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How to make tasty Coconut Rice or Thengai Sadam South Indian Tamilnadu or Madras Style Recipe

Updated on January 31, 2015
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Tasty Thengai sadam or Coconut Rice
Tasty Thengai sadam or Coconut Rice

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Coconut Rice - Introduction

Dear Readers,

This hub guides you through the process of making Coconut Rice.

You might have come across lot many ways of making Coconut Rice. But this is a typical South Indian Madras style of making Coconut Rice.

I have considered the ingredients to make the tasty Coconut rice only for 2 people.

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: Serves 2 people from cooked coconut Rice


  • 1/4 kg Rice, (washed)
  • 100 ml Coconut Oil
  • ½ tea spoon Mustard
  • 1 tea spoon Bengal gram
  • 1 tea spoon Broken white gram
  • 100 gms Coconut grated
  • 2 Red chilies, cut in to pieces
  • ½ tea spoon Salt

How to cook / bake Rice

Cooker based cooking: In a cooker pour ½ liter water and put thoroughly washed rice in close the lid. Wait for 3-4 whistles for the rice to get cooked

Oven based Cooking: You can bake your rice with 1/2 liter water in oven container. Keep it in oven for 20-25 minutes and allow it to boil. Or follow your oven manual / guidelines for baking.


  1. In a frying pan or flat vessel or copper bottomed vessel, add oil, mustard seeds and wait till it crackles
  2. Add Bengal gram, broken white gram and red chilies and wait till it becomes golden brown
  3. Add coconut in the mixture and fry till it becomes dry and then finally put the cooked rice and salt in it and stir well
  4. Finally garnish the coconut rice with coriander leaves on it
  5. Coconut rice can be served with coriander chutney or Mango pickle

© 2012 Ravi and Swastha


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      Ravi and Swastha 2 years ago from London, Canada

      Thanks Sameer. Sure. Also let me know your feedback after trying !

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      Sameer Chowdhury 2 years ago from Pune, India

      I love Coconut Rice and your recipe looks good - gonna give this a try. Thanks for sharing.

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      Ravi and Swastha 2 years ago from London, Canada

      Hi Pstraubie,

      Sorry for very late reply. Bengal gram is also called channa dhal or channa dal. Split chickpeas in other terms.

      Let me know if you need further more info.

      Thanks for watching the recipe.



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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      When you say '1 teaspoon Bengal gram' can you please explain what that means?

      thanks for sharing

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