Monday, 23 November 2015

Coconut and Almond Rice #riceisnice #coconut #almond #simpleyetyummy

Couple of months ago I attended seminar, where people of different nationalities were present too. I met this lovely Nigerian girl Kimmie, who was sitting opposite me and we exchanged smiles. After two hours workshop we had mid morning break for tea and biscuits and had chance to talk to each

After tea break ,she sat next to me for another hour before lunch. During that hour whatever ideas and suggestions we learnt, put them into practice and performed a little play, that was the fun part and I really enjoyed it. Not going into details what we did and learnt but surely met few nice people.

In between the workshop and during lunch we talked about so many things, but most of us girls talked about food, we exchanged many recipes, shared tips and ideas. Kimmie told me that she loves Indian food and she tried making chapatti at home but she couldn't, so I gave few her tips for it, hope it helps her. She asked me if I have ever tried Nigerian food, I felt bad saying 'No' but quickly asked her if she can give me simple yet delicious recipies of Nigeria.

 She gave me 'Nigerian Coconut Rice'  recipe, very popular dish in every Nigirian household also in parties and events. It's rich in taste and made with tomatoes, peppers, veg stock and fish or meat, also she told me that definitely I can make this dish vegetarian and can alter as long as main ingredient I use which is coconut milk.

And we said our byes and promised each other that she will make perfect round chapattis and I will cook 'Nigerian Coconut Rice'. So I grabbed this perfect opportunity trying my hands on this recipe this Diwali. I wanted to make a rice dish with richness, aromatic yet blends well with Indian palate and goes perfectly with curries and rich daal. I seldom cook this kind of dishes, but when I cook I always make sure I hit the nail on the head ! Glad I prepared this rice for Diwali party as everyone was having second helpings.

 My rice looks more plain boiled but it has this distinctive coconut taste, Simple dish with a wow factor, I added mixed vegetables and almonds and replaced pepper sauce with whole Indian spices but kept original taste by using coconut milk, but coconut flavour has not been overpowered by the spices. Also I omit onion and garlic as my other dishes had full of it, so my Diwali party dinner was Samosa, Kachori, condiments , salad , fried papad , Kaju-khoya , Daal Maharani, Lachha rabdi, roti and of course Coconut and Almond rice !  Simple yet graceful dish for any occasion for your dinner table.

If you like this recipe, I am sure you will like my this recipe too, Sukha Mewa Pulao/Pilaf - Dried fruits and Nuts Pulao/pilaf 

You will need :-

  • 2 cup Basmati rice 
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup steamed mix vegetable
  • 1/8 cup lightly roasted almonds chopped
  • 2 tbsp whole spices ( shahi jeera, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, black peppers, black cardamom, bay leaves and start anise  )
  • 2-3 tbsp. ghee or oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. lemon juice

Method :-
Wash rice under water till water runs clean and set aside to soak for 10-15 minutes.
Boil about 6-7 cups of water and add salt and lemon juice.
Once water starts boiling add rice. Keep heat on high.
After 5-6 minutes rice will be half cooked, turn off the heat.
Strain all the water from the rice using sieve and keep every grain separate. Leave it for few minutes.
Now heat ghee or oil in a heavy bottom kadai or pan and add all the whole spices into.
Once they crackle add steamed veg and saute vegetables for minute or two.
Add coconut milk and let it come to boil, add half cooked rice and mix gently.
Cover the lid, keep heat on low and let the rice cook for another 7-8 minutes.
Maybe once or twice gently stir the rice.
Once all the liquid absorbs and rice is done switch off the heat, and add roasted almonds, and keep lid on.
After 5-6 minutes once again gently fluff up the rice with fork.
Serve hot with any curry or daal.
Enjoy !

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  1. similar to our pulao ..It is very colorful and great for parties too

    1. many African dishes are similar to Indian dishes. Like I said I alter this recipe to our own taste too.

    2. Can you please give the exact measurement of coconut milk? It just says 1 can-Aparna


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