Friday, January 05, 2007

Spicy Narali Bhat - JFI for Coconut

JFI for Coconut said Ashwini's post and as I read a whole lot of recipes swarmed in my head. This was going to be really good one as India is a peninsula and a whole lot of coconut used in recipes all over the country. I was away for 3 weeks and after returning I was drained due to cleaning the house and catching up on things that seemed to be infinite. Then yesterday at the cafeteria at work I tasted this Coconut rice from my friend's plate that was really amazing. Being a Koli a sweet Narali bhat is often made for naivedya at home but this one was different. These days I try to cut out the sugar in most things and end up eating sugar loaded other things :) ;). Did I hear Dad guffaw in the background. I had to post it but the picture will follow later. This recipe I have made up from what I tasted. It is simple yet satiating. So here you go.


1 cup rice
1/2 cup grated coconut
1 inch ginger piece shredded
1/2 teaspoon urad dal
few curry leaves
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 tablespoon oil
2 chopped chilies
pinch of asofeotida
salt to taste.
1 1/2 cup water.

To begin wash and drain the rice on the strainer and leave it there for 1/2 hr. Later in a pressure pan add the oil splutter the mustard seeds add the asofeotida stir. Look out of the kitchen window for a split second come back add the curry leaves fry a bit then add the urad dal fry till golden. Now add the chopped chillies and the ginger shreds stir. Time to add the grated coconut and fry till you have a nice dry seasoning. Just 2 mins alright. Last add the rice and mix well so that all rice grains are coated with oil and seasoning. Top up with water and pressure cook for just 1 whistle. Open the pressure pan and mix lightly. Do not garnish. Fluffy coconut rice is ready to eat. This Narali bhat will not give you a guilt for being a glutton.

This recipe is from my workplace cafeteria however when I'm making it I shall add 1 teaspoon of sesame seeds or a few fried cashew nuts for the nutty flavor.

Ashwini I request you to include this one but if youre closed thats alright.
Updated: 5th Feb 2007
Made this for my packed lunch box sometime ago so adding the picture now.


  1. Sounds like a great recipe! Good entry for JFI!:)

    Happy 2007!

  2. Hi Anjali no problem dear. I will include it in the round up. Cococnut rice sounds too good to give a miss ;-)

  3. Hi Anjali,coconut rice is great.I love it..I make it exactly the same way!what a coincidence..I like to taste the coconut in my coconut rice..nice one.:)

  4. Hey gals thanks for your comments.

    Ashwini I'm thrilled you included it.

  5. wow.i really liked ur coconut rice..thanks


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