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South Indian Style Coconut rice

Coconut & Tamarind Rice

Tamarind rice recipe made with a spice paste made with coconut, tamarind and spices. This is then cooked in gingely oil to give it a nice earthy flavor -- the paste at this stage can be used right away by mixing with rice to make the puliyodarai or can be stored in the fridge for 2~3 days.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine south indian
Servings 4 servings


For the Coconut Tamarind Paste:

  • ¾ cup Coconut Fresh , grated
  • 3 tbsps Tamarind pulp
  • 3 ~ 5 Chilies Green
  • 1 tbsp Coriander Seeds

For the Rice:

  • ¼ cup Sesame oil Gingely or Oil
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp Asafoetida Hing or
  • To taste Salt
  • 1 cup Rice Cooked (I use Sona Masoori)
  • 1 tsp Sesame Oil
  • 8 ~ 10 Curry Leaves
  • 2 chilies Dry red
  • 1 tbsp Cashews Peanuts Each of &
  • 2 tsps Chana Dal
  • 4 ~ 5 tbsps Coconut Tamarind - Mix (from above)


  • Make the Coconut-Tamarind Spice paste: Grind coconut, tamarind, green chilies and coriander seeds to a smooth paste adding just enough water to get the blender going.
  • Heat ¼cup gingely oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and asafoetida. Once the seeds start to pop, add the ground paste and cook till the rawness cooks off. Add salt and mix well and cook till the oil starts to separate around the edges, takes about 10~15 minutes.
  • Let the mixture cool completely and store in an air-tight container for upto 3 days.
  • To make the Rice: Cook rice making sure that the grains are separate. Spread on a plate to cool.
  • In a small pan, heat 1tsp gingelly oil, add chana dal, red chilies, curry leaves, peanuts and cashews. Once the seeds start to turn golden, pour it over the rice.
  • Add the coconut-tamarind mix and mix gently with the rice. Taste and adjust the salt.


South Indian Style Coconut rice
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