Onion and Coconut Rice


Greetings from Kodaikanal. The husband decided suddenly that he needs a vacation. So we did last minute bookings as usual and came here. So the dishes for this week are more to do with clearing out the refrigerator and making do with whatever I had available.

As they say necessity is the mother of invention, this onion coconut rice is a necessity driven invention of mine and it tastes wonderful, if I may say so myself. It is a simple dish to cook with grated coconut , fried onions and bright red chillies. I also added some croutons because I had one slice of bread left and thought it would make for a good crunch. The aroma is fantastic and the taste is a nice burst of flavours. As most of my recipes, this is a quick fix and can be rustled up in a jiffy.


Serves 1-2


1/2 cup Basmati rice / rice

2 tsp Oil

2 tbsp Coconut, grated

2 tbsp Fried onion

1-2 Red chillies

1/2 tsp Cumin seeds

2-3 Garlic cloves (optional)

8-10 Bread croutons (See Notes)




  • Soak the basmati rice for 15 minutes and drain
  • Cook it as per your usual procedure and set aside to cool
  • In a mixer jar, take grated coconut, fried onions, red chillies and cumin seeds
  • Blend to a coarse powder
  • Heat a pan and add oil
  • Add the onion and coconut powder and fry for 3-4 minutes on medium heat
  • Sauté with a ladle frequently
  • Add the cooked rice and salt
  • Mix well to combine
  • Cook it on low heat for 3-4 minutes
  • Serve warm with papad or raita
  • Enjoy!


This is my post for the Biryani / Pulao / Khichadi for the alphabet ‘O’


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10 Comments Add yours

  1. Enjoy your vacation Sowmya !
    And to rustle up a dish at the last minute is quite a task . Interesting rice and the addition of croutons reminds me of a Jodhpuri Pulao – kabooli or Quabli !
    Excellent pick !

  2. Onion and coconut rice looks so delicious. Love the addition of croutons

  3. harini says:

    Adding croutons is an awesome idea. Good one Sowmya. Btw, did you change your domain name??

  4. Suma Gandlur says:

    We visited Kodaikanal last July when we visited India. Seems like a right time to visit when the summer is almost at peak.. Enjoy your vacation.
    And ‘cleaning up the refrigerator’ mission has resulted in a simple yet flavorful rice dish.

  5. ah ! Kodai is bliss at this time of the year.. enjoy ur vacation.. I am especially loving the rice with the brread crotons and coconut flavours !

  6. Coconut,fried onions and croutons in reading only I started drooling 🙂

  7. I have never tried adding onions and coconut. The rice looks so yum. And the addition of croutons add a nice texture to the rice.

  8. Srivalli Jetti says:

    The quick fix has surely turned out great sowmya. Enjoy your vacations.

  9. srividhya says:

    Hope you had a great vacation… Coconut and onion is the best combo. Guess what, I made onion biryani as well. Love the idea of adding bread croutons.

  10. Renu Agrawal Dongre says:

    onion and coocnut rice looks yum and delcious. super inviting bowl.

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