Coconut Basil Rice

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And the rice!! with coconut  and basil, totally cozy and totally delicious. I loved it! It’s incredibly simple to make.

And it can be served as is for lunch or breakfast or for packed lunch or serve it with chutney/any dip of choice.

I love basil, It’s the best smell, and in my opinion one of the best herbs. So instead of rice with loads of cilantro, which I do love too, I added some basil to this, mostly for a nice summery kick. Pretty sure you are going to love it.

Health Benefits

Basil with a rich green hue and delicate aromatic flavor, fresh basil adds instant interest to a range of healthful recipes. It’s also virtually calorie-free — a quarter-cup serving of chopped basil contains just two calories — and low in sodium. Using fresh basil to flavor your meals makes it easier to skip fatty or salty seasonings

Yields-2-3 servings
Preparation time-20 minutes (cooking time of rice)
Soaking time-1 hour
Cooking time-10 minutes


  • Brown basmathi rice-1cup
  • Grated fresh coconut-1/2cup
  • Fresh basil- a handful
  • Salt- to taste

For tempering:

  • Oil-2tsp
  • mustard seeds-1tsp
  • cumin seeds-1tsp
  • urad dal/split black gram-2tsp
  • channa dal-2tsp
  • curry leaves-2sprigs
  • roughly chopped cashewnuts-8-10


Preparation step:

  • Wash and rinse thoroughly brown rice and soak for 30minutes-1hour
  • After soaking time-drain water from soaked rice and set aside.
  • Now boil enough water in a big saucepan and cook rice until fluffy- once cooked drain water and spread it on a broad plate/dish and let it cool completely.

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For coconut rice:

  • Heat oil in pan add mustard seeds and fry in medium high flame- as it splutters
  • Add cumin seeds, urad dal, channa dal, red chillies, curry leaves, cashew and saute until dal and cashew turns golden brown.
  • Add the shredded coconut,Basil leaves to this and stir for a minute or two or until it leaves a toasted aroma.

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  • Finally add cooked rice, salt and mix gently until well combined and simmer for 2-3minutes or until heated through.
  • Check for the seasoning..turn off the flame, garnish with fresh basil leaves.

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  • Serve hot with

Peanut chutney

Peanut chutney

Roasted daria chutney

Split peas Chutney1

Onion chutney

Onion Chutney


  • Make sure the cooked rice is cooled completely and grains are separated- mushy rice doesn’t taste good for this rice.
  • Left over rice can also be used.
  • Basil can be replaced with fresh cilantro/coarinder.




About Chitra Jagadish

My passion for Cooking & love to explore healthy recipes. This blog is a result from it and am here to share 'Recipes for Healthy living'...Its all about 'FOOD and HEALTH'

Posted on July 22, 2015, in Indian, Main dish and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 28 Comments.

  1. Basil, I like, but not coconut. Never mind


  2. Mr. Militant Negro

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negro™.


  3. I could eat coconut rice all day long.


  4. Wow looks so good! I will try this for sure!

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  5. I have some fresh basil at home.. will try this out 🙂

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  6. Love this Chitra. Thanks for sharing. Emma xx


  7. Hi Chitra I just nominated you for the Dragon Loyalty Award! 🙂


  8. Love all of this Chitra, looks so so yummy!!! 🙂

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  9. What a lovely summer dish. Yum!

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  10. It looks so tasty – I love the pictures.

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  11. Awesome recipes.👍😘


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