How to Make Coconut Milk Rice

Introduction: How to Make Coconut Milk Rice

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A wonderful tasting dish with a pleasant aroma in which rice is cooked in coconut milk. The whole preparation takes about 1-1/2 hours including extracting milk. You do not require any sides with the coconut milk rice and eat it as it is.

Please go through the step-by-step instructions on how to cook Coconut Milk Rice

Step 1: Ingredients

The quantities of ingredients mentioned here will serve 4 to 5 people

  • About 300 grams of parboiled rice. You can use any type of rice
  • One coconut. If it is a larger one use 3/4th of the coconut
  • One large sized onion
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • 10 to 12 Garlic cloves
  • Handful of Mint leaves
  • Handful of Coriander leaves
  • 3 to 4 Green chillies
  • One inch long piece of Ginger
  • One to two teaspoons of Ghee (Clarified Butter)


  • Few sticks of Cinnamon
  • 3 to 4 Bay leaves
  • 6 to 7 Cloves
  • One full piece of Star Anise
  • 3 to 4 Cardamom pods
  • Handful of dried sea weeds (It is a type of spice we use in South Indian cooking)

Step 2: Rinse and Clean Rice

  • Rinse the rice in water 3 to 4 times till water runs clean from the rice and keep aside

Step 3: Prepare Ingredients

  • Finely chop onion and tomatoes
  • Split the green chillies in halves
  • Finely chop mint and coriander leaves
  • Break cinnamon sticks, Star anise into pieces
  • Break open the Cardamom pods and remove seeds. Do not throw away the skin.

Step 4: Ginger Garlic Paste

  • Remove ginger skin and shuck garlic
  • Place them in a mixer grinder and make paste. I have added a spoonful of milk for making a fine paste

Step 5: Make Coconut Milk

  • Break open the coconut and remove coconut meat from the shell
  • Add the sliced coconut meat with water in a mixer grinder and grind to a fine paste
  • Using a cheese cloth, filter out the coconut milk. You can extract milk 2 to 3 times from coconut meat

We need about 1200 ml of Coconut milk (@400 ml per 100 gram of rice)

Step 6: Preparation Step 1

  • Place a 5 litre capacity pressure cooker over medium flame and add 2 to 3 teaspoons of ghee
  • When the ghee melts, add the spices like Cinnamon,Star Anise, Cloves, Cardamom, Bay leaves and dried sea weeds.
  • Add chopped mint leaves and coriander leaves to the cooker and stir-fry for few seconds

Step 7: Preparation Step 2

  • Now add chopped onions, Ginger-Garlic paste and split green chillies to the cooker and stir-fry till onion turns into golden brown
  • Add chopped tomatoes and salt to taste. Mix well and saute till tomato pieces mix with other ingredients

Step 8: Preparation Step 3

  • Add the cleaned rice to the cooker and mix with other ingredients

Step 9: Preparation Step 4

  • Measure and add coconut milk to the cooker. Do not add more as the finished rice will be watery
  • Mix all ingredients together with coconut milk and keep on medium flame till the mix starts boiling
  • Now cover the cooker with lid and pressure cook for about 7 to 8 minutes. In our cooker we cook for three whistles, that is three times release of pressure from the cooker.

Step 10: Serve Hot

  • Once pressure-cooking is over, remove the cooker from stove and allow the pressure to come to normal
  • When pressure is normal, open the lid and transfer the Coconut Milk Rice to a serving bowl

Serve hot. You do not require any sides with the coconut milk rice as it has a wonderful taste with pleasant aroma.

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