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Coconut Rice | Thengai Saadam | South-indian style

Coconut rice is a south-indian style mixed rice dish, made with fresh coconut, chiilies and rice. It is called Thengai saadam/saatham and it is a most commonly made lunch box recipe too.
Course Main Course, Snack
Cuisine Indian
Keyword Coconut rice recipe, Easy mixed rice recipe, How to make mixed rice, How to make quick mixed rice, Pooja offering recipe, Quick to make coconut rice recipe, Vegan coconut rice
Prep Time 5 minutes
Tempering and mixing 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1&½ cups cooked rice
  • ½ cup freshly grated coconut
  • ½ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1-2 tablespoon broken cashew-nuts
  • fresh coriander leaves for garnish chopped
  • 2 pinches of freshly pounded coriander powder


  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds/kadugu
  • 4-5 nos red chilies or 2-3 green chilies
  • 1 teaspoon urad dal
  • 1 teaspoon chana dal
  • teaspoon hing/asafoetida
  • a sprig of curry leaf


  • Spread the rice on a plate and fluff it with a fork. If using leftover rice, then i would suggest steam it a little in the Microwave or on the stove-top.
  • If you are planning to cook rice fresh, then rinse 1 cup of rice 3 or 4 times with water. Add 2 cups of fresh water, cook the rice on stove-top, once the rice is 90% done, strain the extra water completely and keep it covered for 10 minutes. If making in pressure cooker, cook for 3 whistles.
  • In a wide pan, heat oil. Splutter mustard seeds, add hing and curry leaves.  once the leaves turns crisp, add red chilies. saute for a minute, next add both the dals and fry until they turn light brown.
  • Keep an eye after adding dals, they turn brown pretty quick, now add cashew nuts and saute for 30 seconds. Next add fresh coconut and fry for a minute or two.  Take it off the stove
  • Add the cooked rice to the coconut and mix well. Add salt mix well,. Add fresh coriander leaves to the rice.
  • I sprinkle a pinch or two of freshly pounded coriander powder, that adds a great taste to the rice.
  • Toss it once and serve warm with your favorite curry.  Or pack it for the lunch box.