Caribbean Coconut Rice

Vegan Mofo Day 18:

This recipe from Vegetarian Times has been on my list "to-make" for a very long time and last night I made it. It is very simple to make, but is packed with flavor. I wanted to add some Caribbean flavored tofu I had on hand to the rice, but the flavors were too bold and I didn't think my 3 year old would like it much. So I made just the rice (which by the way, the kiddo loved) and tofu separately (I sautéed tofu with some green onions & spinach and seasoned it with coconut milk powder, salt & pepper). Yummy dinner I should say and perfect for a weeknight meal.

Caribbean Coconut Rice

Recipe adapted from Vegetarian Times.

Vegan Mofo Day 18: This recipe from Vegetarian Times has been on my list "to-make" for a very long time and last night I made it. It is very simple to make, but is packed with flavor. I wanted to add some Caribbean flavored tofu I had on hand to the rice, but the flavors were too bold and I didn't t...

Caribbean Coconut Rice

Summary

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  • Courseside dish
  • Cuisinecaribbean
  • Yield4 servings 4 serving
  • Cooking Time30 minutesPT0H30M
  • Preparation Time10 minutesPT0H10M
  • Total Time40 minutesPT0H40M

Ingredients

Rice - preferably Jasmine rice (I used Blue Ribbon brand long grain rice)
2cups
Light Coconut milk
1½ cups
Ginger - grated
1"
Garlic - finely minced
2 cloves
Cinnamon stick
1"
Lemon zest - grated
2tsps
Salt
to taste
White Pepper (or more to taste)
½tsp
Sugar
1tsp
Toasted Unsweetened Coconut (optional)
2tbsps

Steps

  1. Rinse and drain the rice. Keep aside.
  2. In a medium sauce pan, heat 2tsp butter (I used Earth Balance butter). Add ginger, garlic & cinnamon stick. Cook for 1-2 minutes or until it starts smell fragrant.
  3. Add rice and sauté for 2 minutes or until rice turns opaque.
  4. Add coconut milk, 2½ cups of water, sugar, pepper and salt. Bring to a simmer on medium heat.
  5. Reduce the heat to low; cover and cook for 15 minutes (no peeking please). Let the rice rest for 5 minutes.
  6. Fluff with a fork garnish with toasted unsweetened coconut (if using) and serve with any Asian or Caribbean side dish.
Caribbean Coconut Rice
This is the first time ever in my life, the rice turned out perfect when cooked in a pot. I'm so used to cooking in the pressure cooker that whenever I try to cook separately in the pot, it either turns out to be mushy or undercooked. Do try this rice and the addition of lemon zest brings a new dimension to the taste. Enjoy!!
Caribbean Coconut Rice
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