Coconut Rice


2 cup long grain rice(basmati)
2 cup coconut milk
1 1/2 tbsp. broken cashew bits
4 green chillies slit
1 stalk curry leaves
1 tsp. each cumin and mustard seeds
1 1/2 tsp. urad dal
2 tbsp. grated fresh coconut
2 tbsp. coriander chopped
3 tbsp. oil salt and lemon to taste
Wash and soak rice in salted water for 30 minutes. Drain rice in, keep water aside. Heat oil in a heavy pan. Add urad dal, seeds, cashews, stir till spluttering. Add chillies and curry leaves. Stir, add rice. Stir very gently, with a wide spatula till oil coats rice evenly. Add coconut milk, 1 1/2 cups drained water. Add salt, keeping in mind the water was salted. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, simmer covered. Stir occasionally. When done 3/4, add lemon. Mix very gently. Simmer till done and all water evaporates. Garnish with coriander and coconut before serving. Serve hot with raita.

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