How to make Malabari Coconut Rice -

Flavoured with shallots and whole garam masala, this Kerala style coconut rice is very tasty.

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Coconut milk (नारियल का दूध), Short grain rice (चावल)

Cuisine : Kerala

Course : Rice

Malabari Coconut Rice

Malabari Coconut Rice Recipe Card


Hindi: nariyal
Coastal cuisine of India loves the coconut. Be it Goan or Malwani, Karnatak, Tamilian or from Kerala, the taste of coconut reigns supreme. Think about a rich fish curry and try making it obliterating the coconut! It will pass off as a fake. Very correctly termed as the ‘plant of life,’ each and every part of the coconut plant is useful in one or the other way.

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Malabari Coconut Rice Recipe

  • Coconut milk 1 cup

  • Short grain rice soaked and drained 1½ cups

  • Shallots 15-18

  • Ghee 1 tablespoon + to sprinkle

  • Cloves 5-6

  • Cinnamon 1 inch

  • Green cardamoms 2-3

  • Fennel seeds (saunf) ½ teaspoon

  • Curry leaves 12-15

  • Green chillies chopped 2

  • Ginger-garlic paste 1 teaspoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Turmeric powder ¼ teaspoon

  • Coriander powder 1 teaspoon

  • Garam masala powder ½ teaspoon


Step 1

Slice shallots.

Step 2

Heat ghee in anon-stick pan. Add cloves, cinnamon, cardamoms and fennel seeds and sauté.

Step 3

Add curry leaves, green chillies and sliced shallots. Mix and sauté till shallots turn translucent. Add ginger-garlic paste, mix and sauté for 10-15 seconds.

Step 4

Add rice and mix well. Add half the coconut milk, ½ cup water, salt, turmeric powder, coriander powder and garam masala powder. Mix well, cover and cook till the rice is fully done.

Step 5

Add remaining coconut milk, mix well, cover and cook for 2-3 minutes.

Step 6

Drizzle ghee on top and serve hot.

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