Easy Vegan Coconut Rice Recipe

by Rachna
coconut rice

This South Indian style coconut rice is a really delicious and super easy recipe to make. I often pair it with a spicy fish fry or curry and it goes perfectly. In its deliciousness this coconut rice reminds me of curd rice. It has a subtle taste and is really tasty on its own.

coconut rice recipe

My favourite recipe for making it is with coconut milk. You can make it with freshly grated coconut too.

Here is my recipe of coconut rice:

Ingredients:

2 cups rice

1.5 cups coconut milk

2 cups water

Salt to taste

For the tempering

1 tbsp. coconut oil (vegan) or ghee

1 tsp. mustard seeds

1 sprig curry leaves

2 pinches asafoetida

4-5 cloves

3 green cardamom

1 bay leaf

1 tsp. split Bengal gram

2 tsp. ginger paste

4 green chillies slit

1 cup vegetables chopped (optional)

For garnish

Some fried cashew nuts

Recipe:

Wash and clean the rice. Soak for 15 minutes.

Heat oil or ghee in a rice cooker or a pan. Add mustard seeds, asafetida and curry leaves and allow to sputter. Now add in the whole spices along with Bengal gram and fry for about 2 minutes. Add ginger paste and split green chillies and fry some more. If using vegetables, add now and fry lightly for about 5 minutes.

Now add the coconut milk and water to this fragrant mix. Add salt and taste. It must taste slightly salty. Bring to a boil and add rice.

Cook on low heat till the rice is done and fluffy. Don’t cook till mushy.

Serve hot after garnishing with fried cashews with raita or curry or just as it is.

This is a very flavourful rice that is perfect for lunchboxes too.

Pro Tips

  1. You can use any rice though I prefer sona masoori variety of rice.
  2. You can use veggies like carrots, beans and even frozen peas if you so like.
  3. I like to make my own coconut milk by blending coconut pieces with water in the blender and then using the first and second press of milk. But you can use canned milk too.
  4. Vary the number of green chillies depending upon the heat you like in your rice.
  5. You can also use finely grated coconut in place of coconut milk in the recipe. Then you will need to fry it before adding water and rice.

Your coconut milk rice is ready to serve. It is a perfect one-pot meal. Do try.

coconut rice recipe
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Easy Vegan Coconut Milk

This is a super easy one-pot rice recipe. Try my easy under 30 minute coconut rice recipe that pairs very well with a spicy curry, a fish fry or even a raita. Very simple recipe.

Course Rice Dish
Cuisine South Indian
Keyword coconut rice, easy coconut rice
recipe coconut rice
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 585 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rice
  • 1.5 cups coconut milk
  • 2 cups water
  • Salt to taste

For the tempering

  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil (vegaor ghee
  • 1 tsp. mustard seeds
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 2 pinches asafoetida
  • 4-5 cloves
  • 3 green cardamom
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp. split Bengal gram
  • 2 tsp. ginger paste
  • 4 green chillies slit
  • 1 cup vegetables chopped optional

For garnish

  • Some fried cashew nuts

Instructions

  1. Wash and clean the rice. Soak for 15 minutes.
  2. Heat oil or ghee in a rice cooker or a pan. Add mustard seeds, asafetida and curry leaves and allow to sputter. Now add in the whole spices along with Bengal gram and fry for about 2 minutes. Add ginger paste and split green chillies and fry some more. If using vegetables, add now and fry lightly for about 5 minutes.
  3. Now add the coconut milk and water to this fragrant mix. Add salt and taste. It must taste slightly salty. Bring to a boil and add rice.
  4. Cook on low heat till the rice is done and fluffy. Don’t cook till mushy.
  5. Serve hot after garnishing with fried cashews with raita or curry or just as it is.
  6. This is a very flavourful rice that is perfect for lunchboxes too.

Recipe Notes

You can use any rice though I prefer sona masoori variety of rice.
You can use veggies like carrots, beans and even frozen peas if you so like.
I like to make my own coconut milk by blending coconut pieces with water in the blender and then using the first and second press of milk. But you can use canned milk too.
Vary the number of green chillies depending upon the heat you like in your rice.
You can also use finely grated coconut in place of coconut milk in the recipe. Then you will need to fry it before adding water and rice.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Vegan Coconut Milk
Amount Per Serving
Calories 585 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 20g125%
Sodium 45mg2%
Potassium 415mg12%
Carbohydrates 85g28%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 2310IU46%
Vitamin C 11mg13%
Calcium 69mg7%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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