Sarina’s Coconut Rice With Lentils and Cashews (recipe)

This recipe is a staple side dish of mine that I’ve adapted and modified at length through the years. Both colorful and flavourful I think it creates a texturally interesting background for spicy curries and other East Indian flavoured entrees. Why not try it with Tridoshic Dal, Coconut Chicken Curry, or Vegetable Curry in a Hurry? :)

Coconut Rice with Lentils and Cashews

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 lb. basmati rice
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon stone ground mustard
1 teaspoon urad dhal or brown lentils
1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon madras curry powder
2 ounces fresh coconut, grated
1 ounce unsalted roasted cashews
salt and pepper

METHOD:

1. Put the rice in a sieve and rinse under cold running water until the water runs clear.
2. Bring 2 cups lightly salted water to the boil in a large pan.
3. Add the rice, bring back to the boil and cook for 20 minutes.
4. Drain and return to the pan, then cover with a tight-fitting lid.
5. In a small pan, heat the oil, add the mustard seeds and cook for 1 minute until the seeds start to pop.
6. Add the lentils, red pepper flakes and curry powder and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently, until the lentils are golden.
7. Stir in the coconut and cook over a low heat for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.


8. Toss with the rice and nuts and spoon into a warmed serving dish.
9. Garnish with red pepper flakes

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This post was originally published October 6, 2009. It has been updated twice since then.

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  • http://chennette.net Chennette

    ohhh, rice with coconut, and nuts, mmmm :-)
    .-= Chennette´s last blog ..Sawine Rules (Eid Recipe) =-.

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      Had a rice with coconut and raisins at the Hospitality Institute yesterday. It was soo good! Totally gonna recreate :D

  • http://chennette.net Chennette

    ohhh, rice with coconut, and nuts, mmmm :-)
    .-= Chennette´s last blog ..Sawine Rules (Eid Recipe) =-.

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      Had a rice with coconut and raisins at the Hospitality Institute yesterday. It was soo good! Totally gonna recreate :D

  • http://www.divinetaste.com anushruti

    This looks so delicious!
    .-= anushruti´s last blog ..Saffron, Lemon and Coconut Cupcakes with Saffron and Lemon Butter cream frosting =-.

  • http://www.divinetaste.com anushruti

    This looks so delicious!
    .-= anushruti´s last blog ..Saffron, Lemon and Coconut Cupcakes with Saffron and Lemon Butter cream frosting =-.

  • http://www.tasteofbeirut.com tasteofbeirut

    I have never tried making rice this way and you have made me want to!

  • http://www.tasteofbeirut.com tasteofbeirut

    I have never tried making rice this way and you have made me want to!

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  • http://Enteryourwebsite... J. Paris

    I don´t know what´s wrong here in Panama. Now a day, the young people of west indian are not interested to learn to cook these caribbean recipes. Thanyou Sarina for including me in your Trinigourmet e-zine community. I love this kind of food.

    • http://www.SarinaNow.com Sarina

      I’m so glad to hear that you are enjoying the site! I am sorry to hear that the Caribbean descent youth in Panama are letting go of these dishes. That often happens after several generations however hopefully some will get curious again :)

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