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Monday, November 18, 2013

Lunch box recipes /Coconut rice and Potato fry

Coconut Rice

Coconut is a wonderful vegetable that I love. It has lots of calcium and nutrition ,which is good for teeth and bones. It has good cholesterol too. Coconut is very versatile it can be used a flavor enhancer, a condiment like in chutneys or you make it the feature of your dish. Coconut when boiled for too long is not very healthy.
I used to buy frozen coconut .But I love the taste of fresh coconut. In a local store I found fresh coconuts, I brought one and grated it and stored it. Coconut Rice is a dish that we used to have during our school days. My husband loves this rice .Once in a while when I buy a fresh coconut I make this for him. My little one loves coconut in any from.

Check for other rice recipes like Tomato Pulav,Mint Pulav,Pongal

Preparation Time:10 min
Cooking Time:15 min.
Serves :2

  • 1/4 of small coconut(grated).
  • 1 cup raw Rice.
  • 3 green chilies.
  • salt as required 
  • oil for tempering.(coconut oil is optional)
To Temper:
  • 1/2 tbsp Mustard seeds.
  • 1/4 tbsp split Channa dal.
  • A Pinch of hing.
  • Little curry leaves powder/Few Curry leaves.
  • Wash the rice and  pressure cook it with little oil and required water ( Add the exact amount of water)
  • Cook for one whistle and reduce the flame and cook it for  another 4 min .
  • Now switch off the stove and allow it to cool till the pressure releases.
  • To a hot saute pan add 2 tbsp of oil/coconut oil and add mustard seeds to it.
  • After the mustard seeds splutter add channa dal (let it change color ).
  • Add green chilies ,hing and saute for a min.
  • Add the grated coconut and saute it for a min or two.
  • Now switch off the heat and add the cooled rice .

  • Add required salt and mix them thoroughly.
  • Coconut rice is ready.

  • Rice should be at room temperature before you add it to coconut .
  • You can add coconut oil for tempering which gives extra flavor.
  • Dont cook the coconut too much when you add it saute pan.

Potato Fry

Preparation time:5 min.
Cooking time:20-25 min.

  • 2 large potatoes(pressure cooked for 3 whistles)
  • 1 small Onion.
  • 1/2 country tomato.
  • A pinch of turmeric.
  • 1 garlic pod.
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin powder.
To Temper:
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp urad dal.
  • few curry leaves/ curry leaves powder.
  • Pressure cook the potatoes for 2 -3 whistles until they are soft (not mushy)
  • Cut them in to 1 inch pieces.
  • Cut the onions and tomatoes in to small pieces as well.
  • Add oil to the heated tava and add the items "to temper".
  • Add onions,garlic and saute them until onions are translucent.
  • Add tomatoes and cook them thorough.
  • Add chili powder,cumin powder and turmeric and saute till the raw smell of the masala subsides.
  • Add little water and add required salt.
  • After the water  boiles and reduce in quantity add the cooked cut potatoes.
  • Cover them with a lid and cook for another 5 -8 min until the potatoes absorb all the masalas.
  • Potatoes should be coated and it should not have any water.

  • Potato fry is ready..
  • Enjoy your lunch.

  • If the potatoes are not cooked allow them to cook before you add it to masala.
  • Potato fry should be dry . So cook the fry until it absorbs all the water.

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  1. Replies
    1. sure linsy its late this time.Next time sure will give it.Only problem for me is this climate .otherwise i would be in ur house.Thanks for your encouragements dear.

  2. never tried coconut rice with potatoes..looks yum...

  3. Coconut rice looks delecious, along with potato fry they make an sure hit :)

  4. Delicious easy lunch box recipe, love it.

  5. Coconut rice with potato proriyal thinking about it itself is making me feel hungry ....:)

  6. Love both coconut rice and potato fry. A nice combo

  7. There's no way coconut can be detached from Asian dishes. I use lots of it, the milk or add into stri fries. One of my fav is rice and another is coconut, so when both comes together, I am trilled to see the outcome.

  8. Omg both are my favorite and I feel
    Hungry after seeing this... Super pa...

    1. Thanks for your comments akila .Keep in touch

  9. its my fav combo Sathya, m akes me nostalgic :-)

  10. Thanks bhawna,Meena,Nava,Arthy ,Vimitha,swathi ,Lisha for your lovely comments

  11. Superb combo isn't it.. love it in my lunchbox!


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