Kuttanad`s Rice Bowl


Kuttanad`s Rice Bowl

Pumpkin rice sandwiched with coconut rice
Prep Time 45 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Cuisine Kerala
Servings 4 people


  • 1 cup Long grain rice or Jeera rice washed and drained
  • 150 g Red pumpkin peeled, deseeded and cubed
  • 100 g Golden Apricot diced, ready to eat
  • 50 g Raisins
  • 1/2 cup Red capsicum diced
  • 1 no Onion chopped fine, small
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger crushed
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic crushed
  • 1 no Green chillies finely sliced
  • 2 tsp Biryani masala ground
  • 1/2 cup Coriander leaves chopped
  • 2 tsp Pomegranate molasses
  • 1 1/2 cups Boiling water
  • Ghee and oil, for cooking

For preparing coconut rice:


  • Heat oil in a pot. Add onions and cook gently for 5 minutes or until soft.
  • Add garlic, ginger and green chillies and saute for a further 2 minutes.
  • Stir in biryani masala and when aromatic, add red pumpkin and apricots.
  • Saute for about 3 minutes over moderate heat until the pumpkin is coated with the masala. Pour 1/2 cup hot water and raisins. Stir and let it cook(with the lid on) till the pumpkin is almost tender and the liquid absorbed. Pour the pomegranate molasses and stir.
  • Add the rice, stir over moderate heat until the grains of rice are coated with the biryani masala.
  • Add 1 cup boiling water, salt to taste. Bring to a boil and then simmer till done which will take about 10 minutes. Let the pot sit for 5 minutes. Fluff the rice and add coriander leaves.
  • For preparing coconut rice: Heat oil in a pot, add the spices and when fragrant add the rice and fry over moderate heat till the grains are white and plump.
  • Add enough warm coconut milk and check for seasoning.
  • Bring it to a boil and then simmer for 6 minutes till done. Let the pot sit for 5 minutes.
  • Add the orange blossom water and fluff the rice.
  • Half fill the bottom of a mould with coconut rice and pile the pumpkin rice on top. Press down to stay firm. Unmould to a serving plate. Garnish.
  • Serve hot with any korma curry and enjoy.
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Response (1)
  1. R
    Rajesh March 14, 2010

    The image looks so yummy, hopefully dish is also yummy. Thanks for sharing a nice recipe.

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