Coconut milk rice

This is one of my favorite rice dishes. It’s actually been one since a child. I first had this at my then neighbor’s house in Bangalore.  Ever since I have fallen in love with this rice dish and mom or I have never been able recreate that taste like the Aunt in the neighbor did. Yet here’s something very close though.


I don’t know for some reason I have never made this ever since I started to blog. Well better late than never; here I am with rice dish that is so moist, delicious, full of wonderful flavors of the whole spices and moreish!

You will need –

  • Basmati rice – 1 cup
  • Coconut milk – 1 cup (I used the store brought)
  • Water – 1 cups
  • Onion – 1 small, thinly sliced
  • Garlic paste – 1 teaspoon
  • Ginger paste – 1 teaspoon
  • Green Chili – 1 slit length wise
  • Fennel seeds – ½ teaspoon
  • Cardamom – 2
  • Cinnamon – 1 small stick
  • Clove – 1
  • Bay leaf – 1
  • Ghee/ clarified butter – 1 tablespoon or as required
How to –
Wash the rice and soak for 15 minutes. 
Heat the pan and add the Ghee. Once the ghee is heated, tip in the spices (Fennel seeds, cardamom, cinnamon, clove and bay leaf) and fry till the raw spell is gone.

Add the onions, chili and ginger-garlic paste. Fry till the onion turns pink and the raw smell of ginger-garlic is gone. Please make sure not to burn them as this will change the color of the rice when you cook. Once done add the rice in and fry till the rice doesn’t stick to each other ensuring the rice not turning brown.
Add the coconut milk, water and salt to taste. Cover and cook till done.


Note – once the rice is cooked. Keep it uncovered for a few minutes before you use a fork to fluff up the rice slowly.



28 thoughts on “Coconut milk rice

  1. Beautiful flavors, opposite to our local Nasi Lemak, also made with coconut and added with pandan/screwpine leaves. I am big eater or rice and I just anything cooked with it. The bay leaves are a great add-on for my fragrance and flavors.

  2. Hey Reks so glad u tried Spicy chicken varuval what a coincidence!!I tried this coconut milk rice yesterday it was really really tasty because I usually use grated coconut instead and it stays separate in the rice.I used the rice cooker to cook it and everything just blended in perfectly well.Did not take any pic but wish it could show flavors and the kick of nostalgia too..:)

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