I know it doesn’t look like much.
In fact, it looks pretty darn boring.
But would I ever disappoint you with something bland and boring?
Mainly because I’d never eat anything bland and boring. Hence the vegetables.
It looks harmless, but it is dangerous.
I’m telling you, this is not just plain white rice.
It is actually jasmine rice, and until 8 minutes ago I had no idea what jasmine rice was. How did I ever live before Google?
A few weeks ago we were at dinner with our friends Cindy and Nick, and Nick ordered fajitas that came with a sweet, coconutty rice. I only had a bite, but I was hooked. I knew I had to make it.
Next time I would probably add some caramelized onion for even more sweetness. I doubt I’d add pineapple or any other tropical fruit, because I like the simple vanilla-coconut taste. As you know, I also am not a fan of chunks.
In my food or my thighs.
So, while it doesn’t look like anything special, I urge you to make it. Especially if you like your food a lil’ sweet.
1 cup jasmine rice
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 – 1 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
contents of 1/2 vanilla bean
1/4 cup finely shredded coconut
1/4 cup chopped sweet red pepper
Combine water, milk, and vanilla in a saucepan and add rice. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer until rice has absorbed liquid, about 15-20 minutes. This may depend on the brand of rice you buy, so double check the directions.
Stir in coconut, vanilla bean, and red pepper.
This is basically Mr. How Sweet’s worst nightmare. Sweet food that is not dessert?
He’d rather eat feet.
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Well, well, well, you’ve done it again! You’ve made another good dish, great!
This looks absolutely amazing. Bookmarking it now…carbs + coconut make such a wonderful combination. I might have to make this tonight if I can get my hands on some jasmine rice and coconut milk!!
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I love coconut rice. It is great on its own or with some black beans mixed in.
lets talk about these vanilla beans.
i keep copying down recipes that say “contents of vanilla bean”.
the thing is, im not quite sure WHERE TO FIND said vanilla bean.
i know how to cut into one, thanks to many many episodes of Martha Stewart, and probably a few blogs as well.
I know that the flavor does not compare to vanilla extract.
not even the PURE vanilla extract, which, is a stretch for me, beause – well – i’m cheap. And when i see the price of the PURE vanilla extract sitting RIGHT NEXT TO the more than half the price and larger bottle of immitation vanilla extract – well cut me up and call me Heidi, suddenly i am all for immitation.
I’ve gone looking for vanilla beans at the market.
First I will start in the produce section.
check near the herbs.
perhaps vanilla beans are kept by the basil?
Oh wait- no- they are a BEAN – maybe they would be located near the green beans.
could i just substitue a green bean? They are the same shape. I could slice it open on the seam, and slide out the contents…
no. greenbeans are a vegetable. SOMEONE i know would stop being my friend if i substituted green beans or vanilla beans.
oh – ok. no vanilla beans in the produce section.
maybe they are by the baking stuff.
why doesnt one of these aisle markers read “VANILLA BEANS HERE, YOU IDIOT!”
no back jello cheesecake with oreos on the box….oh my word…this looks extremely easy. I could make this entire cheesecake in the amount of time it is taking me to unsuccessfully search for vanilla beans. maybe i’ll just throw this in the cart…NO! you are on a mission. And you are a “healthy living blogger” you can’t make cheesecake from a BOX! [ ;) ]
ok… back on track.oh! maybe the vanilla beans would be in a little jar near the spices! You know, these supermarket people are PRETENDING to be type A. I mean – they alphabetize these McCormick spices – but lets face it – some of the placement of certain products (Read: vanilla beans) suggests that perhaps they have no idea what they are doing. It’s like that time I color cordinated my markers and then ACCIDENTALLY put them in the fridge, instead of the craft room (wine may have been involved) or when I decided to organize my DVDs by release date rather than title (wine may have been involved) or my tending to keep every piece of mail i get. in a big box. in my dining room closet. (laziness may have been involved.)
