Can anything this easy be good—and good for you? No need to complicate a delish dish. Topped up with tropical fruits and shaved coconut, it’s comfort in a bowl.
- Black rice has more protein and fibre than any other rice. Plus, it has the highest amount of antioxidants.
- Try this dish for breakfast. Delicious topped with oranges, sliced banana, and toasted almonds.
- Don’t let saturated fats scare you. Many studies suggest there are good fats necessary for good health. Coconut milk is a saturated fat, but it contains healthy medium-chain triglycerides (MCT), which are fats suggested to benefit weight loss.
1 cup (250 mL) black rice
1 cup (250 mL) long-grain Thai sticky rice or sushi rice
2 – 14 oz (400 mL) cans coconut milk
1/2 cup (125 mL) coconut sugar
1/4 tsp (1 mL) sea salt
1/2 tsp (2 mL) vanilla extract
Tropical fruits such as kiwi, star fruit, passion fruit, and red papaya, for garnish
Toasted large flaked coconut, for garnish
Place black and Thai sticky rice in large container and cover with 3 in (8 cm) cold water. Soak for 8 to 24 hours. Drain and place in fine-meshed strainer lined with cheesecloth. Place in double boiler or over large pot of boiling water. Be sure strainer is not touching the boiling water.
Cover and steam for about 35 minutes over boiling water, or until rice is shiny and tender to the bite but still has a little crunch.
Meanwhile, place coconut milk, sugar, and salt in saucepan. Stir over medium-high heat just until sugar is dissolved. Stir in vanilla, cover, and reduce heat to very low. Stir occasionally.
When rice is fully cooked, transfer to large bowl and break up grains with fork. Immediately pour 2/3 of the warm coconut milk overtop and fold in to mix thoroughly. Set remaining milk aside. Cover rice with clean kitchen towel, and set aside at room temperature for 30 minutes to 3 hours to soften rice.
To serve, spoon rice into little dessert bowls. Pour a little of the remaining coconut milk overtop. Garnish with assorted tropical fruit and toasted coconut.
Each 1/4 cup (60 mL) serving contains: 228 calories; 3 g protein; 16 g total fat (14 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 19 g total carbohydrates (3 g sugars, 1 g fibre); 60 mg sodium