Coconut Rice Recipe – Rice Cooker

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Healthy Coconut Rice

Coconut rice is found in many different cultures across the world, especially where you have coconuts. I have come across it in several forms, sticky and non-sticky, like this one, mainly in Asian cooking. This simple coconut rice recipe will show you how to make some non-sticky healthy coconut rice in your microwave in a rice cooker.

non-sticky coconut rice
Coconut rice recipe

 

How best to cook fluffy rice

There are many different ways to cook rice: in the pan, in a dedicated rice cooker, in the Instant pot etc etc. But in this recipe I use a microwave rice cooker to cook my rice. The reason for this is that I find it is the easiest way to get good results. (I must admit, I do have an Instant pot, but have not yet tried it to cook rice as I believe it takes longer). 

In my experience, using a good microwave rice cooker, always gives the best results for non-sticky rice, whether you want pilau rice or coconut rice. I have a trusty old Pampered Chef microwave rice cooker (no affiliation), which is one of my most important kitchen utensils.

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I have had it for about 30 years and it is still going strong, even though some lifting lugs have broken off, it does not have cracks and still works fine.

It is is basically a plastic, slotted lid contraption with an internal bowl, which acts like a sieve, with holes in the bottom. You simply use the internal bowl to rinse your rice, and then to soak it for the required time.

I love the Pampered Chef brand as they are so durable, but the type I have is not longer available. If you are looking for one, make sure it is BPA free, and try and get one with an internal bowl with holes in the bottom – it is more washing up but you can also use it to steam vegetables for example.

And make sure it fits into your microwave!

How to cook coconut rice in rice cooker

When you are ready to cook your rice you just cover the rice with a level of water (and in this case coconut milk) and let it cook in two sessions of 5 minutes in the microwave on full power.

coconut rice with semoor
Coconut rice with smoor djawa

 

Nothing could be easier. You do not have to watch it and you can do other stuff in the kitchen. If you forget to reset the 5 minutes, it is not really any big deal. You do it when you have time.

I definitely recommend this way to make rice as it produces nice fluffy rice that is sweet with the taste of coconut. You can also just leave out the coconut milk, which will give you some nice clean plain white rice, perfect as well for many dishes.

I use this rice with many of the Asian dishes I cook at home, see some of the links below the recipe.

Good luck trying out this recipe, and please let me know how you get on in the comments section below!

How to make rice in microwave rice cooker

Coconut Rice Recipe - Rice Cooker

coconut rice

This simple coconut rice recipe in the microwave rice cooker can be used to produce some delicious fluffy coconut rice that does not stick together.

Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 41 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 2 cups of Basmati rice
  • Water
  • Pinch of Salt

Instructions

    1. Wash the rice well under the tap in a stream of cold water until the water runs clear.
    2. Soak the rice in cold water for at least 30 minutes.
    3. Drain the rice until the dripping stops.
    4. Place the rice in the microwave rice cooker.
    5. Add the tin of coconut milk and equivalent volume of water and a pinch of salt and stir well.
    6. Heat on full power in the microwave for five minutes.
    7. Remove from microwave and check water level. Refill with hot water to just cover rice if necessary and stir well.
    8. Heat on full power again in microwave for another 5 minutes.
    9. Remove from microwave immediately and remove inner bowl from rice cooker. Throw away any remaining water / coconut milk and leave to rest in the rice cooker for 5 minutes before serving.

    Notes

    Serve up with any Thai or Indonesian curry or stew.

    Feel free to add some shredded coconut for some extra taste if you wish.

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