This healthy recipe for coconut rice is sugar-free and made with only four whole ingredients. It is suitable for pairing with savory Asian-style dishes but naturally sweet enough for dessert too!
This traditionally inspired recipe for coconut rice is perfect to pair with your favorite homemade Asian cuisine! It contains no sugar, unlike most conventional recipes. Coconut adds enough sweetness on its own after all! There is absolutely no need to add sugar.
In keeping with the wisdom of healthy ancestral cultures, this recipe also soaks the rice before cooking. This ensures maximum digestibility as well as safety.
Remember that worldwide arsenic contamination of rice crops is a very serious problem even in organic agriculture. Research suggests that soaking rice in water at a ratio of 1:6 before cooking reduces any risk by a substantial margin.
Rinsing the rice alone is not sufficient.
Of course, buying rice from reputable companies that test for arsenic regularly is an important precaution as well (this is the brand I trust).
A traditional approach to homemade coconut rice also provides for the option to blend in some bone broth to take the nutrition and protein content up a notch. I don’t suggest replacing all of the cooking water with bone broth as its savory nature would compete with the natural sweetness of the coconut. A small amount works fine, however.
Use your best judgment and taste buds as a guide!
Note that when the soaking is complete, the discarded rice water is not suitable for use due to the presence of dissolved toxins. How to make rice water safely for hair, skin, and internal use is provided in the linked article.
Soaked Coconut Rice Recipe (no added sugar)
This healthy recipe for coconut rice uses no added sugar. It is suitable for pairing with savory dishes and yet naturally sweet enough for dessert too!
- 2 cups white basmati rice
- 1 can whole coconut milk 14 ounces (397 grams)
- 3/4 cup filtered water
- 1 pinch sea salt
- 12 cups filtered water
Rinse white rice and place in a large pot. Add 12 cups of filtered water.
Stir until the rice is completely wet and settles to the bottom of the pot. Cover and leave on the counter for 4-6 hours or overnight.
Drain rice thoroughly in large strainer. Rinse one more time.
Rinse soaking pot with clean filtered water and put soaked rice back in.
Add 3/4 cup fresh filtered water, 1 3/4 cups (1 can) whole coconut milk, and salt. Stir.
Bring rice mixture to a boil, stir briefly, turn down the heat to low, cover and simmer until all the liquid is absorbed (about 15 minutes).
Remove from heat, crack the lid and let the cooked coconut rice set for about 5 minutes.
Fluff with a fork and serve!
Refrigerate leftovers for up to 5 days.
If using homemade coconut milk instead of canned, use 1 3/4 cups or 14 ounces (397 grams).
Do no use lowfat coconut milk, else the rice will not turn out naturally sweet enough.
If you like to use rice as a way to get more bone broth into your family, you can substitute 1/4- 1/2 cup of the water with bone broth before cooking.
Coconut rice goes well with just about any Thai inspired dish. I like to serve it with panang curry.
It is lightly sweetened enough to use for dessert as well. Freshly cut mango or seasonal berries work best in my experience.
Why can’t I Pin this recipe? It’s irritating!
Sarah Pope MGA
Perhaps it is a temporary bug of some kind. Try mousing over the picture and a pinterest button will appear. Click that and it should work fine. I can see that it’s been pinned several dozen times so the process is working.
I also like to make coconut rice using roughly equal parts shredded coconut and white rice, with a dollop of coconut oil.
Hi Sarah, Does sprouted rice also need to be soaked?
Sarah Pope MGA
If you are certain and very trusting of your rice source and feel that it is an arsenic free product, then you don’t need to soak as sprouting alone enhances digestibility plenty.
You just reminded me that we do a lot of coconut rice in Panama and is so delicious, creamy and buttery: you can use the can coconut milk, but there is so much more richness when you process your own coconut (I wish I have a video on how my mom does it at our farm in Panama…it’s cool!). I also think of the people in Panama that have NO idea of the arsenic contamination. I learned about it very recently from an article you wrote…People eat lots of rice in latinoamerican countries…so it’s sad. I try to share some of the information that I receive with my family and friends at least.
Thank you for always keeping us informed.