Thengai Sadam (Coconut Rice) with coconut milk


When I open my lunch box and I see coconut rice, its a happy face.. Easy and delicious variety rice. Though i love the usual version without coconut milk, after trying this version started doing this often.  I had 1/4 cup coconut milk in fridge (Leftover after preparing Vegetable Stew) and was thinking what to do with it. Suddenly remembered Thai rice prepared with coconut milk, so added coconut milk while cooking rice and resulting coconut rice was much flavorful and tastier

Cooking rice with coconutmilk


Rice : 1/2 cup

Thin Coconut milk : 1/4 cup

Water : 3/4 cup

Ghee/ Coconut oil – one drop

Add drop of ghee/ oil and Cook rice in pressure cooker for 2 whistle or rice cooker and spread them in a wide pan


Coconut Rice:


Cooked Rice – 1 cup

Coconut – 1/3 cup

Salt – as needed

To temper:

Coconut Oil – 1 tsp

Peanuts – 5 tbsp

Cashews – 7 roughly broken

Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp

Urad dal – 1 tsp

Channa dal – 1 tsp

Asofetida/ Hing(Perungayam) –  pinch

Green chillies – 1 slitted (Adjust according to your taste)

Curry leaves – few


  • Add 1 tsp of oil and when the oil is hot add the mustard seeds, urad dal, channa dal, cashew nuts, curry leaves asofetida and peanuts and cook till they become golden brown. Add coconut and sauté for a minute
  • Add the tempered ingredients to the pan containing rice, salt and mix gently. Check for the seasoning and add salt if required. Serve the rice with chips/ gravy


My Notes:

  • Coconut milk is optional you can cook rice without that in that case add 1:2 water



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35 thoughts on “Thengai Sadam (Coconut Rice) with coconut milk

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  5. sindhoooo January 21, 2015 at 5:28 AM Reply

    Looks great!
    You might know, there is another version in which rice and vegetables are cooked in coconut milk or milk itself. But, this version consumes less coconut milk than that.
    I am planning to try this recipe 🙂 Thank you 🙂
    TC! Keep smiling 🙂

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  7. For The Love of Ghee January 14, 2015 at 3:34 PM Reply

    Rice made with coconut millk sounds heavenly! I will have to try it out. Yum!

  8. Malar January 14, 2015 at 1:14 PM Reply

    Lovely Vidya, always this brings happiness as you say when we find in lunch box 🙂 The most interesting part is in my home when G prepares it , I simply love it 😀 Got to try with coconut milk soon…

    • Traditionally Modern Food January 14, 2015 at 4:45 PM Reply

      When hubby cooks for wife thats always special:-) Do try it dear, I m sure bring coconut rice lover you will like it

  9. MamaD1xx4xy January 14, 2015 at 11:55 AM Reply

    Love using coconut milk in rice, so much more flavor!

  10. apuginthekitchen January 14, 2015 at 9:25 AM Reply

    Love coconut rice, looks delicious. It’s such a wonderful dish.

  11. Flora January 14, 2015 at 9:17 AM Reply

    Yumm 🙂

  12. minuraman January 14, 2015 at 7:57 AM Reply

    I was just thinking about making this rice last night 😊 It looks really tasty

  13. cafegarima January 14, 2015 at 7:35 AM Reply

    Wow! Love the flavour of coconot milk 😀

  14. LifestyleswithLia January 14, 2015 at 6:58 AM Reply

    I would smile too if my lunch box contained this!!! Delicious!!!

  15. Sadia Mohamed January 14, 2015 at 6:30 AM Reply

    This is really nice. We do make a similar rice dish in kerala called thenga chor. I love it. 🙂

  16. Chitra Jagadish January 14, 2015 at 5:55 AM Reply

    wow looks yummm V… my hubby z favorite dish, never tried with coconut milk, cant wait to give it a try… 🙂

  17. Francesca Trucco January 14, 2015 at 1:47 AM Reply

    How precious is the coconout oil!!!! Thanks !!!

  18. Charanya January 14, 2015 at 12:59 AM Reply

    Yum ❤ This is how usually Malaysian Indians cook-with coconut milk. ❤

  19. srividhya January 14, 2015 at 12:00 AM Reply

    Great idea to use the leftover coconut milk. yum 🙂

  20. Liz January 13, 2015 at 11:46 PM Reply

    yum–great idea. Can see how the coconut milk would totally work!

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