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Indian Rice with Sesame and Coconut - Til Narial Bhat

This Sesame Coconut Rice is a classic South Indian dish that you can easily add to your lunches. You'll love the added nuttiness from the toasted sesame! It is super flavorful and vegan too.
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Course: Rice
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 7 people
Author: Chef Mireille


  • 2 cups Basmati Rice
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon ginger grated
  • 4 tablespoons light Sesame oil this is a golden-colored sesame oil available at Indian supermarkets
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons brown mustard seeds
  • 8 dried red chiles
  • 1/3 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup frozen grated coconut defrosted (or freshly grated coconut)


  • Soak rice for 1/2 hour.
  • Bring 1 1/2 cups water, coconut milk, and ginger to a boil.
  • Add rice and bring to a boil again.
  • Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook on medium-low heat for 20 minutes, until rice is tender and the liquid has been absorbed.
  • Heat oil in a wok or large pot.
  • Add mustard seeds. When they start to pop, add chiles. After 1 minute, add sesame seeds.
  • When the sesame seeds turn golden brown, add coconut, salt, and rice.
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