The simplest and easiest to prepare among the rice dishes which I love to eat is kobbarannam or the coconut rice. If you have cooked rice, you can prepare this dish in a jiffy. If you have surplus coconuts (that always happen after our festivals) or on a lazy day when you feel like you have no energy or time to prepare anything, then this is the dish to go with. It is a satisfying meal on its own, any day. It is prepared with the simple ingredients found in any Indian kitchen. Today was my lazy day and I prepared kobbarannam for my lunch.
Rice - 1 Cup
Fresh Coconut, grated / Frozen coconut, thawed- 1/2 cup
Peanuts - 1/4 cup
Red Chillies, broken into bits - 8- 10
Oil - 1 Tbsp
Chana dal - 1 tsp
Urad dal - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - Few
Pepper Powder - 1/4 - 1/2 tsp or Few black pepper corns (whole or coarsely crushed) may be used.
Salt - As needed
Cook the rice.
Heat oil in a wok / pan and add the tadka ingredients in this order. Peanuts, chana dal, urad dal, mustard seeds, curry leaves and red chillies. Also add peppercorns if using. When the peanuts and dals turn golden brown, add the coconut, pepper powder and saute for a couple of minutes.
Then add the rice, salt to the wok and turn around the rice so that it is mixed well. Let it remain for a minute, Stir once again and turn off the stove.
Serve plainly or with chutney / Pickle.
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