Sri Lankan Coconut Rice


This is a very simple, easy to make and yummy rice. This rice has mild flavor and spice and will go well with a nice spicy subzi. I had it with Rajma Rasmisa (Sanjeev Kapoor’s recipe). I got this recipe from my mom, and I just love this rice 🙂


  • 1 1/2 cup basmati rice
  • 1/4 cup ghee
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2-3 cardamoms
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated coconut


  • Soak the basmati rice in water for 20-30 minutes. Wash, drain and keep aside
  • Heat ghee, sauté onions and garlic till golden brown
  • Add cardamom, and mix in the washed and drained rice. Sauté for five minutes
  • Add salt, turmeric, and around 3.5 cups water to cook the rice. Cook the rice keeping the pan covered
  • When the rice is almost cooked, add the lemon juice and coconut. The timing of this step is important, else you could end up mashing the rice and other ingredients
  • Cover and cook until done

Enjoy the rice with a spicy subzi 🙂


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