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Coconut Rice by Master Chef Sanjeev Kapoor Khazana

In the diverse culinary landscape of India, Coconut Rice stands out as a humble yet deeply flavorful dish, especially cherished during the auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. Often, this dish is offered as prasad to Lord Ganesha, symbolizing the bounty of India’s coastal regions where coconut trees sway gracefully. The delicate essence of steamed rice is beautifully complemented by the richness of coconut and aromatic spices. Presented by Sanjeev Kapoor Khazana, this recipe is a tribute to traditional Indian flavors and the cultural significance they hold during festive celebrations.


  • Rice: Preferably a long-grain variety like Basmati
  • Freshly grated coconut
  • A mix of aromatic seasonings (like mustard seeds, curry leaves, and urad dal)
  • Salt to taste
  • Ghee or oil for sautéing


  1. Rice Preparation: Wash the rice multiple times until the water runs clear. Soak for about 30 minutes, then cook until each grain is separate. Drain any excess water and spread on a plate to cool.
  2. Tempering: In a pan, heat some ghee or oil. Once hot, add mustard seeds. When they splutter, add urad dal and curry leaves. Sauté until the dal turns golden brown.
  3. Introducing the Coconut: Add the freshly grated coconut to the pan and stir well. Let it cook for a couple of minutes.
  4. Marrying Rice with Coconut: Add the cooled rice to the pan. Mix gently, ensuring the rice gets coated well with the coconut mixture. Season with salt.
  5. Serve: Once everything is well combined, turn off the flame. Serve the coconut rice warm, and enjoy the blend of subtle flavors.

As Ganesh Chaturthi approaches, homes across India resonate with the chants of Lord Ganesha and the delightful aroma of traditional dishes. This Coconut Rice, among other festive dishes, not only satiates the palate but also the soul, bringing families together in celebration and gratitude. With Sanjeev Kapoor Khazana’s recipe in your repertoire, you’re set to join in the festivity with authentic flavors and cherished memories.

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