Brown Coconut Rice with Cilantro Recipe

Brown Coconut Rice with Cilantro
Brown Coconut Rice with Cilantro

Brown Coconut Rice with Cilantro Recipe

Brown Coconut Rice with Cilantro


Coconut milk, brown rice, coconut flakes, fresh ginger and cilantro are combined to create this simple side dish, perfect to accompany many Thai dishes.

You can also make this with white rice, which is usually my husband’s preference. For a healthier option, stick with brown rice. I’ve played around with several brown rice varieties and Jasmine works best (I was out so I used short grain). If using white, reduce the water to 1 cup and reduce the cooking time. If you wish, you can add a touch of sesame oil which I often like to do. The flaked coconut is optional but I like the subtle sweetness it adds to the dish.


Brown Coconut Rice with Cilantro

Servings: 4 • Serving Size: 1/4th • Points +: 5 pts • Smart Points: 8

Calories: 206 • Fat: 5.4 g • Protein: 3.1 g • Carb: 35.1 g • Fiber: 1.8 g • Sugar: 1.3 g

Sodium: 154.3 mg



1 cup uncooked brown rice (brown jasmine, basmati or short grain works well)

1 cup lite coconut milk (Thai Kitchen)

1 1/4 cup water

1 tsp grated fresh ginger

1 garlic clove, crushed

1/4 tsp salt, or more to taste

2 tbsp sweetened grated coconut

3 tbsp cilantro


In a medium sized heavy pot, add coconut milk, rice, water, ginger, garlic, salt and coconut; bring to a bowl over medium heat.

Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until all liquid evaporates, about 40-45 minutes. Remove from heat, keep covered for 10 more minutes. Fluff with a fork; toss with cilantro.


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