A plan. A cook. A dish

by Jemma on March 20, 2012

in Recipes

As the sun is shining and the days become longer the urge to make food full of light and fresh produce, particularly exotic foods from tropical and far away places.  So, as I lay awake very early this morning thinking about of what to cook for Alfie when he comes home in a few days time (yes food is never too far off my mind), I remembered that we had a can of coconut milk still in the cupboard that was screaming to be used.  Initially I had thought about cooking a meat dish with a side of rice and peas, nice enough but nothing new.

As dawn started to break and the sunshine began to shine through the windows, mangoes came in to my head, which I thought would go great with the coconut and rice.  Ok, so coconut and mango is not a revolution in the flavour combination stakes, but coconut and mango rice dishes are usually served as a delicacy in Thai culture with the addition of sugar to make a simple and quick dessert.

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However, I was all about a savoury version as a side dish in a main meal.

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*Savoury Coconut Mango Rice*

Ingredients (vegetarian, makes 4 medium sized portions)

  • 2 1/2 cups of brown rice

  • 1 vegetable stock cube

  • water

  • 2/3 of a can of full fat coconut milk

  • 1 chopped mango

  • 1/3 cup of sunflower seeds

  • a handful of chopped coriander (optional)

Rinse the rice under cold water.

Place the rice in a large pan and cover in just enough water to cover and add the stock cube.  Bring the rice to the boil then turn the temperature down and allow it to simmer for about 15 minutes until the grains become tender.  Once the rice has soaked up all of the water it should be almost cooked.  Take off the heat and pour in the coconut and stir through.  Cover the rice with foil or with a saucepan lid and allow the rice to finish cooking by steaming it for around 10 minutes, resulting in fluffy rice.

Once the rice is fully cooked fluff with a fork and add the sunflower seeds, mango and chopped coriander.  Stir through with a fork until everything is well distributed.

Serve and enjoy!

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Also, most Thai recipes call for the use of glutinous rice or sticky rice, which take on sweet flavours quite well.  Nothing can over ride that wholesome nutty flavour provided by the brown rice.

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This would be perfect with any fish or meat dish, with a vegetable curry or stew, with baked tempeh or tofu or as part of a salad.  I’ve just made some of my yellow split pea curry which I’m going to have this with tomorrow…I can’t wait!

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sarah (onedayiwillseethesun) March 20, 2012 at 11:23 AM

this sounds so nice!!! Mango is my favourite fruit and i actually have a can of coconut milk in my cupboard bought it ages okay. I quite like the bbc good website as you can search by ingredients Im not yet confident to make my own recipes up.

Tamzin March 20, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Oooooo that sounds lush! Really fresh on the palate yummy, I hope ya man enjoys it x x

Karen March 20, 2012 at 12:06 PM

This sounds like a wonderful side dish.

emma March 20, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Wow this sounds delicious! I agree with Sarah that the BBC good food website is brilliant for ideas and has a breakdown of calories. Likewise I really like sparkrecipes for good ideas.

thehappyhealthygirl March 20, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Looks lovely! I’ve been trying to decide what to cook tonight and I think this might be it!

Healthiful Balance March 20, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Wow, what an amazing looking dish!! I never thought of using mango with rice before, but it does sound pretty good! :)

sprint2thetable March 20, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Mangoes or other fruits in dinner items is one of my favorite ways to take dishes to the “unexpected” level. This is such a gorgeous dish – I really love that you use coconut milk too.

Often I get inspiration from just reading restaurant menus. My dinner companions think I’m weird, but I need 10 mins to absorb a good menu. LOL!

bananahut March 20, 2012 at 4:58 PM

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Jentry Nielsen March 20, 2012 at 8:24 PM

This sounds delicious! I love mangos, would have never thought of topping my rice with it though! Great idea! :)

eatinglikeahorse March 20, 2012 at 8:51 PM

I get ideas when I’m lying in bed too, or driving back from work a lot of the time. I’ve got so many ideas that I never actually make though, I’d love more time!
This looks great, I think I’d have it for breakfast or pudding, I love mango and coconut together :-)

leashieloo March 20, 2012 at 9:04 PM

I haven’t seen any mangoes in my grocery as of yet. I could really go for one, it’s so nice out and perfect for fruit!

nicole marie story March 21, 2012 at 12:05 AM

Hands down, I shall be concocting this dish for Sir Edmund! Not sure if I could handle the rice because of my carb loaded bulimic tendencies, but I shall be absolutely happy to prepare this tropical goodness for someone that I care about! But if I were to “indulge” (haha), then I would absolutely dip every little last bit into a plate full of ketchup. Go on. Criticise my ketchup trashiness now. :) Lovely post, Celery and Cupcakes. :):):) xxx

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 22, 2012 at 5:36 AM

If I could I would eat ketchup with everything so I don’t blame you for your ketchup craziness! :)

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 22, 2012 at 5:36 AM

They are the perfect sunshine fruit.

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 22, 2012 at 5:37 AM

It would make a freak pudding too

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 22, 2012 at 5:41 AM

Restaurant menus are a great source of inspiration. Love that you take the time out to read them thoroughly :)

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 22, 2012 at 5:41 AM

It tastes really good with the coconut.

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 22, 2012 at 5:42 AM

Thank you! I hope you liked it!

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 22, 2012 at 5:44 AM

That website is great to get ideas. :)

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 22, 2012 at 5:44 AM

Thanks, me too!

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 22, 2012 at 5:44 AM

Thank you!

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 22, 2012 at 5:45 AM

Love that website too!

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