilli, asafetida fry and for few seconds; add green chilli, ginger, curry leaves and fry for few secods; now add onion, salt and fry for few minutes till onion is fried to golden colour; now add grated coconut and fry for few minutes; switch of gas, add cooked rice and mix well.

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  • Serve Coconut Rice with any vegetable kootu and fried papad.



If you desire, you can add some peanuts in this.

rice This post is part of the event “EFM Theme – Variety Rice Series” hosted by SriLekha of Me and My Kitchen.

{ 4 comments… add one }

  • Sushma Mallya November 16, 2009, 12:23 pm

    Nice recipe…i do coconut rice in a different way but urs looks very delicious too…will surely try ur version also …

  • Rohini November 16, 2009, 1:16 pm

    Different method to me, I dont add onions.. Surely delicious, will try next time :)

  • Malar Gandhi November 16, 2009, 7:34 pm

    Thengai saadham, is simply very aromatic my friend and the pictures look perfect:)

  • Vanishree Venugopal May 6, 2010, 7:53 pm

    i love thengai sadam…favourite meal at my house…not made with onions so far..let me try with onions tomorrow…will let u knw.

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