Basmati Coconut Rice Recipe

My Modern take on the Nigerian style Coconut rice.

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Coconut Basmati Rice (Makes enough for 5adults)


  • 1 tablespoon Virgin coconut oil
  • ¼ cup red onion (chopped)
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 2 cubes maggi
  • ½ teaspoon (cumin, dried pepper, curry)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3½ cups basmati rice (washed) (Preferably extra fancy long grain basmati rice. my preferred brand is “404 premium”)


  1. Place a large pot (with a good fitting lid) on medium heat; add in the coconut oil, wait 2mins, then add in the chopped onions.
  2. Sauté until the onion becomes translucent (3-4mins)
  3. Now add in the coconut milk, 2 cups water, maggi, spices and salt.
  4. Cover the pot, increase the heat to high and bring the mixture to a boil.
  5. Reduce the heat to low-medium (2.5 – 3 on numbered cooker), add in the rice, and stir.
  6. Cover the pot tightly and leave the rice to cook for 25mins.
    Serve and Enjoy!

Note: Do not open the lead while the rice is cooking, do not stir the rice at anytime during cooking.

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By |December 22nd, 2011|72 Comments


  1. Natasha April 21, 2017 at 10:21 am - Reply

    I would like to make this rice for 8-10 adults. Can you recommend how much I should increase each ingredient?

  2. peace October 7, 2016 at 10:16 am - Reply

    I will cook this delicacy for my husband dis evening, I hope he will enjoy it as his dinner.

  3. karen September 7, 2016 at 9:38 am - Reply

    well what is Jollof then?

  4. Katren Elliott September 6, 2016 at 6:01 pm - Reply

    Ronka do you still come to your recipe site? I have been reading Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as she writes of coconut rice in her book Americanah. She mentions using bay leaf.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie September 6, 2016 at 6:32 pm - Reply

      Hahh.. i live on here. I have never used bay in coconut rice, only jollof. That doesn’t mean others dont however.

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  6. Angela June 8, 2016 at 4:04 am - Reply

    Also under spices u said cumin. Wat is dt? Sory nt d cookin type so nt familiar wt sm stuffs bt wnt to learn. Tks

  7. Angela June 8, 2016 at 4:00 am - Reply

    Am ttying to get the recipes for this coconut rice so i cn make it bt i hv a few questions. Pls wich is red onions? Is it diff frm a regular onion and also the coconut milk; is it sold in can form or do i hv to go tru d extraction myself n if so hw do i do that. Thks for d site. Just stumbled on it now and i am excited to try out ur recipes.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie June 8, 2016 at 6:19 pm - Reply

      Red onion is a variety of onion that is purple/redish in color. You can buy canned coconut milk/cream.

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  9. deb February 11, 2016 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    Using normal rice, I’m guessing I have to parboil the rice, yea

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie February 14, 2016 at 8:10 pm - Reply

      No you do not have to parboil the rice. Use 1/2 cup more water and cook for 10 minutes longer.

  10. Nth January 21, 2016 at 6:44 pm - Reply

    Hi, I’m about to try your recipe (will let you know how it goes) and I was curious whether you think Maggi is better than Knorr or do you use/recommend Maggi out of habit?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie January 24, 2016 at 10:51 am - Reply

      It’s purely a habit thing for me, I typically use whatever I have available.

      • Nth January 30, 2016 at 2:32 am - Reply

        It was awesome (and I did use Maggi)! Easiest one-pot dish ever with rave results/reviews! I made mine with Indian basmati brown rice. I def had to cook it much longer than the 25mins, but it was a total hit with my BF. In fact, this recipe helped me sell him on brown rice lol. The first time I gave him brown rice, haha, he wasn’t having it. Now, he’s a convert, thanks to you! I plan on trying many more of your recipes. I made the oil-free efo and I served it with the coconut rice and he and I loved loved loved it. I can’t believe more people don’t know about your website. You (hopefully) won’t remain a secret for too long. Best of luck…

  11. Rose September 1, 2015 at 7:35 am - Reply

    What if I add crayfish, dry fish and stock cubes just as I do with my coconut rice? Will it still come out great? To be served without stew, though.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie September 2, 2015 at 8:36 pm - Reply

      Yes, you can definitely do that for a more authentic local taste.

  12. Caramel August 15, 2015 at 10:11 am - Reply

    Wow i am a huge fan of ur recipes i tried this for the first time and it came out perfect. You are wonderful. May God bless you. Keep it up.

  13. jennie July 18, 2015 at 9:02 am - Reply

    Pls the basmati rice do I parboil it lk our normal rice

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie July 19, 2015 at 10:00 pm - Reply

      No, there is no need to parboil the rice first.

  14. Mariam May 16, 2015 at 6:12 am - Reply

    Pls in place of coconut oil which butter is best use in cooking? Where can I get basmati rice in kaduna?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie May 16, 2015 at 3:12 pm - Reply

      You can use vegetable oil instead. Unfortunately, I am not sure where to get the rice in Kaduna.

    • Aunt Mo August 31, 2015 at 6:31 pm - Reply

      Basmati Rice is available from the shops along Alkali Road, or Dalema in Unguwar Rimi G.R.A

  15. kay April 14, 2015 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    I live In Allen, Texas

  16. kay April 12, 2015 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    Thanks for this recipe, please where do you normally get your basmati rice. Not satisfied with the one I got.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie April 12, 2015 at 7:43 pm - Reply

      I usually get it from my local super market. Where do you live?

