Orange Coconutty Rice
By this time,you must have noticed that I make rice quite a bit.So,I try to spice it up differently when I make it so frequently,to keep the interest alive.This time I thought to add coconut to it.Now adding coconut in non-dessert dishes took little adjustment for me.It was certainly not something I was accustomed to being used in savory dishes growing up,in a manner it is used in South Indian dishes.
During my exposure to coconut inspired dishes,I have realized I do not like the smell of the food made in coconut oil.Sense of smell totally impairs the vision of otherwise good-looking food and tells my palate to stay away from the dish,to this day.However I have also learnt that in order to adjust your palate try it in small amount and in different forms.So I can eat the dish made with minced/liquified /almost invisible coconut fruit but not with the oil.This is how i incorporated this tropical fruit in my rice dish:
|Orange Coconutty rice||
- 1/2-2/3 cup shredded coconut(Dry or fresh)
- handful of cilantro
- 1 small onion
- 2-3 cloves of garlic
- 1/4 tsp black mustard seeds
- 1/2-3/4 cup of tomato sauce
- 1-1.5 cup cooked rice
- Blend coconut,garlic,cilantro,onion in blender until fine.
- In a pan,add oil,mustard seeds,when it starts splattering,add the blended ingredients.Brown it.Add tomato sauce to it.Add the cooked rice.Salt it per your taste.
- I served it with leftover chicken Tikka Masala.I was little worried,since I know my husband is not fond of coconut.So trick was definitely to eat it wrapped in chicken and gravy and it worked.I didn’t had to try it any harder.Everyone had second serving and no one complained.Always a winner.
- I added tomato sauce as last-minute decision.It looked too white and pale to me.This is how the name ‘Orange’ originates.
- Every rice grain was coated with the coconut mixture but it was not overwhelming and it was lightly fragrant,the way I like it.
- I used dry shredded coconut(not the sweet kind,you get in baking aisle).I was totally turned off to see the packet conained ‘Sulphur Dioxide’ in ingredient list,I am assuming as preservative.I am certainly going to make an effort to buy fresh coconut next time and use the blender to grate it.It is hard to avoid preservative always but in this case,it is not.