How to make coconut rice


The rice with coconut It is a typical Latin American dessert that evokes all the tropical of the Caribbean in a bite. However, like most Latin American recipes, they have different versions, in this article we will show you how to make coconut rice Sweet, there is also a bittersweet version, which is eaten on the Colombian coast and is the accompaniment of fish, salads and fried plantain, its preparation is very similar, but without adding coconut milk.

Low difficulty Ingredients:
  • 1 cup white rice
  • 2 cups shredded coconut
  • 3 cups of water
  • 3 cups coconut or skim milk
  • 2 ½ cup hot water
  • 1½ cup sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 cloves (optional)
  • Cinnamon powder
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In this recipe, you can prepare two of the ingredients yourself, in case you have the time and the desire to do so, but you can find them in the supermarket ready to use.

How to make grated coconut

In case you don't have grated coconut, you can always do it in a more rudimentary way and is to buy a coconut, light the stove and place it on top. Go changing sides and when the shell starts to break you can put out the fire. Wait for it to cool a bit and finish breaking it with your hand or helping you with a knife. Remove the brown shell and extract the pulp and scratch it. You can also leave some whole pieces to add to the rice when it's ready.

How to make coconut milk

To obtain a more natural and preservative-free milk, place the shredded coconut in a bowl with the 2 ½ cups of hot water, stir and let stand for 30 minutes. Strain it, pressing the pulp against the strainer, in this way you will start to release the milk, to get as much as possible, wrap the coconut in a cloth and squeeze. Reserve the milk and grated coconut.


For make coconut rice cPlace the cup of rice in the strainer and put it under the water tap to wash it. In a pot add the rice along with the three cups of water, let it boil and lower the heat. Let it cook and stir it occasionally with a wooden spoon.


When the water has been absorbed add the coconut milk, salt, cloves, if you like its flavor, the cinnamon stick and the grated coconut. Increase the heat a little and stir again, when it has a creamy consistency add the sugar and cook for 10 more minutes.


If he already rice with coconut It has a thick consistency, turn off the heat and pour it into a container to cool. Decorate sprinkling ground cinnamon and placing pieces of coconut. You can eat, both cold from the fridge and freshly made.

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