Coconut Rice / Thengai Sadam

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 – 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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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.

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 :) looks yummy!

coconut rice in coconut bowls.. super cute!

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. :)

Kavi | Edible Entertainment

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

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

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 :)

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.

A fab, authentic presentation!!!! Perfectly cooked rice ;) I love this with a simple south style korma...or even on its own with some pachadi..
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

OMG,you made me crave for this now! Too good with peanuts in it! Lovely presentation and clicks :)

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

Lovely presentation and flavourful rice

hey wonderful recipee gr8 presentation!!!!

Very nice coconut rice!your pictures are too good!

wow superb dear....awesome presentation

looks delicious uma :)
gorgeous clicks.

Lovely presentation...looks delicious!

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

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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Nice Click on thengai sadam,my fav....

Awesome pics... and such a simple recipe

Beautiful favorite rice,yum

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


Nice rice...clicks are making me drool! :P

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

Love love this! beautifully shot and luks so yumm!

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 :)

Can i use ghee instead of coconut oil?

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

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