Thai coconut rice makes a deliciously easy side dish that goes great with Thai curry or stir-fry dishes. This easy ric recipe is so simple to make and takes only 15-20 mins to cook, and can be done all in one pot meaning there’s less washing up to do afterwards. The rice is flavoured with a can of coconut cream which gives the rice a sticky but delicious edge. Thai jasmine rice is the best rice to use for this recipe but you could try other types of rice instead if preferred. This recipe makes 4-5 portions of rice, so if you’re only feeding 2 people half the ingredients so you don’t make too much.
- 160ml can coconut cream
- 250g Thai jasmine rice
- 2-3 lime leaves, fresh or dried
- Pinch of salt
- Oil, for greasing, optional
- Coriander, to garnish
Pour the coconut cream and 450ml water into a pan and bring to the boil. Rinse the rice in a sieve, tip into the pan and add the lime leaves and salt.
Reduce heat, cover and cook on a low heat for 15-20 mins, until most of the liquid has been absorbed. Remove from the heat and leave the rice in the covered pan for 5 mins before serving. Serve in a dish or oil the inside of a teacup or metal mould, press the rice into it and tip it out onto a plate. Garnish with coriander.
Top tip for making Thai coconut rice
Jasmine rice is also known as “Thai fragrant rice", this is an aromatic long-grain rice similar to basmati but stickier. It usually comes from south-east Asia and is less starchy than other sticky rices. The cooking time can be reduced by soaking the rice in cold water for about 30 mins before cooking.