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Thengai sadam recipe | coconut rice recipe

by Jeyashri suresh
Coconut Rice | Thengai Sadam  is a very simple dish ,can be done quickly. An ideal dish for lunch box,which i normally prepare once a week. Generally it is made in South Indian houses on the occasion of aadi 18 and Kannu pongal. Check out other south Indian rice varieties, Iyengar Puliyodarai and Pudina rice.

Coconut rice recipe

  Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 25 Mins |Serves: 2

     Coconut grated   4 tblsp
     Raw rice | basmati rice   1 cup (cooked)
     Coconut oil   1 tsp
     Cooking oil  1 tsp
     Ghee  1/2 tsp
     Mustard seeds   1/4 tsp
     Channa dal   1 tsp
     Urad dal  1 tblsp
     Fried gram  1 tsp
     Green chili  2
     Red chili  1
     Salt   as needed
     Raw peanuts   1 tblsp

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  • Cook rice and allow it to cool. The grains should not be sticky.
  • In a kadai,add the cooking oil and temper the mustard seeds,channa dal, peanuts, fried gram,urad dhal and red chili, green chilli. When it is done add it on the top of the rice.


  • Add the ghee in the same kadai and fry the scrapped coconut till golden brown. Keep a close watch ,it shouldn’t get burnt.
  • If making for lunch box roast till the moisture is completely absorbed.
  • If you want to eat it immediately, you can roast it slightly.
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  • Add salt to it. Mix it along with the rice and smear the coconut oil and mix gently.
  • Add a few curry leaves.Serve with pappad/vadagam/avial

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Prathibha January 25, 2010 - 8:06 am

I love this rice....Loved that vadam/fryum ..yummy one

Sushma Mallya January 25, 2010 - 8:19 am

Simple and delicous rice...even i do coconut rice but slightly different one...ur version seems really nice..thanks for sharing jeyashri

Priya January 25, 2010 - 8:26 am

My all time favourite...just love with papads...

Akal's Saappadu January 25, 2010 - 8:38 am

congratulations for the award!!

thengai saadham looks delicious with the vathal, nice combination; this recipe sounds new to me, we make the same with the coconut milk instead of the coconut scrapings; will try this next time!! cheers!!

Padhu January 25, 2010 - 8:40 am

Congrats on your award .Coconut rice and that vadam you have kept by the side is really tempting me.

Rohini January 25, 2010 - 9:53 am

Absolutely simple n delicious rice dear.. DH doesnt like it, otherwise I love to have it with vadams.. And congrats on your awards too!

Rekha shoban January 25, 2010 - 10:00 am

Nice presentation and lovely coconut rice...nice combo with vathal!!

Rachana Kothari January 25, 2010 - 10:54 am

Congrats on your award! Lovely rice and the vadam on the side are really tempting:)

Tina January 25, 2010 - 12:59 pm

Beautiful clicks dear....Never tried this rice..Looks yummy.

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine January 25, 2010 - 1:52 pm

Looks very tempting, love thengai sadam with Avial or Morkuzhambu combination. Awesome pictures and congrats on your awards.

Vrinda January 25, 2010 - 2:19 pm

Coconut rice looks so divine...tempting clicks...

Saraswathi Iyer January 25, 2010 - 2:43 pm

Our family favs just prepared for Kanum. Nice photos.

Sarah Naveen January 25, 2010 - 3:32 pm

oh wow!!!!!Super!!!!nice click too.....

SE January 25, 2010 - 3:44 pm

nice click..very simple and delicious..very much like the phodni bhath!!

Anu January 25, 2010 - 6:27 pm

Congrats on ur award... My all time fav... Rice looks lovely and delicious..

Mythreyi Dilip January 26, 2010 - 8:15 pm

Jeyashri, coconut rice looks awesome da. Eye capturing click!!!

Nostalgia January 27, 2010 - 2:02 am

Nice recipe and congratulations on your award

RAKS KITCHEN January 27, 2010 - 4:20 pm

I too make a similar way,I add lots of urad dal 🙂
Did your mom made those vadams for you or store bought?

Ammu Madhu January 27, 2010 - 10:12 pm

i love it.

admin January 28, 2010 - 3:58 am

thanks friends for ur lovely comments.
Raji, vadams are made by my mom.she never allows me to buy from the store.

Jagruti January 28, 2010 - 9:26 am

Hey Jeyashri

thanks a bunch for dropping by and for wonderful comment..coconut rice and all your paneer dishes are mouthwatering and awesome...following you:))



Malar Gandhi January 28, 2010 - 1:44 pm

I like the way u presented it, lovley pictures, boxed instruction...very well done post, dear.:) Love thengai saadam, yummmm:)

Gulmohar January 28, 2010 - 4:58 pm

Congrats ! Thengai sadam looks fantastic..Loved the clicks too

Deepa G Joshi January 28, 2010 - 5:53 pm

wow, my husband loves this rice..thanks for sharing..lovely click.


Chitra January 29, 2010 - 11:32 am

Very nice..My MIL makes it nicely 🙂 urs is also looking equally good 🙂

Preety January 30, 2010 - 11:51 pm

congrats for award, rice looks so delicious

Valerie September 26, 2012 - 8:51 am

Really nice and easy to prepare meal. However, I'd rather use coconut oil as well when cooking the mustard seeds,channa dal, freid gram,urad dhal and green chilli. I love using this oil when cooking or even for moisturizing my skin and hair due to the coconut oil benefits it gives.

Me... February 23, 2013 - 6:18 am

Looks lovely Jeyashri. In my version, we soak about a handful of urad dhal in water and allow it to swell up in some time and THEN add it to the tadka so it makes it look fuller and also accents the taste. BYW why doesnt your blog allow wordpress comments???


Roo December 17, 2013 - 3:55 pm

A very simple recipe...but tasted great. Thanks for sharing Jeya....Kudos...

koumar December 22, 2013 - 1:14 pm

When I was young (long time ago), my mother prepare thangai sadam, especeillay when we eat outside (on the beach for the day). I like it very much. Her recipe is more or less the same. She add dried chilli and cashew nut. I always use fresh coconut. The result is great. Thank you.

Gayathri srinivasan April 2, 2014 - 6:53 am

Congrates to you for your award. Its nice and very tasty rice. Well presented. Keep rocking Jey.

Ramaa N August 15, 2014 - 10:13 am

Thank you. It was soo yummy:)

Nithu January 26, 2018 - 5:38 pm

Thengai satham recipe fantastic. It was so good. Vazhga Valamudan.


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