COCONUT RICE@ THENGAAI SAADHAM
I cant truthfully call this a guest post as the contributor is my better half. He has already done a post for me that happened to be my 100th post. Check out the recipe here. Sri is an awesome cook and excels in South Indian preparation. I adore his Sambhar and eagerly await weekends for him to take over. That said, I am sure this recipe as well will interest you all.
You might wonder whether this recipe deserves a space in the first instant. Some of my friends think that this is one of the easiest dishes to prepare and all it entails is mixing rice with coconut and garnishing it, yes, of course, with lots of cashews and peanuts.This is true, generally speaking.What I intend to write here are more refinements that could yield a finer version of the recipe that those who taste will ask what went on in the preparation.
While our South Indian homes have tasted this umpteen times through breakfast, lunches, dinner, special events, this is infact a simple and a toothsome recipe for anyone, irrespective of taste and choice.
Side dishes to this are manifold. The common one -- fried appalams or chips. Pickles are concomitant to this for many. I also recommend the Pineapple Gothsu to go with this, strongly !!
Now, trigger your appetite !!
Preparation Time: 20 min
Cooking Time: 10 min
Category: Main course
Spice level: Medium
Difficulty level: Medium
Cuisine: South Indian
|Amount Per Serving|
|% Daily Value *|
|Total Fat 22 g||33 %|
|Saturated Fat 13 g||66 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 4 g|
|Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g|
|Trans Fat 0 g|
|Cholesterol 0 mg||0 %|
|Sodium 202 mg||8 %|
|Potassium 36 mg||1 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 40 g||13 %|
|Dietary Fiber 3 g||12 %|
|Sugars 1 g|
|Protein 4 g||8 %|
|Vitamin A||4 %|
|Vitamin C||0 %|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
- 2 cups Basmathi or any long grained rice
- 3- 4 cups Grated coconut (Fresh)
- 1 -2 cups Grated cocunut (dessicated-dry) -- for those who can buy this. (NOT Copra)
- 3 tbsp Urad dhaal
- 2 tsp channa dhaal
- 2-3 black pepper corns
- 5-6 red chillies
- Sprinkle of asafoetida
- 8 cashew nuts
- a handful of peanuts
- 2 tbsp ghee
- 2 tbsp oil
- 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
- 2 sprigs Curry leaves
- Salt to taste
- Cook the basmathi/long grained rice to a pulao consistency. Set aside to cool.
- With little oil, raost urad dhaal, channa dhaal, pepper seeds and red chillies with a sprinkle of asafoetida, until golden brown. Set aside to cool and after a while, grind them to a coarse powder (some little unground flakes of dhaal are okay. Do not bother to fine grind them. The chunky texture is really great)
- With little ghee, roast the cashews and peanuts. Set aside.
- With little ghee, give a few seconds' quick roast to the grated coconut (fresh or dessicated or both). Set aside.
- With little oil, let the mustard seeds sputter and to it, add a couple of red chillies (whole), curry leaves and some urad dhaal (for garnishing).
- In an empty large bowl, add the roasted nuts.
- Then, add the above mustard garnish mix.
- Add some rice and mix. In parts, add the grated coconut. Mix well, but without pressure, like a pulao.
- Repeat this with rice and grated coconut alternating, until you are finished with the ingredients.
- Close it (even when warm) and set aside.
- After a few minutes, some moisture would have condensed inside. Mix again. This ensures an even spread of aroma as well a little likable moisture instead of being too dry. Don't worry, it won't be soggy.
- The addition of desiccated (dry) coconut enhances the aroma and taste largely.
- If you find the addition of coconut too dry, you can sprinkle some water.
- For those, who make a large quantity, you can, by all means, store in the fridge and re heat in the microwave later/next day. Your kitchen will fill in coconut aroma. That confirms, you prepared it the way it should be. But, do not wait for this. ;-) Eat fresh !! and yes, with the Pineapple Gothsu.
- Now that I cannot resist this as I am writing, I am stopping here. My appetite is triggered !!