Brown Coconut Rice with Cilantro

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Coconut milk, brown rice, coconut flakes, fresh ginger and cilantro are combined to create this simple side dish, perfect to accompany many Thai dishes.

Coconut milk, brown rice, coconut flakes, fresh ginger and cilantro are combined to create this simple side dish, perfect to accompany many Thai dishes.Brown Coconut Rice with Cilantro

The flavor of the coconut milk is subtle, and pairs perfectly with Sweet and Fiery Pork Tenderloin with Mango Salsa, Tilapia with Coconut Curry Sauce, Thai green coconut curry shrimp, to name a few. The photo above is the rice topped with the mango salsa from the Sweet and Fiery Pork.

You can also make this with white rice, which is usually my husband’s preference. For a healthier option, stick with brown rice. I’ve played around with several brown rice varieties and Jasmine works best (I was out so I used short grain). If using white, reduce the water to 1 cup and reduce the cooking time. If you wish, you can add a touch of sesame oil which I often like to do. The flaked coconut is optional but I like the subtle sweetness it adds to the dish.

Coconut milk, brown rice, coconut flakes, fresh ginger and cilantro are combined to create this simple side dish, perfect to accompany many Thai dishes.
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Brown Coconut Rice with Cilantro

206 Cals 3.1 Protein 35.1 Carbs 5.4 Fats
Cook Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 55 mins
Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Side Dish
CUISINE: Chinese, Japanese
Coconut milk, brown rice, coconut flakes, fresh ginger and cilantro are combined to create this simple side dish, perfect to accompany many Thai dishes.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked brown rice, brown jasmine, basmati or short grain works well
  • 1 cup lite coconut milk, Thai Kitchen
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1/4 tsp salt, or more to taste
  • 2 tbsp sweetened grated coconut
  • 3 tbsp cilantro

Instructions

  • In a medium sized heavy pot, add coconut milk, rice, water, ginger, garlic, salt and coconut; bring to a bowl over medium heat.
  • Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until all liquid evaporates, about 40-45 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, keep covered for 10 more minutes.
  • Fluff with a fork; toss with cilantro.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/4th, Calories: 206kcal, Carbohydrates: 35.1g, Protein: 3.1g, Fat: 5.4g, Saturated Fat: 3.2g, Sodium: 154.3mg, Fiber: 1.8g, Sugar: 1.3g
WW Points Plus: 5
Keywords: Brown Coconut Rice with Cilantro, coconut brown rice, coconut rice, how to cook basmati rice, how to cook brown rice

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59 comments

  1. I am terrible at making rice. I don't know whats wrong with me. I made a cup of rice and it was garbage. So I remade quickly with Quinoa. My guests loved it.

    I made with the pork Fiery Sweet Tenderloin and it was a great meal!

  2. Could i just make this with the coconut milk and water???? Would it be too bland?? HELP PLEASE! I'm making this tonight!

  3. I want to make again but my first attempt came out mushy. What can I do different?

  4. This was yummy, and smells great – I only had a teaspoon myself, but my 3 year old at a bowl of it, along with your curry shrimp recipe. Thanks!

  5. this was delicious. i skipped the grated coconut and added fresh lime juice – great recipe!

  6. Wow–ww friendly arroz de coco! Can't wait to try this as all we eat is arroz de coco as we're also Colombian!

  7. I also made this with the sweet and fiery pork. I used Jasmine rice. In order for it not to be pasty you need to use 1 cup of water or let it absorb all of the liquid. It took about 35 min for mine to turn out okay. You may need to let it simmer longer…?

  8. I made this tonight with the sweet and fiery pork. I used basmati rice , but it came out very pasty. The only thing i did different was double the recipe. Any idea what i may have done wrong? Roseanne

  9. I'm glad you all liked this.

    I always keep my Ginger in the freezer. I actually grate it frozen. It lasts longer!!

    I wouldn't bake this.

  10. This looks really delicious! I bet it would be great with quinoa as well!I have some coconut milk in my pantry. Might need to be making this!

  11. Can this be baked? As in your baked rice n peas recipe?

  12. Any way we can get a more accurate serving size?

  13. loved it, husband loved it, perfect with the sweet and fiery pork! we've been looking for a coconut rice dish and it is wonderful that it uses brown rice.

  14. Going to try this out tonight – looks delicious and excited for a new way to eat brown rice.

  15. Made this last night and it was delicious!!! I love coconut! I used unsweeted coconut and it lowered the points a little.

  16. I have everything to make this thanks!

  17. This looks great, I've never really made the swap to brown rice successfully, but now I think I might be converted, your site has changed my life.. I can actually see my goal approaching this year, thanks to you, now i can actually cook nice foods and eat them..

  18. THAT IS ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!! If only I had some coconut milk. Can any other milk work?

  19. Hi! I'm a new follower, and this sounds great! I will have to add it to my list of new stuff to make.

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  20. Gorgeous, simple – what's not to like