Sticky Coconut Rice

by Anna on January 18, 2011

in Desserts

This sticky rice was kind of a revelation for me the other day at the Hollywood Farmer’s Market.There was this Thai stand and all around it this people holding this banana leaf thing, I couldn’t resist checking it out, so I went there to ask the lady what it was, and she told me that usually they have that for breakfast in Thailand.

Okay do you love Thai people even more right now or what? Rice pudding for breakfast? With juicy sweet mango all wrapped in a cool boat made of banana leaves.  Oh Boy! It was so good. So this weekend I was having this insane craves for Thai food and the best Thai restaurant here in LA is probably couple hours driving in traffic. So I thought screw that…I’ll try to make my own, I got my trusty Thai books and started my cooking. The house smelled fantastic and we had a yummy Thai night, sans traffic or lines, sipping delicious wine while cooking my dinner. It was fun. And for dessert I made the sticky coconut rice. I couldn’t find the banana leaves. Oh well…still tasted good.

Sticky Coconut Rice


  • 1 cup of Arborio or short grain rice
  • 2 cups of coconut milk
  • 1-cup sugar
  • 1-2 ripe mangoes, peeled and sliced
  • 1-½ cups of water


Rinse the rice once or twice, cover with water 2-3 inches above the rice line and allow soaking for ½ hour in a pan adding the water and sugar and cooking for few minutes then drain the rice and add to the coconut milk mixture. Let it simmer until the rice has absorbed all the liquid. Stir occasionally to keep rice from sticking to the bottom of the pot and burning.

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Tiffany January 18, 2011 at 6:35 pm

My sister LOVES sticky coconut rice. I’ll totally have to make this for her!
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Tiffany January 18, 2011 at 6:39 pm

I LOVE coconut rice and your photo is absolutely perfect, great job!


tamy January 18, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Tô vendo que você tá com saudade de casa… já postou uma receita brasileira no chefwanabe e agora um arroz doce aqui… ou tô enganada????

Beijok linda
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Anna January 18, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Hi Tammy, Hahaha! Vc esta certa estou morrendo de saudades da terrinha e seus quitutes. Mas essa sobremesa na verdade e da Thailand. Eles comem isso no cafe da manha. O povinho esperto. :-)
Beijos e uma otima semana.


steph@stephsbitebybite January 18, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Holy cow! This looks so delicious! I bet the texture of this rice is amazing!! I think I’m gonna have to make me some!


Sara January 18, 2011 at 9:34 pm

Ohhh and that final touch…the mango on top! Hmmm I want one cup, or two :)


Jenny @ meltingbutter January 20, 2011 at 2:50 am

YUM! I always have to order coconut rice whenever i see it on any menu…one of my faves…
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Stephanie @ okie dokie artichokie January 20, 2011 at 6:44 am

Mmm…looks so delectably toothsome! Love the addition of fresh mango slices, too. Really makes everything pop. Plus, I’m biased towards the fleshy fruit…having just added it to a crostini I made the other day.


Kori January 20, 2011 at 7:00 am

Yum! I like serving coconut rice with stir-fry instead of the usual plain brown or white because it just adds that perfect extra flavor.


emily January 20, 2011 at 2:52 pm

i LOVE thai sticky rice! so good


Julie January 20, 2011 at 5:35 pm

I bet this smells as delicious as it looks!

Thanks for the recipe!


denise @ bread expectations January 24, 2011 at 3:09 am

I already love Thai people LOL

Sticky rice with mango is one of my favourite Thai desserts – I wish you could try Thai Steamed Tapioca with Coconut Milk too!! It sounds so simple, but one mouthful and I swear Anna – you are ready to die with a smile on your face!

Your rendition looks gorgeous! Wish I could reach in the screen and take a bowl for myself *sigh*
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Jenn January 30, 2011 at 6:14 am

Hi Anna!
Mmmmmmmmm i love sticky rice, but I’ve never had it paired with coconuts. The Thais definitely do it best, they know how to live! OH man… I am so hungry right now. And your pictures are oh so lovely 😉
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Cynthia at Coffee On The Patio February 3, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Ok. Now have the main course for this weekend and dessert. Yummmm. As always Thanks Anna.
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Lori February 8, 2011 at 7:47 pm

How did I miss this post?! I adore mango sticky rice. I took photos of every variety we had while in Thailand. I had to have it every day! Incredible. Your version is beautiful!
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sarah July 17, 2011 at 9:46 pm

Oh, heaven! We have a very good Thai restaurant very close, but I just don’t get out much. They have the best sticky rice. This is going on my list to make SOON! I can’t wait. Thanks.


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