I’ve loved Thai food for years, we’re so lucky in Toronto have so many amazing Thai restaurants so when a craving hits, I’ll usually just order takeout. That said, I’ve definitely been inspired by some of the amazing dishes that I’ve tried, and the coconut rice is one of my favourite things to order.
Believe it or not, I actually prefer brown rice to white rice, so I opted for brown rice when developing this side dish recipe.
How to make coconut brown rice
Coconut brown rice is made using the same method you would to make any kind of rice, except half of the liquid is replaced with coconut milk. This adds a subtle sweetness to the rice. I also add a hint of turmeric, ginger and chili to add some spice and bitterness to balance out the sweetness from the coconut milk and then I finish the rice off with a touch of cilantro.
I find that rice can be pretty boring if you’re eating it all the time, that’s why I like making different varieties inspired by the regions I’m cooking from. I’ll make cilantro lime rice, which is a Mexican-inspired rice dish, when I’m making tacos or burrito bowls.
This spicy Thai rice is perfect for serving with Thai-inspired dishes like my curried coconut milk poached salmon or chicken peanut stir fry. It also works well with Indian-inspired dishes like butter chicken or chicken tikka masala.
Let me know if you give this coconut brown rice a try in the comments below.