  17. Nancy March 31, 2015 at 8:45 am - Reply

    What do you mean by blended red pepper? Is that paprika… crushed pepper or cayenne pepper?? I’m making it tonight 🙂

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie March 31, 2015 at 10:37 am - Reply

      crushed or cayenne… it’s just for some heat. I used Crushed.

  18. chinny March 28, 2015 at 5:30 pm - Reply

    I noticed that you didn’t add any meat broth. can I add chicken broth to it?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie March 28, 2015 at 8:24 pm - Reply

      yes, you can use that instead of water.

  19. Barbara Forson March 25, 2015 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    Can u post de bottle of de coconut oil that u used nd am wondering if I can get it from walmart

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie March 26, 2015 at 10:52 am - Reply

      any brand of coconut oil would work, just make sure it’s organic and unprocessed.

  20. ijay February 21, 2015 at 9:32 am - Reply

    Pls what can I use if I dont have cumin

  21. Deemah December 26, 2014 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for this recipe! Simple and straightforward one-pot cooking, but every single time I try it, it comes out delicious like something that took a lot of effort. I’ve tried different things like adding diced veggies before turning down the heat. Each time, it comes out perfect. In fact, it makes me overeat so I have to make sure I don’t cook it too much! Thanks again!

  22. tiana ufondu July 21, 2014 at 4:55 pm - Reply

    Plz was the difference btw coconut milk and coconut oil

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie July 24, 2014 at 6:10 pm - Reply

      Coconut milk is the product extracted from the flesh of the coconut after pounding (looks just like milk). coconut oil is extracted by boiling down coconut milk until oil residue appears.

  23. pumpkin October 10, 2013 at 11:47 am - Reply

    Sounds delicious. I am going to try this. Can’t wait!

  24. DERIN July 10, 2013 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    i intend to try every thing soon fingers crossed

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie July 13, 2013 at 8:17 am - Reply

      please let us know about your experience

  25. Dee June 29, 2013 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    I just made this tonight and *WOW*, it came out perfect and absolutely *DELICIOUS*!! I have tried several coconut rice recipes with mixed results; this was the first time it came out so well on a first attempt!! I really have to thank you so much for this recipe… now I need to find a recipe on your site for a protein to go with this delicious coconut rice… I’m thinking of your spicy chicken breast….

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie June 30, 2013 at 2:28 pm - Reply

      That is awesome to hear. please share the recipe with your family and friends.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie June 30, 2013 at 2:29 pm - Reply

      Try the spicy chicken breast or our chicken suya recipe

  26. babe June 28, 2013 at 11:44 pm - Reply

    Is thw coconut milk tin or refrigated coconut milk

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  28. Cannime October 8, 2012 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    Hiiiii.. Just made coconut rice with your recipe… Turned out great… Hubby is on second plate :d!
    I did not have coconut oil so I used a little butter to sauté my onions! Thankkssssssss

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie October 13, 2012 at 8:09 am - Reply

      Yeiiii!!! that is awesome to hear 😀

  29. DaughterherKing February 4, 2012 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    I will be trying it soon and would let you know it turned out..xx

  30. DaughterherKing February 4, 2012 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    pls when you say cup?? which kind cup are we talking ohh.. cos there are different types of cup size? so pls a picture or explanation will be highly appreciated.. food looks good. I admire you, you inspire me God will continue to inspire

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie February 6, 2012 at 7:00 pm - Reply

      Hi Dear…. cup is ~ 250ML…. I measure with cups used for baking, which i believe are universal.

  31. luvcooking January 30, 2012 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    I just love this recipe. I have made it twice now though with a different kind of rice. I will make it again using basmati rice this time around. Thanks for sharing.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie January 30, 2012 at 8:03 pm - Reply

      You are most welcome. Be sure to buy Extra long(Fancy) Basmati rice, that’s my favorite.

  32. fluffycutething January 25, 2012 at 8:26 am - Reply

    Inspired by this i made some this weekend. I added some locally roasted dry fish though. Not the extremely dried ones -panla is the specie infact.

    Twas nice….

    You still owe me those spaghetti recipes oh!!

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie January 25, 2012 at 9:55 pm - Reply

      Yes I do. I have one that has been seating in my draft for ages. I will post some soonnnnnn

  33. toebbby99 January 8, 2012 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    love this dish, will try your recipe. could you upload the recipe for sauced turkey?


    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie January 9, 2012 at 4:12 pm - Reply

      I will this week. Thanks for the comment!!

  34. Relentless Builder December 25, 2011 at 5:14 am - Reply

    I would not have believed you put pepper in coconut rice without reading the recipe. Nice spin! Thanks for sharing this original recipe.

    BTW, what’s that accompanying the rice? Stewed chicken?

    And of course, I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in advance! Cheers!

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie December 25, 2011 at 3:34 pm - Reply

      Thanks dear, the meat is sauced turkey. Merry christmas and a happy new year to you.

  35. Ginger December 25, 2011 at 3:19 am - Reply

    Merry Christmas Nwunye m! More cooking grease to your elbow 🙂

  36. Muse Origins December 24, 2011 at 1:31 am - Reply

    I so want to chow on this! Sigh. Happy Holidays Hon

    Muse Origins
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    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie December 25, 2011 at 3:35 pm - Reply

      Merry christmas love, the food is yum!!

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