Coconut Cilantro Rice Recipe

The vegan rice side dish is almost too good to be true!  It’s subtly sweet with the fresh flavor of cilantro throughout — and the pairing possibilities are endless, as it would be delicious with just about everything!Coconut Cilantro Rice Recipe -- you won't be able to get enough!This rice would be so perfect along side a spicy chicken dish.  I should know.

I made Coconut Mango Chicken plopped it right on top (pictured below).

It was so incredibly scrumptious!Coconut-Cayenne Mango Baked Chicken Recipe - Creamy, rich, spicy and sweet, the mango sauce makes this baked chicken over the top delicious!It would also be delicious for dessert.  I should know.  I might have had a few bites after dinner.  Though not a true dessert, it’s a bit reminiscent of Mango Sticky Rice, and is just sweet enough to satisfy a sweet tooth.

Any bits of rice that stick to the pot would be so yummy.  I should know.  I ate them.  All of them.

It would be a good idea to make a double batch.  I should know.  I barely had enough to share.  (And yes it does technically serve 4.)


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Coconut Cilantro Rice Recipe
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Serves: 4
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • ½ cup finely diced brown/yellow onion
  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 cups coconut water
  • ¼ cup finely chopped cilantro
  • a couple of turns of freshly ground black pepper
  1. Coat the bottom of a small medium-sized sauce pot with the coconut oil and place it over medium heat.
  2. Add the onions and cook until they're are translucent and soft, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the rice and cumin. Stir to be sure all the grains are coated with the coconut oil, and then sauté for about 2 minutes, stirring almost constantly.
  4. Add the coconut water and salt, and bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce the heat to the lowest setting, cover the pot, and cook until all of the liquid has been absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes.
  6. Stir in the cilantro, a few turns of freshly ground black pepper, and serve!

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  1. says

    Coconut and rice are a perfect combination! We often make it with kaffir lime leaves, but I love the idea of cilantro! Thanks! Can’t wait for the chicken recipe.

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