coconut sticky rice with mango
Mangoes are so cheap at the moment.
I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with mangoes. I love them green in a salad, I like them when they are a bit softer, not too ripe, sweet but still with a tang. But when they get really ripe I loathe them, they have a volatile smell that just makes me feel ill.
But this week I bought six perfectly ripe ones to make some mango with coconut sticky rice for dessert at my Mum’s birthday. This dish has become a family favourite after my sister spent a couple of years in Thailand. We all ate it when visiting and have all fallen in love with it.
It is easy to make and is so delicious, a combination of soft, sticky, sweet, tart and salty.
Every time I eat it, I can imagine I am in Thailand. Tonight is even humid and hot with a thunderstorm to add to the illusion…
- 1 cup sticky rice (also called glutinous rice)
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 2 tbs brown sugar or palm sugar
- a big pinch of salt
- 1 or 2 mangoes
- Soak the rice in warm water for at least 10 minutes and drain.
- Line a steamer with a piece of baking paper that is cut to be smaller than the steamer and punch a few holes in it.
- Add the rice onto the paper.
- Steam the rice for 20 minutes or until done.
- Soak the rice in warm water for at least 10 minutes with the water covering the rice by about ½ cm.
- Put a plate on top of the bowl to cover it and microwave on high for 3 minutes, stir and microwave for another 3 minutes. If it needs any further cooking, do this in bursts of 1 minute. It is easy to overcook and you want the grains still identifiable, not a bowl of mush.
- Once the rice is done by whichever method you choose, put the cooked rice into a bowl.
- Mix the coconut milk, sugar and salt in a small saucepan and bring to a gentle simmer.
- Remove from the heat and pour ⅔ of it over the rice and gently fold in. Don't worry too much about mixing it, the warm rice will absorb the coconut milk.
- Place a portion of the rice into a serving bowl, top with sliced ripe mango and pour over some of the reserved coconut milk mix.