yellow coconut rice
Yello Coco, how yah doin'? This dish is a real life-saver if you are heading out to a dinner party and everyone attending has shot-gunned the salad, starter dish or drinks.
Not only will you impress people with rice that isn't the standard white or brown colour *surprise*, but it also has coconut cream, an ingredient that will make pretty much anyone and everyone swoon.
"Cream", you say.
Anyone and everyone: "I am so in love with you right now."
So what are you waiting for? Let's get a million of the same thing in a pot of boiling water.
Brown basmati rice - Basmati is the true rice of paradise. It has the highest content of all rice for amino acids and essential nutrients and as is less processed than white rice, meaning it retains its whole-grain nutritional value. Rice also gets an A+ because it does not contain a stitch of fat, cholesterol, sodium or gluten.
Coconut cream - Coconut cream beats dairy milk hands down. It contains a richer source of niacin (aka vitamin B-3), meaning your nutrients are efficiently metabolised for increased energy and it helps produce sex hormones for greater reproductive health. The silky smooth cream has more copper and iron meaning resilient connective tissues (bye bye botox) and greater muscle mass (bye bye whey protein). Calcium is also not a problem. Cruelty, cholesterol and acidic-free! It's a triple threat!
Turmeric - This gold magic powder, a friendly cousin of ginger, has been used extensively for centuries in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine, and for good reason. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects, assists in blocking cancers and is a super strong antioxidant. Bring on the gold dust.
Garam Masala - An often forgotten-about, and hard-to-pronounce spice, garam masala, is a beautifully aromatic spice blend commonly used in Indian and South Asian cuisines. It provides the perfect balance of warmth and heat needed for optimal metabolism, promotes smooth digestion and contains all 6 tastes for a perfectly balanced dish. Add it to your grocery list ASAP.
2 cups brown basmati rice, soaked a few hours before
4 cups water
1/2 cup coconut cream
1 red onion, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
4 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
1 1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp garam masala
1/4 tsp chilli powder
1/4 tsp salt
Feel free to experiment and serve with desiccated coconut, spring onions, or a side of lentils, chickpeas or dhal!
1. Soak your rice in water a few hours before, allowing the grains to soften. When you are ready to rumble, drain the rice in a colander.
2. In a saucepan, add some water and bring it to the boil.
3. Add the onion and garlic and sauté until translucent.
4. In the same saucepan, add 4 cups of water and rice and bring it to the boil.
5. Cover and reduce to a simmer.*
6. Add the coconut cream, spices, herbs and salt and stir occasionally, allowing the colours to develop and consistency to thicken.
7. Let the rice stand 5 more minutes in the pan before serving.
8. Top your bright yellow rice with fresh coriander and edible flowers, and serve with a side of your choice.
* See your package instructions for an idea of how long the rice will take to cook but it should take anywhere between 15 - 30 minutes depending on if you have soaked the rice or not.