Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Coconut rice/Thengai Sadham

Thengai sadham is a smple, easy, and flavorful rice made with fresh coconut tempering, and is made for many festivals. It is made for Kanu Pongal, Aadi peruku, 'Thai' and 'Aadi' velli (Friday), Chitra Pournami, Varalakshmi Vratam, and Navratri. 

This is vegan, and also saatvik - no onioin no garlic food. It is also a simple neivedhyam for weekly or daily pooja at home. Plus, this simple and delicious rice is great for lunch box too! This can be made in under 30 minutes.

Tempering in coconut oil gives the extra flavor. Red chilies, green chilies, mustard, urad dhal, peanuts, cashews, curry leaf, fresh coconut, curry leaves with hing are tempered in coconut oil and added to the cooked rice. The aroma that fills the home when tempering is divine. While the rice is cooking, the rest can be made ready and mixed together for a quick meal. 

Frozen grated coconut could also be used. Just thaw required amount and use as directed in the recipe. All variety rice will have chana dhal too in the tempering. I don't use chana dhal everyday or often, as we have a member in our family allergic to chana dhal. 

We love this coconut rice with harvest vegetable curry (we call as Kanu Kootu). I make sure when I make Coconut rice, I make kanu kootu or vice versa. They both pair very well. 

I make this very often for neivedhyams. Sometimes, our brunch thali is chitrannam thali with an array of variety mixed rice. I make these as neivedhyam for Lalitha Sahasranama Parayanam. Also, I make this thali especially during Navratri times, when I invite friends and families for lunch or dinner. These variety rice are crowd pleaser and can be easily made in larger quantities. 

This is my post for Srivalli's Blogging Marathon 120 - Festival Food. 

Check here for my recipes for Cranberry RiceNarthangai Sadham / Citron RiceInstant Curry Leaf RiceKalkandu SadamRaw Mango Poha, and Bagalabath that are chitrannams and you can easily make a feast with these. 


Easily serves 4 hungry people
Under 30 min

Sona Masoori rice - 1 cup
Water - 2 cups
Salt - 3/4 tsp
Coconut - 3/4 cup, grated, fresh or frozen

For Tempering

Coconut oil - 1/4 cup
Cashews - 2 tbsp
Peanuts - 2 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 3/4 tsp
Split urad dhal - 3/4 tsp 
Chana dal - 3/4 tsp (I didn't use)
Asafoetida - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaf - 1 sprig
Red chilies - 3, torn
Green chili - 1 or 2, chopped


Wash the rice, cook the rice with 2 cups of water. Adjust the water quantity according to the rice variety used.  Spread it on a bigger bowl with a tbsp of coconut oil and let it cool.

Heat oil in a pan. Add the red chilies and mustard seeds. When it sputters add the split urad dhal followed by peanuts, and cashews. Fry for a minute till they turn to a golden color. Add the curry leaves, green chilies, and asafoetida. Add the grated coconut . Sauté for 2-3 minutes. 

Add it to the rice. Add salt. Mix thoroughly.



  1. Coconut rice is one of my favorite to make for prasadam as well and the key is using coconut oil for seasoning. Loved your recipe and I used peanuts in my coconut rice today and that definitely was a great idea. Added crunch to the coconut rice and we all loved it.

  2. I was planning on coconut rice for lunch tomorrow! Always a favorite at my place

  3. Coconut rice is my all time favorite and we often make it with mor kulambhu..your thali spread looks amazing!

  4. Coconut rice is always favorite with everyone in home and we use ghee for tempering. Will use coconut oil next time. BTW your thali looks amazing and makes me feel hungry