Coconut Rice

Halibut with mango salsa on coconut brown rice...

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My next food craving… aside from the amazing curry mussels I had at Bo-beau Kitchen + Bar.

Coconut Rice!  This should be a great accompaniment to my thai dishes and indian dishes.  Very excited!

Coconut Brown Rice

If you’re looking for a delicious way to cook brown rice, try this wonderful Thai Brown Coconut Rice! Coconut rice is a favorite side dish that works well with a number of different mains, including Thai and Indian as well as Western dishes. Normally brown rice tastes a bit too “grainy” for some people, and my husband used to be one of them until he tried this recipe. I hope you like it as much as we do!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes
Ingredients:
  • SERVES 3-4 as a Side Dish
  • 1+1/2 cups brown jasmine or basmati rice (I like Lundberg Organic Brown Jasmine rice)
  • 2 cups good-quality coconut milk (preferably regular, not ‘lite’)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2+1/2 Tbsp. dry shredded coconut (baking type)
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil, or other vegetable oil
Preparation:
  1. Rub the oil over the bottom of a regular-sized pot (you will also need a tight-fitting lid).
  2. Add the rice, coconut milk, water, salt, and shredded coconut. Stir and set over high heat. Bring to a bubbling (but not rolling) boil.
  3. Immediately reduce heat to low (just above minimum – around #2 on your dial) and cover tightly with a lid.
  4. Allow to cook for 1 hour, or until the coconut-water has been absorbed by the rice.
  5. When all (or nearly all) of the coconut-water is gone, turn off the heat, but leave the pot on the burner (covered). Allow the rice to sit for another 5-10 minutes, or until you’re ready to eat. Your coconut rice will stay warm in this way for 1 hour or more (a great make-ahead tip if you’re expecting company!).
  6. Fluff the rice with chopsticks or a fork, and serve with your choice of entree(s). If desired, coconut rice can be topped with a sprinkling of toasted coconut (simply ‘dry-fry’ 1-2 Tbsp. shredded coconut in a dry frying pan until toasted), OR top with a sprinkling of sweetened shredded coconut (as pictured here). ENJOY!

Coconut Rice

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  1. Just found your blog – I am definitely going to try this recipe! I’ve been trying to get my hubby to enjoy brown rice for a long time with no success. This might do it. He does not like coconut – but he doesn’t mind it in curries so this may be ok for him! Thanks for the recipe.

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