How long it takes: 45 minutes
Number of servings: 2-4
The name itself suggests this is going to be not sweet but simple. This dish is prepared for Ganesh chathurthi and Navarathri ceremonies in GSB Konkani families. Now although people use Basmati rice for this dish, in my experience this is probably not ideal. The aroma from fresh turmeric leaves gets lost amidst the strong aroma from the rice. I therefore use regular Sona Masoorie rice. I encourage you to try each of these and see what you like!
What you need to have:
1.Sona masoorie Rice(old) – 1/3 cup
2. Water to cook rice – 2 and 1/2 cups
3. Coconut milk – 1 and 1/2 cups(extracted from 1 cup fresh grated coconut)
4. Light coconut milk – 1 cup
5. Turmeric leaves – 2- 3
What you do with what you have:
1. Grind fresh grated coconut adding water in steps to a fine consistency and strain through a strainer. Extract the concentrate milk and keep it aside. Again grind the residue in the mixi adding water in steps to grind and extract the dilute coconut milk. Strain it keep it aside.
2. Wash and drain water from rice. Add required quantity of water and the dilute coconut milk from step 1 to it & knotted turmeric leaves to it and cook it till extra soft. (The quantity of water could be reduced and adjusted with that of the quantity of second time extracted dilute coconut milk so that the quantity is enough to cook rice for extra flavour.) Rice cooked with turmeric leaf & coconut milk, water
3. Transfer cooked rice from the cooker and transfer it to wide bowl.
4. Add the concentrated coconut milk from step 1 to it and bring it to boil on low flame bringing it to the right consistency.
Concentrated coconut milk added
Cheppi kheeri being boiled & ready to serve
5. Transfer it to a bowl for a closer view of the dish. Some like to enjoy with a pinch of salt and some relish it with a tangy dish like the menskai.
A closer view of the dish
Good to remember:
1. Rice has to be overcooked for better flavor and also to thicken the dish after adding the coconut milk.
2. I used coconut from my garden. If you are extracting coconut milk on your own do not try it with a typical dry coconut. Insist on buying Bannangai – Kannada word for partly ripe coconut – when you shop.