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Step #1: To Make Coconut Rice You Will Need:For a one-page printable version of this recipe, see: Thai Coconut Rice Recipe.
To make coconut rice you will need:
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- a medium to large pot with a tight-fitting lid
- 2 cups Thai white jasmine rice (Note: other types may not work with this recipe)
- 1 can good-quality coconut milk
- 2-3 Tbsp. dry shredded coconut (baking type)
- a little coconut oil OR vegetable oil
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Step #2: Measure Out RiceDrizzle a few drops of oil into the bottom of your pot and slather it around with your fingers - this will help prevent rice from sticking and burning. Then measure out 2 cups of rice and add to the pot (Serves 4 people).Continue to 3 of 8 below.
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Add Coconut Milk and Water.Add 2 cups good-quality coconut milk, 1+ 3/4 cups water, 2 heaping Tbsp. dry shredded coconut, and 1/2 tsp. salt. Stir together and place over medium-high heat.Continue to 4 of 8 below.
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Step # 4: Bring to a Gentle Boil.Bring to a gentle (not rolling) boil. When bubbles form on the surface of the coconut-water, and you hear the rice softly boiling, reduce heat to medium-low (around 2.5 on an electric stove) or low (if you have a gas stove). Place lid on tight and allow to cook 15-20 minutes.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Step #5: Check Coconut-Water.After 15-20 minutes, remove lid. Using a fork or chopsticks, pull rice aside so you can see down to the bottom of the pot. If there is still 1/4 inch or more coconut-water remaining, replace the lid and allow rice to simmer another 5 minutes. (In my case, you can see the bottom of the pot, so no more cooking is needed.)Continue to 6 of 8 below.
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Step #6: Allow Rice to Steam.When all or most of the liquid is gone, switch off heat but leave pot on the burner. Replace lid tightly and allow rice to sit at least 5 more minutes. The internal heat of the pot will continue to 'steam' the rice to create a pleasant, slightly sticky finish.
Tip: Let rice sit in this way until you're ready to eat. It will stay hot and moist for up to 1.5 hours - convenient if you're having guests!Continue to 7 of 8 below.
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Step #7: Fluff Rice.When ready to eat, gently fluff rice with chopsticks or a fork. At the same time, you can taste-test it, adding a little more salt if desired. If you like your coconut rice on the sweet side, add a little sugar.Continue to 8 of 8 below.
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Step #8: Serve Your Coconut Rice!Transfer coconut rice to a serving bowl. It's delicious as is, or top it with a little toasted coconut if desired. See links below for dishes to serve alongside your coconut rice. ENJOY!
To Toast Coconut: Simply place 2 Tbsp. dry shredded coconut in a frying pan and 'dry fry' it over medium-high heat for a few minutes. Coconut will turn light golden-brown and fragrant. Sprinkle over your rice and enjoy!