Malabar Thenga Choru ~ Malabar Coconut Rice



Some foods that remind me of umma and yes, her umma, whom I so fondly called mattamma…. today I am going to feature one of it here. I made umma make it for me and took the picture of it to share with all of you.



Back home, on Fridays, my mattamma would make this with delicious beef curry and how good it would taste with that fresh coconut and all! Even now, when we go there to see her, she loves to make and serve this. Towards our side, biriyanis are not very famous, or are rarely made, you can say, mostly on occasions of weddings, but never at home. I am not sure whether this type of thenga choru is served anywhere else in Kerala, because I have seen it only prepared towards our side. The rice tastes really good with a spicy non-veg dish or with just a simple dal curry. Though not very well received by the men in the house, still umma makes this when she is bored of the biriyanis and the neychoru.


The best combination that we serve with back home is the Naadan Beef Curry. The first rice recipe that I had posted on my blog, Koonthal choru or squid rice, is a variation of this rice, to make it more like a meal in itself! πŸ™‚



Malabar Thenga Choru ~ Malabar Coconut Rice

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 3 -4
Author Rafeeda


  • 2 cups Palakkadan Matta rice brown rice - can use US parboiled also - washed
  • 1 tbsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1 cup grated coconut
  • 8 shallots coarsely chopped
  • 2 green chillies chopped
  • 2 sprigs curry leaves
  • 4 cups water
  • Salt to taste
  • A drizzle of coconut oil optional


  • Add all the ingredients into a pressure cooker and mix well.
  • Pressure cook on medium flame for one whistle and then leave it on low flame for 10 minutes. Switch off and allow the pressure to go by itself.
  • Serve warm with any non-veg curry!

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  1. A very different way of making coconut rice…delicious

    1. Thank you so much Kaveri…

  2. My favourite dish. The sweetness of the coconut and curry leaves gives nice flavour and taste to this rice.

    1. Thank you so much Eliza…

  3. this looks so tempting!

    1. Thank you so much Priya…

  4. Wow…..we too make this way…yummy

    1. Thank you so much Fasee…

  5. delicious rice recipe…

    1. Thank you so much Preeti….

  6. This is new to me we prepare coconut rice in different way….looks delicious..

    1. Thank you so much Resna…

  7. loved the happiness quote. my kids too tel me the same.. I wonder if it remains so ever or changes as they grow..:)

    1. Thank you so much Smitha… πŸ™‚

  8. Rice with coconut? Yes please all the way.

    1. Thank you so much Nava…

  9. Coconut rice is a nice idea!!

    1. Thank you so much Pankthi…

  10. new way of making coconut rice.. looks so tasty

    1. Thank you so much Veena…

  11. Yummy rice! Would love to have this!

    1. Thank you so much Beulah…

  12. Coconut rice has always been my fav…looks yumm

    1. Thank you so much Gloria…

    1. Thank you so much Shobha…

  13. This looks lovely and my fav!

    1. Thank you so much Lisha…

    1. Thank you so much Humi….

  14. Looks interesting and inviting recipe…… Lovely !!

    1. Thank you so much Sony…

  15. I have never had it..but Jacob has from his friends place and his neighbor used to make it, he says…and he keeps describing about this rice so I can feel the aroma and taste…I think its time I try it…It looks yumm…

    1. Thank you so much Anupa…

  16. Yummy and delicious dear …looks very inviting πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Asha… πŸ™‚

  17. Very easy way to make this flavorful coconut rice…..simply delicious!

    1. Thank you so much Sanoli…

  18. i just make coconut stir fry and add cooked rice or cook rice with coconut milk.. this is something very different.. healthy with matta rice too.. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Laxmi… πŸ™‚

  19. This is indeed a quickly made dish with a difference… I love this ……u r using palakkadan matta z d rice which makes t more healthy…Surely gonna try this πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Remya… πŸ™‚

  20. How was theerthadanam ? I guess a long post on that is coming soon.I am waiting :))
    I make something similar with white rice never knew matta rice can also be used instead.With beef curry it is chocolate to me :))

    1. Thank you so much deary… πŸ™‚

  21. Yes always happiness is with her (mom),my girl will be like me i guess .Every mom loves her moms cooking for sure ,mens no exception in this case .By the way ur rice is very easy to make and make a healthy meal …

    1. Thank you so much Sathya…

  22. Interesting recipe.. Looks delicious.

    1. Thank you so much Sreevalli…

  23. I have never tasted this version… its so easy and sounds very delicious too Rafee

    1. Thank you so much Rekha…

  24. Though I have heard about this rice a lot, haven't tried it yet, maybe because I'm not so fond of coconut, but my better half loves coconut, so I guess I should try this out soon.

    1. Thank you so much Priya…

  25. I love coconut rice too,looks tempting

    1. Thank you so much Harini…

  26. Wow,new recipe to me.I make it completely different.will try this way πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Chitra… πŸ™‚

  27. malabar thengachoru …… I love it.

    1. Thank you so much Sebeena…

  28. wow such an healthy and delicous thengai choru πŸ™‚ looks yumm !!

    1. Thank you so much Manjula… πŸ™‚

  29. interesting recipe…we prepare this a different way

    1. Thank you so much Ruxana…

  30. Absolutely love thenga choru. that's your cue to pass over a plate πŸ™‚

    1. It's all urs, Tisa… πŸ™‚ Thanks a lot…

  31. hi…we also make tenga chor jn our area too..but our style is different from u said,beef or mutton curry is the best combn…my mom makes delicioius tenga chor..she makes it rarely..its long since i had it…my mom used to make it with ponni rice..she used only fenugreek seeds,a pinch of turmeric and sliced shallots to the rice….rice is cooked with 1 cup of thick coconut milk and remaining with normal water…making with palakadan matta is new to me..i will try ur method, in sha Allah

    1. Thank you so much Faheema 4 writing in… good 2 know ur method… πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Shobana…

  32. It tasted delicious… thanks for the receipe….

    1. Thank you so much for trying…

  33. Umm Haalah says:

    Just like how my mum makes it, minus the curry leaves and chilli. Will try this!
    Where are you from in Kerala?

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      InShaAllah… πŸ™‚ I am from Tirur…

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