Coconut Milk/Thenga Paal Rice

Coconut Milk/Thenga Paal Rice


  • Rice ~ 2 cups
  • Peas (fresh or frozen) ~ a handful
  • Onion, chopped into thin long slices ~ 1
  • Coconut Milk ~ 2 cups
  • Water ~ 2 cups
  • Green chilies(slit lengthwise), salt ~ to taste
  • Fennel seeds ~ 1 tsp.
  • Cinnamon stick ~ 1
  • Bay leaf ~ 1
  • Cloves ~ 4


  • In a pressure cooker, add some oil (or ghee), and once hot add in the last 4 ingredients and saute for a minute.
  • Add the onion slices and green chilies to this, and saute until onion’s translucent.
  • Now add the peas and saute for another minute.
  • Add the rice to this and saute this for 3 minutes or so. This will ensure that the cooked rice doesn’t stick to one another. Take care to not burn the rice.
  • Now add the coconut milk, water and salt, give it a final mix and let it cook for 3 whistles.

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