Feel like you were in the Caribbean with this Coconut Rice recipe

The use of rice as food dates back more than 5000 years.

Originally from Southeast Asia, the fruit of the Oryza sativa plant spread throughout Asia and Africa (specifically Egypt), then to Europe, and finally to America in the 16th century.

The use of this food has been so extensive that many countries have national and typical dishes where rice is the protagonist. And each of these dishes is the result of a combination of rice with ingredients typical of the region.

Having clarified this, we will now talk about a delicious meal that is very popular in the Caribbean as well as in Southeast Asia and many tropical regions. It is a dish that is characterized by its sweet touch that gives unique sensations on the palate of many: coconut rice.

In this post, you will learn about this delicious food that will leave you wanting more. In addition, we bring you a delicious coconut rice recipe that you can make with your family.

Stick around and discover this delicious delicacy!

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Coconut rice: a multicultural delicacy  

Coconut rice consists of white rice boiled in coconut milk and coconut flakes.

Because rice and coconut are commonly grown in the tropics, it is common to prepare this dish in many cultures around the world.

How many versions of coconut rice exist?   

Coconut rice is a very common dish in the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, South America, Central America, East Africa, the Caribbean, and Oceania.

Here are some of the countries where versions of this meal exist.


Coconut rice is a typical dish from the Caribbean Coast. It can be cooked in different ways, with salt or with sugar or panela. You can add raisins and its combination with patacones, meat, fish and salad is one of the most famous and loved dishes by Colombians.


It is a very common dish in the provinces of the Atlantic coast of the country and cities with a large Afro-Antillean population. It is prepared sweet or salty and sometimes mixed with grains, being very popular rice with coconut and pigeon pea, a grain widely used in Panama and other Caribbean countries.


In Burma, this dish is known as ohn htamin and is a ceremonial staple. It is often accompanied by fried shallots and salt, as well as Burmese-style sibyan curries.


In Malaysia, coconut rice is known as nasi lemak, and is considered a national dish.


In this South Asian country, Basmati rice is used to make this meal. It is characterized by mild coconut flavors obtained from coconut milk and is commonly served with curry.

Coconut rice recipe  

Today we bring you a delicious coconut rice Colombian coastal style. Here are the ingredients and the steps needed to make it.


  • 3½ cups of coconut milk.
  • 1¼ cup of long-grain rice.
  • 2 oz. of brown sugar.
  • 2 tbsp. of butter.
  • 1 tsp. of salt.
  • 1 cup of water.
  • 1 cup of coconut water.
  • 3 tbsp. of raisins.


  1. In an oven, pour the coconut milk into a recipient and bring it to a boil over medium heat.
  2. Simmer the coconut milk over low heat for 25-30 minutes, and stir constantly. The liquid should start to evaporate and its consistency will become pasty and will turn into small pea-sized balls.
  3. Simmer for another 20 to 25 minutes, and stir frequently.
  4. Lower the heat. The liquid should start to evaporate completely and the remaining milk solids start to brown. Continue to stir.
  5. When the coconut milk turns solid and takes a uniform golden color, add the rice. Stir to mix the coconut solids with the rice.
  6. Add brown sugar, butter, and salt. Mix.
  7. Remove from the heat. Add the water and coconut water. Stir until boiling over medium heat. Let it simmer for 3 minutes more.
  8. Cover with the lid and cook over low heat for 20 minutes.
  9. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for another 20 minutes.
  10. Remove the lid and softly toss the rice.
  11. Add the raisins and stir again.
  12. Serve hot.