Coconut Milk Pulao

By Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen - Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Coconut milk pulao, a simple,yet flavorful rice recipe that i make often at home. I made this first time for my kiddo's birthday party. It was a small get together with our friends, so i made roti, subzi and this rice. I wasn't sure how it will turn out, but surprisingly, it was a great success, even kids loved it.
The rice is cooked with half coconut milk and half water. I even did the tempering with coconut oil, this imparts a great flavor to the rice. I normally use basmati rice while making pulao, but you can use sona masuri rice too. 
The ratio to rice and water is 1:2.5 cups, if using a different rice, please follow your ratio. This rice was made for lunch today, so i have made it less spicy for my kids, if making for adults, adjust the spice level to your taste. But i would suggest you pair it with a spicy side, instead of increasing the spice in the pulao. This is for Srivalli's Anniversary Celebrationwith Kids Party
1 cup Rice (Sona Masuri/Basmati)
1 cup coconut milk
1.5 cups of water
salt to taste
1.5 cups mixed vegetables ( i have used carrots, cauliflower, capsicum and cabbage)
2 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 tsp cumin seeds/jeera
2 green chilies, slit lengthwise
2 nos small green cardamom
a small bay leaf
1 no clove
a small javithri/mace

  • Wash and rinse rice with water until it runs clear. Soak the rice for 20 minutes. Prepare the veggies when the rice is soaking.
  • Heat a wide pan with coconut oil, when the oil is hot, throw the whole spices and chilies in, saute for a minute.
  • Now add the chopped veggies to it and saute for 2 minutes. Drain water from the rice and add it to the pot. Saute for a minute.
  • Now add coconut milk and water, mix well. Add salt, cover and cook in medium flame for 15-20 minutes or until done.
  • Once done, remove the cover, fluff it up with a fork, add fresh coriander to the rice and serve warm with chips or any spicy side. We love this rice as such without any side, though kids prefer it with chips.  
  • The same recipe can be made in rice cooker too. Do the tempering and saute the veggies on stove, then add it to the rice cooker along with rice, add water and cook until done. 

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  1. Wow, pulao looks super delicious, cooking with coconut milk will definitely gives a fabulous flavour to the rice dish. Lovely dish.

  2. This is one of the most frequently made pulao for kids lunch box..thanks for sending it across!

  3. I make this on and off with no vegetables, just some whole spices and with a spicy curry... just the apt lunch for a weekend! Lovely clicks as usual, dear...

  4. Sounds yummy Priya. Will love this with some spicy curry. Not made it in ages especially since lo started taking aversion to coconut.

  5. This is a flavourful pulao and looks so good. I make this often too

  6. Coconut pulao does taste good and exotic. I usually add coconut milk to any pulao I make to add more flavor.

  7. The Pulao sounds very flavourful , looks great and would make a perfect dish for Kids .

  8. My fav pulao and i always make it at least once a week for our lb.. So flavorful!!

  9. I have been reading about coconut milk pulao and have wanted to try it for a while. Never got around it. I have a can of coconut milk, will make it soon. Looks great Priya!

  10. Cooking rice in coconut milk must have given it so much flavor. Have to try it.

  11. Coconut pulao looks soo flavorful.

  12. anything with any form of coconut I am ready to dig into!

  13. this is one dish I would love to tuck into. Brown rice also works great for this coconut pulao :-)


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