Birinji Rice – Infused with Lemon Stalk

Birinji Rice – Infused with Lemon Stalk

Coconut Birinji:(Version 2)

Coconut Biriyani, Thengai Biriyani. Thenga Biriyani. Coconut Birinji Rice with Lemon stalk. Coconut Pulav. Thengai Saadham. Lemon Stalk infused Rice dish.

My friend Mercy, who is from Philippines runs an International market…here at Oxford! She used to complain about, how locals never buy vegetables from her and that she will have to cook all the left over eggplants & bitter melons all by herself!! So I told her confidently, that I will take vegetables from her regularly!

She must be a great cook, I suppose! She used to narrate me her recipes for eggplants and pork sometimes…you know, there will be so much of life, when she talks…I guess she puts her heart and soul in cooking!! So stay tuned for Philippine recipes!!

Meanwhile, I bought this lemon stalk from her…had no clue what to do with it though’…had no mood for ‘Thai food’ either. So, made my regular coconut birinji and simmered lemon stalk in it, guess what…that was the amazing thing, I ever did!! The food turned fabulous, tasteee and what not!!


Basmati rice 1 cup
Coconut milk 3 cups
Lemon stalk 1 (but used only half of it)
Jalapenos 3 sliced
Garlic 1 whole head peeled
Onion 1 large sliced
Tomato 1 sliced nto wedges
Mint leaves 1 fistful
Fennel seeds 2 spoons
Bay leaves 2
Cloves 5
Cinnamon 1 stick
Cardamom 3 crushed
Ghee/ Clarified butter 1/4 cup.


In a wide slow cooker, heat oil. Add all the spices plus chilies. Wait till they turn fragrant.

Add garlic, onions, tomatoes, mint and lemon stalk. Add rice and salt. Give a quick stir.

Then add 3 cups of coconut milk, cover and slow cook till tender and nice.

Remove the stalk and then serve as main dish for lunch or dinner with spicy korma.


35 Responses so far.

  1. Asha says:

    I can imagine the aroma of coconut rice, great color too!:)

  2. kittymatti says:

    it looks sooo good, enakku venum! Excellent recipe!

  3. Oh Malar, I have never seen such a fusion cooking with Philipino’s and Indian.I can smell the Lemon stalk even from here.
    Sure Mercy is a great cook with all her soul dipped in the flavors. I am eagerly waiting to see more condiments from her cuisine.

  4. Pooja says:

    Great idea Malar. The dish looks delicious and tempting. Great shots too :)

  5. Sanghi says:

    Lovely idea, waiting for philippine delights..! Yummy brinji dear..! Check my blog for FIL season 2..!

  6. Malar, this seems like a great dish… Boy I can image how well they sould taste now…

  7. Great idea Malar, the rice looks very delicious,

  8. Priyameena says:

    Looks simple and delecious dear..I bet the lemon stalk adds a lot of flavor to the rice..I am eagerly waiting from you to get some philipino recepies..

  9. ARUNA says:

    looks great Malar….yummo!!!

  10. Le @HC says:

    Lemon stalk +coconut.. I can feel the aroma ..

  11. Vibaas says:

    mmmm..i had brinji at a friend’s place lon…g back. brings back some memories. looks good!

  12. Jaya says:

    looks so good ..with lemon flavor it must smell great …
    hugs and smiles

  13. Priya says:

    Thats a brilliant idea of making fusion between two cuisines, can imagine the aroma of this rice! looks yummy!

  14. sangeeta says:

    nice twist……i like the lemon n coconut combo.

  15. coconut and lemon stalk, great combination I love too;

    the preparartion is new and richly flavored with mint and the noble spices; I would content this with just a side dish, no kormas or curries, appadiyey sappittu viduven :)

  16. Kay says:

    What a wonderful idea to add lemon stalk to coconut brinji! that picture is teasing my tastebuds. :)

  17. Ashwini says:

    Nice combination of lemon grass and coconut. Looks delicious.

  18. niya says:

    Hi Malar


    Of course, It’s different !!!


  19. Ushanandini says:

    Frankly, I have never used Lemon stalk in my cooking! Creative and flavored Rice! Now , I am hungry.

  20. Madhumathi says:

    I could smell the aroma here..Im sure this rice taste delicious!!

  21. Astra Libris says:

    Oh my, just look at all the gorgeous colors and flavors! Such a beautiful recipe!

  22. wow.. looks perfect & delicious…nice entry,,..

  23. Deepa Hari says:

    i can smell the aroma here Malar….lovely rice.

  24. coconut rice looks great.. i am getting hungry seeing this malar!

  25. Sweta says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog Malar :)
    Birinji rice-how interesting. Initially I thought it was a typo error for Brinjal rice ;)
    I’m from the coastal areas and our food has lots of coconut-so I’m sure to love this!!

  26. Cynthia says:

    I know that this tastes great!

  27. Pooja says:

    Looks nice Malar..

  28. Padma says:

    Good try with lemon stalk… brinji looks very delicious…

  29. Renuka says:

    Wow…rice in coconut milk..yum!!

  30. Priya Sriram says:

    Thats a very interesting and yummy brinji rice! Looks amazing! :)

  31. Pavithra says:

    Everyones favourite and thanks for ur lovely comments in my blog

  32. Ann says:

    Hey thats a sweet idea to use lemon stalk into your Birinji..Looks like light flavoured and appealing…Malar,the birinji stirrs some of my taste buds..oops
    Btw,expecting Philippines food..

  33. Valarmathi says:

    Looks yummy and delicious.

  34. Ana Powell says:

    Wow, Malar
    This one must be the king of the rices.
    Beautiful recipe, loved the ingredients.
    Ana x

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