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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.

Recipe adapted from Vegetarian Times.

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Caribbean Coconut Rice Yum
Caribbean Coconut Rice
Course side dish
Cuisine caribbean
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Rice Jasmine rice - preferably (I used Blue Ribbon brand long grain rice)
  • cups Coconut milk Light
  • 1 Ginger " - grated
  • 2 cloves Garlic - finely minced
  • 1 Cinnamon " stick
  • 2 tsps Lemon zest - grated
  • to taste Salt
  • ½ tsp White Pepper (or more to taste)
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 2 tbsps Coconut Toasted Unsweetened (optional)
Course side dish
Cuisine caribbean
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Rice Jasmine rice - preferably (I used Blue Ribbon brand long grain rice)
  • cups Coconut milk Light
  • 1 Ginger " - grated
  • 2 cloves Garlic - finely minced
  • 1 Cinnamon " stick
  • 2 tsps Lemon zest - grated
  • to taste Salt
  • ½ tsp White Pepper (or more to taste)
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 2 tbsps Coconut Toasted Unsweetened (optional)
Caribbean Coconut Rice
Instructions
  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.
Recipe Notes

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!!

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5 thoughts on “Caribbean Coconut Rice”

  1. I love this rice. I serve it whenever rice is required and the dish is not an Indian curry (I have another rice for that occasion). I’m all for jazzing up rice! Yours looks a lot prettier than mine though!

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