Cashew-Coconut Rice



  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 2 cups water
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 4 tablespoons ghee, divided
  • ¼ cup cashews
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon chana dal
  • 1 teaspoon urad dal
  • ¼ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 3 curry leaves
  • 2 red Thai chiles
  • 1 green Thai chile
  • Pinch asafoetida
  • ¾ cup unsweetened grated coconut


1. In a fine-mesh sieve, rinse the basmati rice under cold water until the water runs clear. In a medium saucepan, add the rinsed rice and the water. Season with salt. Bring to a boil, then scrape the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon to avoid sticking and reduce the heat to a low simmer. Cover with a lid and cook until the rice is tender and all the water has evaporated, 20 minutes. Fluff with a fork and set aside.

2. In a wok, melt 2 tablespoons of the ghee over medium heat. Add the cashews and cook, continuously stirring with a wooden spoon, until the cashews are golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and season with salt.

3. Raise the wok to medium-high heat and add the remaining 2 tablespoons of the ghee and the coconut oil. Add the chana dal, urad dal, mustard seeds, curry leaves, red and green Thai chiles, and asafoetida. Stir constantly until the ingredients become toasted and fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the grated coconut and continue to stir until golden brown, 2 minutes. Stir in the reserved rice and cook for 2 minutes more. Transfer the rice to a bowl, garnish with the toasted cashews and serve.


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