Wednesday 2 October 2013

Thengai Sadam/Coconut Rice - South Indian Special

Coconut rice/Thengai sadam is a very popular, common and authentic rice variety of South India. Thengai sadam is a delectable and flavorful rice prepared with freshly grated coconut, along with red and green chillies. Thengai sadam is perfect lunch box item which can be prepared in no time in the morning rush. Not only an lunch box item it is also one of the important rice varieties prepared during Valai kappu (Baby Shower) in South India. I have already posted lemonrice, bisebelabath, curd rice, tomato rice in Valaikappu menu and will be updating with other rice varieties in my future post.

Here’s how to Coconut rice/Thengai Sadam with step by step photos…


Cooked Rice [Basmathi/Raw rice]
2 cups
Grated coconut
1 ½ cup
As needed
1 tsp

For Tempering

Oil/Coconut oil
2 tbsp
Mustard seeds
1 tsp
Cumin seeds
1 tsp
Urad dal
1 tbsp
Channa dal/Kadalai paruppu
1 tbsp
Green chillies
2 or 3 finely chopped
Dry red chillies
2 or 3 adjust to taste
Cashew nuts
5 -8 [optional]
One big pinch
Curry leaves
8 -10


Wash and cook the rice in the ratio of 1:2 (rice : water). Add required amount of salt and 1 tsp of oil/ghee when cooking the rice. The rice should not be sticky.

After the rice is cooked transfer it to a plate, spread it and fluff it up a bit.

Heat oil in a kadai, splutter mustard seeds, then add cumin seeds, urad dal, channa dal, cashew nuts, asafoetida and let it start changing colour.

Now add the green chillies, dry red chillies, curry leaves and sauté for about a minute.

Add the grated coconut and fry for about a minute.

Now add the cooked rice and mix everything gently. Check and adjust the amount of salt needed at this stage.

Delicious and super quick Thengai Sadam/Coconut rice is ready to be enjoyed.

Serve hot with karunai kizhangu fry, tomato gravy and enjoy your meal.

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  1. Nice entry priya... looks awesome..

  2. my favorite rice.Perfectly made.


  3. I love this rice . My mom makes this often

  4. quick lunch box recipe,well explained

  5. Wow! I love that white colour.Thanks for sending this to WTML Event .Expecting More delicious recipes from you Priya.

  6. You just reminded me that I need to make it. I am missing the taste of this authentic and delicious Indian dish.

  7. My all time favourite rice recipe :) looks delish

  8. looks appetising... we make our coconut rice differently...

  9. My all time fav... its looking so lovely dear...


  10. ஆஹா, எனக்கு மிகவும் பிடித்தமான ருசியான தேங்காய் சாதம் பரிமாறியுள்ளதற்கு ;))))) என் மனமார்ந்த இனிய அன்பு நன்றிகள். பாராட்டுக்கள். வாழ்த்துகள்.

  11. I have come across coconut rice recipes several times but have never tried it out. now i will. I love tomato rice, lemon rice and tamarind rice..

  12. Very yummy and flavourful rice... i can finish this with some hot prawn curry..

  13. wow.. delicious looking coconut rice!

  14. What a tasty and yummy rice. I haven't made it in a while.

  15. Comfort food... and my go to lunchbox recipe

  16. delicious classic recipe, love it...

  17. This is my husband favourite Priya. Looks really yummm. :)

  18. Coconut rice looks so rich and flavorful dear ?,

  19. flavorful and my fav dish..looks really tempting Priya..

  20. Traditional delight ! looks yummy..this used to be my favorite lunch box food :)


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