Sesame Rice, Coconut Rice

This is such a flavorful rice with the nutty tones of toasted sesame. Even on its own, it is very addictive and you can easily eat an entire bowl by itself. This is from Julie Sahni’s Classic Indian Vegetarian & Grain Cooking.

Sesame Coconut Rice/ Til Narial Bhat

Serves 6-8

  • 2 cups Basmati Rice
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, grated
  • 4 tablespoons light Sesame oil (this is a golden colored sesame oil available at Indian supermarkets)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons brown mustard seeds
  • 8 dried red chiles
  • 1/3 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup frozen grated coconut, defrosted (or freshly grated coconut)

Soak rice for 1/2 hour.
Bring 1 1/2 cups water, coconut milk and ginger to a boil.
Add rice and bring to a boil again.
Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook on medium low heat for 20 minutes, until rice is tender and the liquid has been absorbed.
Heat oil in a wok or large pot.
Add mustard seeds. When they start to pop, add chiles. After 1 minute, add sesame seeds.
When the sesame seeds turn golden brown, add coconut, salt and rice.

Toss until rice is well coated.

Sesame Rice, Indian Coconut Rice

This post is for the CC Challenge of the month

Chef Mireille