Murghi roti with nectarines and extra coconut

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This variation of Murghi roti was inspired by User:Apples - he loved his fruity food!

Murghi roti , (murghi ruti, chicken roti, chicken ruti): (rice cake with chicken) is a South Indian style dish made with cooked rice, cooked chicken and lots of spices.

This recipe only differs from the original by the addition of 200 ml of coconut milk instead of normal milk. Oh, and its accompaniment - nectarines. A fantastic meal.

Murghi roti with nectarines and extra coconut
Murghi roti served with nectarines
Servings:Serves 4
Calories per serving:944
Ready in:45 minutes
Prep. time:25 minutes
Cook time:20 minutes
Difficulty:Average difficulty
Recipe author:Chef
First published:8th December 2013

Best recipe review



If you love curries and spicy food, you'll never stop making this. It is really good.

The Judge

Murghi roti mixture - it's quite moist


Printable 🖨 shopping 🛒 list & 👩‍🍳 method for this recipe

spices The charm of this dish is the 'bite' of the whole spices, don't be tempted to grind them!


  1. Quickly wash and drain the rice but don't rinse it as you normally would, this dish is best with rice of a starchy consistency.
  2. Cook in boiling water for 7 to 11 minutes.
  3. Rinse the cooked rice in cold water until it is cold. Drain well.
  4. Add the rice to a food processor with a metal blade together with 200 ml of coconut milk and blend to a thick creamy purée. Remember, the inside is not going to change much whilst being cooked and will remain at roughly the same consistency as it was when first mixed.
  5. Heat the ghee in a frying pan or wok and stir-fry all of the spices for half a minute, then add the ginger and garlic and allow them to cook for a minute or so.
  6. Add the onion and reduce the heat a little and let them cook until translucent; about 5 minutes.
  7. Add the chicken, coconut and chilli to the onions, mix well and remove from the heat.
  8. In a large bowl, mix everything together.
  9. Lightly oil a large non-stick oven proof frying pan put on a medium heat.
  10. Preheat the grill.
  11. Add the mixture from the bowl to the frying pan and pat down so it is flat
  12. Ensure the mixture is evenly distributed and cook gently for about 10 minutes or until the rice cake has properly solidified.
  13. If it catches on the bottom of the pan, use a pallet knife to turn areas of the mixture over, the more crunchy bits there are, the nicer it will taste.
  14. After 10 minutes or so, finish the rice cake off under a hot grill to it's nicely toasted.
  15. Sprinkle with lime juice and serve immediately.

An easier way to prepare the grated coconut - Action coconut scraper with vacuum suction base - £8.98 Amazon UK

Doing a 'freezer clean out', we made a marvellous version of this with 1 chicken breast and a bag of cooked red kidney beans. The chicken was thinly sliced and sautéed with lots of crushed garlic and the kidney beans fried with the chicken and mashed down a little - rather like re-fried beans. This was added in place of the normally cooked chicken in this recipe.

A better way of cooking this

After making variants of this for many years, I've discovered the best method of cooking is to spread the ingredients out on a lightly greased baking tray and bake at 220° C (425° F - gas 7) for 35 minutes, stirring up the contents every 10 minutes. It might be an idea with a meat other than crayfish, to add the meat (or prawns) for the last 10 minutes so they don't dry out.

Baking tray method shown here with Crayfish and coconut rice cake with hot chillies

Chef's notes

Steamed chicken works well in this recipe - Follow the Chinese style steamed chicken using a quartered onion and a handful of fresh herbs instead of the Chinese ingredients.

See also

Peeling ginger

There is no need to peel ginger. As a result of attending a Thai cookery demo, we have learnt that peeling ginger is unnecessary unless for aesthetic purposes as the skin is high in fibre and full of flavour. However, do remove any bits that have become tough or woody.

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