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This is rice cooked in a tempering of mustard seeds, split black gram and fenugreek seeds and garnished with coconut, providing a subtle flavor to rice.


Ghee (clarified butter)
: 4 tbsp
Mustard and fenugreek (methi) seeds
: 2 tbsp
Warm water
: 1 cup
Black gram (udad dal)
: 1 tbsp
Uncooked long grain rice (Basmati rice in India)
: 2 cups
: 4 cups
Grated fresh coconut or desiccated coconut shavings
: 2 tbsp
Salt and sugar
: To taste

Subtly Tempered Rice


  • Microwave the ghee (clarified butter) in a large deep microwave-safe bowl on high (100%) power for about 1 minute(s) or till it melts.
  • Add the mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds and the split black gram. Microwave covered on 80% power for about 3 minutes or till the mustard crackles and grams are dark brown in color.
  • Add the rice, water, sugar and salt. Mix well. Microwave covered on high (100%) power for about 12 minutes (stirring mid-way) or till all water evaporates and the rice grains are tender but firm. Mix in the fresh grated coconut.