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Coconut Milk Pulao

  • Veg
  • 45 mins
  • Serves 2
  • Easy


  • Optional


Pulao – Pilaf is a rice dish that is eaten mainly in the Middle East, South Asia, and Central Asia. In this dish, rice is cooked in a broth that is seasoned.

In some instances, the golden or brown colour of the rice may be achieved by first lightly sautéing it in oil prior to the broth addition.

A blend of spices, other vegetables, and cooked onions may be added. The pulao might comprise dried fruit, fish, meat, pasta and vegetables subject to the local food.

Coconut milk pulao is a recipe from South India. It is made in the thick milk of coconut and served with raita. This recipe has a unique aroma resulting from the use of coconut milk.

Health Benefits

Coconut milk helps to build up the immune defences of the body and also helps prevent diseases. It enhances blood pressure, lower your level of cholesterol and prevent stroke and heart attacks.

It helps to lose fat and to build muscle. It prevents fatigue by the provision of electrolytes; it aids digestion, controls diabetes and prevents ulcers. Coconut milk also prevents arthritis, joint inflammation, and anaemia.

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How to make Coconut Milk Pulao

  1. Wash rice at least twice, for 20 minutes each time.
    1. Setaside after draining into a colander.
  2. Crush pepper and fennel seeds into a fine powder then set aside.
  3. Sauté the dry spices in an oiled skillet till they start to crackle.
    1. Add chilli and onions and cook till onions turn a golden color.
    2. Fry ginger garlic paste until the raw scent dissipates.
    3. Add pepper fennel powder and swiftly stir.

Note: Stir quickly or it will burn.

  1. Add the chopped vegetables and cook for 2 minutes,
    1. Add the mint leaves and cook them as well.
  2. Pour in coconut milk and salt, and bring to a boil.
  3. Drain water from the rice completely and pour it into the pan.
  4. Cook till the rice has absorbed most of the coconut milk.
  5. Reduce the flame and cover the pot with a lid.
    1. If cooking with a pot, cook till the rice is done.
    2. If cooking with a pressure cooker, cook for just 5 minutes and switch off without allowing the cooker to whistle.
  6. Shake up your coconut milk pulao and serve it hot.

If your kids love this dish, you can put it in the stainless steel Vaya Tyffyn lunchbox for them to eat during their school lunch break. The lunch box keeps the delicious meal warm until you are ready to eat it.


The word, “pulao” is Hindi, and it comes from Sanskrit pulaka (which means “a ball of rice”). The English spelling “pilaf” was from Modern Greek pilafi which takes after the Turkish pilav.


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