This Coconut Rice is simple; full of fresh coconut flavor as well as shavings of unsweetened coconut which makes it a perfect side dish to many of your favorite meals. Basmati rice is used in our version to give it a nice texture that doesn’t take hours to achieve. Fragrant, flavorful, and perfectly creamy, this will be your new go-to side dish!
A good meal is made better when you serve it alongside this simple Coconut Rice. You can make it to go with Indian dishes, Thai dishes and even your weeknight chicken too. The flavor from the coconut compliments a slightly spicy meat dish by taming the heat with its subtle sweetness and luscious creaminess.
Ingredients needed to make this recipe: Basmati Rice, Coconut Milk, Unsweetened Shredded Coconut, Salt, Butter Parsley/Cilantro (as garnish).
coconut rice – the perfect side
I know the struggle when you are looking for something new to make to go with your weeknight dinner … trust me! Since I was young I have ALWAYS had a need for different, I cannot eat the same thing throughout the week and feel satisfied and that my friends is okay. The nice thing with this coconut rice is that, as I said, it goes with so many different cuisines AND can be upgraded for leftovers the next day without being the same.
I will actually eat this rice on its own that’s how tasty it is! When I was doing the photographs for this I kept taking spoonfuls and mmming, so much so that my hubby came to see what was so good (ha!). We almost didn’t have enough left for the Curried Chicken Casserole I was making for dinner…oops!
faq when making coconut rice
is it better to soak rice before cooking?
In most recipes you will want to soak your basmati rice before using it, this will ensure a nice texture and allows it to cook faster. Essentially what you are doing is removing some of the starchiness from the rice which makes it sticky. However, with our recipe for this Coconut Rice I prefer to give it a quick rinse under cold water and stir it around to remove some of the starch but not all! I prefer a bit of stickiness with this rice, but if you don’t then be sure to soak it for 20 minutes first.
can you precook rice?
Absolutely! If you cook your rice ahead of time be sure to allow it to cool completely and place it in an airtight container in the fridge. Generally we will use it within the day, and always heat it thoroughly before eating. Now you should know, it will not taste the same as freshly cooked but it is still delicious! If you know you will be making your coconut rice ahead of time I suggest reserving 1/4 cup of the coconut milk and adding it in when you reheat it to bring back some of the creaminess.
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There is nothing more frustrating than your rice going down the drain when you are rinsing it off! We love the OXO Small Grains Rinsing Colander, which can also be used when soaking your rice (simply place it in a larger bowl and soak the rice in the colander, lift and drain).
coconut rice recipe
Sweet Basmati Coconut Rice
- 1 cup Basmati Rice Rinsed
- 1.5 cups Coconut Milk
- 0.5 cup Water
- 2 tbsp Butter (or margarine)
- pinch Salt
- 0.5 cup Shredded Coconut (unsweetened)
- In a large saucepan combine the basmati rice with coconut milk, water and salt. Bring to a boil.
- Once a it comes to a rolling boil reduce the heat to low and cover. Cook 15 minutes and remove from the heat.
- Cover and allow to stand for 5 minutes. Toss with butter and shredded coconut.
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