In India, coconut rice (Tamil:தேங்காய் சாதம்) is famous in the southern regions. It is made with coconut flakes (or grated or desiccated/dry coconut). One way to make this dish is to make the rice separately (preferably using a rice variety which is light and fluffy when cooked) and then mixing it with the coconut mixture (coconut flakes toasted in sesame/coconut oil and spiced with paprika, nuts, curry powder/leaves and other spices).
This recipe is made with ingredients that can be purchased in any American supermarket.
Chana Masala or Chole Masala is a popular vegetable dish in Pakistani cuisine & Indian cuisine. The main ingredient is chickpeas. It is fairly dry and spicy with a sour citrus note. The dish is found throughout South Asia, and is particularly popular in northern India and Pakistan. Chana Masala is very easy to prepare. The preparation time is about 30 – 40 minutes.