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Malabar Thenga Choru

Malabar Thenga Choru is a variant from the usual Biriyani and is regarded as poor man’s biriyani. Malabar Thenga Choru is a tasty dish that goes great with beef dishes as an accompaniment. Malabar Thenga Choru is best served and enjoyed for small functions and occasions. Malabar Thenga Choru is unique and interesting with rice cooked with grated coconut and spicy ingredients. The dish is nutritious and is a filling wholesome dish. You can explore a well detailed Malabar Thenga Choru here that can be easily prepared at home.
Prep Time 45 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Cuisine Kerala
Servings 8 people


  • 1 kg Parboiled rice/puzhukalari
  • Shallots Few
  • 1 no Coconut grated
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Fennel seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Fenugreek seeds
  • 1 hand Curry leaves
  • salt to taste


  • For preparing Malabar Thenga Choru, first wash the rice well and drain it.
  • Heat water in a vessel along with grated coconut, chopped shallots, cumin seeds and fenugreek seeds.
  • When it starts to boil, add rice and salt as required.
  • Stir occasionally and cook it for 40-45 minutes.
  • Add curry leaves and put the flame in simmer mode to dry if it is wet.
  • Serve Malabar Thenga Choru hot with beef curry.
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