Thengai Saadam (Spiced Coconut Rice) Recipe

Kalyani Srinath
Thengai Saadam (Spiced Coconut Rice) Recipe
679 ratings.

This quick and tasty rice is made for offerings to God (Naivedyam). Thengai Sadam (or coconut rice) is healthy given the nutritional benefits of coconut and makes for an excellent tiffin box option too. Make sure to use fresh coconut for great results. 

Thengai Sadam can also be served with kurma or curd.

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Course: Lunch
Diet: Vegetarian
Equipments Used: Hard Anodised Kadai (Wok)
Prep in

10 M

Cooks in

30 M

Total in

40 M


2 Servings


  • 1 cup Rice
  • 2 tablespoon Oil
  • 1/2 cup Fresh coconut , grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu)
  • 1 teaspoon White Urad Dal (Whole)
  • 2 Dry Red Chilli , broken
  • Asafoetida (hing) , A pinch
  • 6 Curry leaves
  • 2 sprig Coriander (Dhania) Leaves , for garnish
  • 7 Cashew nuts
  • Salt , to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Ghee

How to make Thengai Saadam (Spiced Coconut Rice) Recipe

  1. To begin making Thengai Saadam (Spiced Coconut Rice), wash and cook the rice.

  2. Spread the cooked rice on a plate and fluff up a bit.

  3. Tip: It helps if you have cooked rice made ahead – the cooled rice works wonderfully well.

  4.  In a pan, add oil & the ghee and splutter mustard, hing, urad dal, broken chillies, cashews, curry leaves and fry till cashews turn golden brown.

  5.  Turn the flame to low and add the grated coconut till the oil leaves the coconut and the mixture turns aromatic.

  6.  Turn off the stove. Add salt and cool.

  7.  Now add the cooled and fluffed rice to the pan.

  8. Mix well and enjoy a bowl of Thengai Saadam (Spiced Coconut Rice) with curd or kurma.