Our Golden Coconut Rice recipe is everything you could want in a nutritious side dish. It’s incredibly simple to assemble, very flavorful, and versatile enough to complement an assortment of main dishes.
The plant-based coconut milk adds anti-viral, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-bacterial benefits along with manganese and triglycerides. Since it is naturally lactose-free it can be used as a milk substitute for those with lactose intolerance.
Soaking the rice overnight is optional, but we recommend it! Soaking grains help to remove some of the naturally occurring phytic acid in the grain, which helps improve digestibility and speed cook time.
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Soaking time: 8-10 hours
Cooking Time: 25-35 minutes
Yield: 6-8 side dish servings
- 2 cups (dry) brown rice
- 1 cup carrots, shredded
- 1/2 cup leeks or green onions, thinly sliced
- 1 teaspoon lemon or lime juice (more to taste)
- 3 ounces coconut butter, diluted with water or broth, or 1can (14.5 ounce) coconut milk (full fat) diluted with water or broth
- 1 -1/2 tablespoons coconut or soy aminos
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon dry ground turmeric
- Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
- Salt to taste
- Garnish with fresh parsley or cilantro leaves
Rice Preparation: Night before
Rinse dry rice by placing in a fine mesh strainer under cool water. Once rinsed, put in a bowl and add enough water to allow for tripling in size.
Add a splash of apple cider vinegar and mix. Cover loosely with a towel and let sit overnight.
Preparation: Next day
Drain and rinse rice using a fine mesh strainer. Set aside.
If using coconut butter, dilute in 3 cups of water or bone broth. If using coconut milk, thin with 1-1/2 cups of water of broth.
In a pot with a tight-fitting lid, heat the coconut oil, add the carrots, green onions or leeks, turmeric and pepper. Stir to combine, fulling coating the vegetables with turmeric. Add the rice and stir completely.
Add the diluted coconut milk or butter and the aminos. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to low, gently simmering. Cooking time may vary. Open lid at 25 minutes to check for doneness. If more time is needed add a small amount of water, cover and cook for another 5-10 minutes.
When rice is done cooking, add a teaspoon of lemon or lime juice and salt to taste. Garnish and serve.