This south Indian coconut rice is so flavorful and delicious! It’s also very easy to make in an instant pot! The grated coconut makes this pulao so fluffy and the curry leaves add great flavor.
Coconut rice is a mild rice dish that’s so good you can enjoy it on its own. This is a south Indian rice dish, specifically from the coastal state of Kerala, where coconut and rice are both very popular.
As I mentioned above, this rice is simple and yet tasty enough to be eaten alone. You can serve this with some raita or dal or a simple veggie dish if you want to make it more of a meal. I really like it with a thoran (a veg stir-fry dish like this beet thoran) or this coconut lentil dal.
While freshly grated coconut would taste amazing in this dish, I always use frozen grated coconut (unsweetened), available in the frozen section of your local Indian grocery store.
I can’t wait to hear what you think of this coconut rice!Print
- 1 cup basmati rice, soaked for 15–30 minutes (this is the brand of basmati I love)
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
- 1 tablespoon split chickpeas (chana dal)
- 1 tablespoon split and skinless black lentils (split and skinless urad dal)
- 15 curry leaves
- 15 cashews, split in half
- 1 Serrano pepper or green chili, slit but still intact
- 2 cups frozen, grated coconut*
- 1 ½ cups water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Soak the basmati rice in cold water for 15-30 minutes. Drain, rinse and set aside.
- Press the sauté button, and add the coconut oil. Once it melts, add the mustard seeds, split chickpeas, split/skinless black lentils. Once the mustard seeds begin to pop and the lentils turn golden in color, add the curry leaves, cashews and Serrano pepper. Stir for 30 seconds.
- Add the coconut and stir for another 30 seconds, then add the rice, water and salt. Mix well.
- Secure the lid, close the pressure valve and cook for 6 minutes at high pressure.
- Naturally release pressure for 10 minutes. Open the valve to release any remaining pressure.
- Fluff the rice with a fork, and serve.
*Find frozen unsweetened grated coconut at your local Indian grocery store.