Level up your rice game by making this Coconut Basmati Rice. Make a big pot in 30 minutes or less and enjoy for days!
I think that knowing how to make a good rice side dish is a must. Change a few ingredients and you can have an amazing dish.
This Basmati Coconut rice is simply made with rice, water, and a few seasonings just like plain white rice but with coconut milk.
It has the nuttiness of the basmati and the creaminess of the coconut milk makes the perfect match. Resulting in very fluffy and at the same time creamy rice.
This is a dish popular in Asia but also in the Caribbean where coconut milk is used in many savory dishes. I even add milk to my Puerto Rican pigeon rice.
Why This Recipe Works
- It is a recipe that is pretty easy to make, no special chef technique to get it right!
- Is a recipe that you can even make in a rice cooker.
- You can even make it sweet by adding a few ingredients used in everyday cooking.
- Oil- I use 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil but coconut oil is a great substitute.
- Coconut milk- A 13/.5 ounce full-fat can of coconut milk was used. The coconut milk must be a good quality brand to guarantee you won’t have watery coconut milk. You can use light coconut milk but the coconut flavor will be less intense but it will still taste good.
- Water- I use 2 cups of water in this recipe to balance the creaminess of the coconut milk.
- Seasonings- To add more flavor to this recipe I added ¼ teaspoon of salt and ¼ teaspoon of garlic powder.
- Chicken bouillon- The 2 teaspoons of chicken bouillon are used to make the stock in this recipe. You can also use vegetable bouillon.
- Basmati rice- This recipe is made with 2 cups of basmati rice. Avoid whole grain as it cooks differently. I suggest sticking only to basmati in this recipe because different grains take different amounts of cooking time.
- Add 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1 tablespoon of coconut flakes to give it a touch of sweetness.
- You can also add lime zest, ginger, or scallion to elevate your rice. You can also top it with chopped cilantro.
- My favorite variation is taking 2 strips of bacon and using the fat and the bacon to give it a richer flavor. It is delicious.
How to Make Coconut Basmati Rice
Photo 1: Add the oil, coconut milk, water, and seasonings to a large pot. Mix everything and wait for the liquid to boil. Once the water is boiling, add the rice, stir, and cover. It is very important to cover because the steam is what helps the rice cook.
Photo 2: Once all the water has evaporated, stir your rice and cover it again. Finish cooking and fluff before serving.
- You can use any pan but I always find that a big saucepan is best. Just make sure to cover the pan to trap the steam while cooking.
- If you want to make sticky rice just add ½ cup more of water.
What to serve with Coconut Rice?
I love the combination of coconut rice and a fried chicken Puerto Rican style. You can have this with a fried pork chop or any protein on the side. A good beef stew Puerto Rican style or you can go with simple scrambled eggs.
While you certainly can soak it, is not really necessary. You will still have fully cooked without soaking.
While you can, it is not suggested. Because you will be adding more fat than the rice needs and that can make a very sticky, clumpy, not a fluffy one.
The not-so-secret ingredient is coconut milk, which should be a good quality canned milk. Do not use milk from a carton because it is more watery than the canned version. The chicken bouillon is the other part that helps complete the flavor of this dish. What the bouillon does is infuse the rice with a flavor that balances out the coconut flavor.
The first thing to do before storing is to completely let it cool. Then store your in an airtight container or a freezer bag. Keep in your fridge for no more than 4 days and in your freezer for a month.
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Coconut Basmati Rice
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 2 cups basmati rice
- 13.5 ounces coconut milk 1 can
- 2 cups water
- 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- In a large pot over high heat, add oil, milk, water, bouillon, salt and garlic powder. Stir and cover.
- Once the water starts boiling, add the rice, stir and cover. Lower your heat to medium-high and cook for 8 minutes.
- Lower the heat to medium. Fluff the rice, cover and cook for 12 minutes. Serve and enjoy.