Coconut Milk Biryani/Flavoured Rice

Coconut Milk Biryani/Flavoured Rice

This is simple-to-make recipe for vegetarians. Here, Coconut milk is the core ingredient. This flavored rice can be had with a simple Onion and curd (yoghurt) patchadi/raita or with spicy chicken and mutton gravy. Today, I opted to make a spicy Prawns gravy instead. And, boy, it was a good decision. The combination was simply yummy and mouthwatering.

Let me get back to the biryani recipe. 


  • Rice - 1.5 cups (serves 2-3 people) You can use ordinary rice or Basmati rice.
  • Coconut - 1 (Large)
  • Onions - 4 (Medium sized)
  • Ginger Garlic paste - 2-3 tsps or as per your requirement.
  • Cloves - 4 (Medium sized)
  • Bay leaf - 2 (Medium sized)
  • Cinnamon Bark - 2 inch
  • Star Anise - 1
  • Oil - 2 tablespoon
  • Green chillies - 2

Method of Preparation:

  1. Add the oil to pressure cooker and let it become hot
  2. Put cinnamon, cloves, star anise and bay leaf in to the hot oil. Let it simmer for 1 min.
  3. Add ginger garlic paste and sauté it till it looks golden brown.
  4. Next, add onion and green chillies, and fry them until the onions have browned.
  5. Add water and coconut milk in this ratio: For 1.5 cups of rice, you need 3 cups of water (double the quantity of the rice). Out of three cups, use 2 cups of coconut milk and 1 cup of water.
  6. Add required amount of salt and then the rice.
  7. Stir in once and close the lid
  8. I usually cook in on medium flame and for 4 whistles. You can cook according to your cooker specifications. I like my rice to be on the softer side so I cook them a bit longer.
  9. Let the rice cool down a little and then you can serve the rice with Onion-curd patchadi/raita.

Here are some more pics.

Coconut milk biryani with Prawns gravy.

Coconut milk biryani with Prawns gravy.

Coconut milk biryani with Prawns gravy.

Let me know if you have tried this recipe. Hope you enjoy it.



  • Kishor Kr

    That looks delicious!

    • Sudhaa Gopinath

      Thanks Kishor!!

  • Jennifer Bobby

    looks yummy 🙂

    • Sudhaa Gopinath

      Thanks, Jennifer!!

  • Gopinath

    The prawn and the coconut milk briyani combo was ultimate. Prepared
    by my dear...

    • Sudhaa Gopinath

      Thank you, chellamey 🙂

  • Makeup Discourse

    Looks sumptuous! I love coconut milk in gravies 🙂

    • Sudhaa Gopinath

      Thanks for commenting. I love gravies made out of coconuts too!!

  • Navya Mariam Abraham

    Will definitely try this out!

    • Sudhaa Gopinath

      Do let me know how it turns out 🙂

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  • Bhawna Varshney

    Well I am a pure vegetarian so I will try this rice. Looking yummy!!