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Vegan Recipe: Curried Coconut Rice

curried coconut rice

curried coconut rice

By Harriet Emily

This savory recipe was inspired by a restaurant dish while on vacation. Perhaps it will transport you to another place with its exotic flavor?

Ingredients, Serves 3-4

for the coconut rice:

1 cup white basmati rice
1 can light coconut milk
3/4 cup + 1 tbsp water
1 tbsp raw virgin coconut oil
1 tsp salt

for the curried vegetables:

2 tsp raw virgin coconut oil
2 large cloves garlic, crushed
1 medium red chili, finely chopped and de-seeded
1 medium onion, finely sliced
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 medium carrot, finely cubed/chopped
1/2 cup sweet corn
1/2 cup peas
1/2 cup bean sprouts
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp garam masala
1 tbsp medium curry powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp chili purée (I recommend 1/4 tsp if you don’t like it too hot)
ground black pepper, to taste (I used about 10 twists of the pepper grinder)


1. Firstly, prepare the coconut rice. Add the water, coconut oil, coconut milk and salt into a pan and bring to a boil on a medium heat. When the mixture begins to boil, add in the rice, stir together and cover the pan. Cook the rice for 15 minutes, checking and stirring every 30 seconds or so to avoid it burning and sticking to the bottom.

2. Then, when there are about 5 minutes left for the rice to cook, begin to cook the other ingredients. Add the coconut oil, onion, cumin seeds, chilli, and garlic into a large wok/frying pan and place onto a medium heat. Stir together and fry for about 1 minute. Then add in the carrots and continue for 3 more minutes. When this is done, add the turmeric, coriander, garam masala, curry powder, ground cumin, chilli paste, sweetcorn, peas, bean sprouts and pepper. Reduce to a low heat, and stir everything together until the rice is done.

3. When the rice has finished cooking, it should be cooked through and looks fluffy. The liquids should have been soaked up. When this is complete, remove the rice from the heat, and pour it into the wok with the other ingredients. Then, stir everything together until it is well mixed and serve. You can enjoy this as a side dish with a curry or enjoy it alone as a main meal!