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White bowl with Shakannam

Saakannam/ Shakannam

South Indian style Vegetable Rice without onion, garlic that is perfect to make during festivals. A mix of vegetables are used in this dish.
Author: Pavani
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: andhra
Servings: 4 servings


  • cups Rice*
  • 2 tablespoons Ghee
  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  • 3 tablespoons Peanuts
  • 1 teaspoon Chana Dal
  • 1 teaspoon Urad dal
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • 2 ~ 3 Dry Red chilies
  • 1 tablespoon Cashews
  • 8 ~ 10 Curry Leaves
  • 2" Ginger piece, finely grated
  • 3~4 Green chilies, slit
  • 4~5 cups Chopped Mixed vegetables*
  • ½ tsp Ground Turmeric
  • To taste Salt
  • ½ cup Fresh or dry grated coconut (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons Cilantro, chopped (optional)


  • Cook rice along with a pinch of turmeric, salt and few drops of oil. Once done, set aside to cool. Make sure rice is not mushy.
  • Heat ghee and oil in a large saute pan. Add peanuts, chana dal, urad dal, mustard, cumin seeds, dry red chilies and cashews. Cook until the lentils are golden and the seeds start spluttering.
  • Add curry leaves, ginger and green chilies. Cook for 1~2 minutes.
  • Next add the mixed vegetables and turmeric. Cover and cook until the veggies are tender, about 10~12 minutes.
  • Stir in grated coconut, salt and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add the cooked rice and mix well to combine and cook for 2~3 minutes. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve hot.


  • Any short or medium grain rice would work in this recipe. Try not to use aromatic rice variety like basmati.
  • While cooking rice, make sure that it is not mushy and the grains are separate. Add a few drops of oil while cooking to get the best texture.
  • Use any vegetables that you like and have on hand. Some examples are peppers, cabbage, plantains, sweet potato, green peas, tomato, spinach etc. Just make sure to use 4~5 cups of chopped veggies.
  • Precooking the veggies makes making this dish really fast. If desired, steam or microwave the veggies until fork tender before using.
  • You can customize the recipe as per your taste preference. Add lemon juice or coconut milk for a slightly different recipe.
  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.


Calories: 498kcal
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