A – allspice.
i ask you. if i have “allspice” why would i need any other spices?
alum. what the HELL is alum. that sounds like it graduated from some sort of spice university. what, is this spice smarter than all the other spices?
anise seed. anise? like black licorice. ICK.
apple pie spice – now THAT is a spice i can get behind. I wonder if they put pieces of vanilla bean IN the apple pie spice. could it be extracted?
ok – skimming- skimming- skimming – Cinnamon Sticks! thats similiar to a vanilla bean. maybe. no? skimming – skimming – skimming – Majoram. Majoram? skimming. skimming. skimming. no vanilla bean.
NO VANILLA ANYTHING.
ok. ok. do not panic. let’s look at the extracts.
just in case.
OH! rootbeer! I could make this with rootbeer extract instead of vanilla bean! YES!!! that sounds AWESOME.
this, my dear, is why I have 7 bottles of various extracts and a list a mile long of failed recipe experiments.
Where can you get vanilla beans?!
There ARE in the spice section, in a jar. And cost an arm and a leg. :)
I love Heathers Daily Guest Posts on your blog… :)
oh, goodie. an arm and a leg.
you know how that makes me feel :)
(will now be searching for “clearence vanilla beans”. do they expire?)
I can’t remember if they actually have an expiration date, but if they are old they do get stale.
My aunt makes coconut rice, but less sweet (just made with coconut milk, none of the vanilla, etc) with peas in it. Its to die for. But this sounds amazing, and could possibly be turned into Island Rice Pudding? Yum!
Sometimes the simplest looking things are the best. I can imagine how delicious this is. The coconut must add a lovely summery flavour.
That looks wonderful…what did you serve that with?
Warm tortillas, shredded chicken & black beans…veggies for SOME people… ;)
I have a rice bowl that looks almost identical to the one in your picture! Sweet rice can be so good. There was this Thai place in San Diego that had the best rice dessert. My mouth is watering now.
I love coconut rice! I could totally eat it for breakfast!
Oooh I love this! I’m making this for my next pot luck! Looks so easy and tasty! I bet it’d go great with something spicy!
This rice sounds just lovely!!
Oh yum. And, that’s all I have to say. I could eat a side of this with your honey ginger chicken tenders!!!!!!!!!
Awesome! When I was in Thailand we had mangos with this super sweet rice and thickened coconut milk poured over it. I’m totally recreating that with this rice (minus red peppers :P). Now if only I could find good mangos in Wyoming….
This doesn’t look boring at all! Sometimes simpler really is better. I’m excited!
OMG Jasmine rice is the bomb! That’s all my husband ever wants know. Coconutty, pineapply, mangoy rice is soooo soooo good.
Keep the great dishes coming..I need the ideas!
Jasmine rice is the best! Only rice my
mom buys. I’ve always wanted to make coconut rice… Inspired me once again pretty lady!!!
Wow, I love this variation of plain ol’ rice! And jasmine rice is definitely one of my favorite varieties.
I love sweet rice, it has such a great texture and flavor.
This sounds great! I love rice, but I’ve never really thought about infusing it with flavours. If this wasn’t as sweet without the vanilla, I bet coconut rice would taste reeeeeeally great with Thai curry. :D
I love rice. I love anything Island Theme. and I bet caramelized onion would be awesome in this!!
one of my favorite thai restaurants has a dessert with coconut rice & mango. I know your issues with chunks… but it IS so good… maybe a mango puree… :)
i had rice like this once…it was with a super spicy ahi tuna and oh my gosh it was fabulous! i can’t wait to make it :)
I have friends that recommended cooking rice in coconut milk before, but I have never tried it. I will have to give it a try, since we do like sweet rice!
I think I could trick the boyfriend into eating this one…
I LOVE jasmine rice AND coconut rice! One of the first dishes I ever created i consisted of spicy black beans (1 can Goya black beans, 1 can Italian tomatoes, spices of choice simmered until thick) served over coconut milk rice! I made this for my parents and The Man on our first family beach trip out of town, nostalgia :D TJ’s sells a big bag of jasmine rice for pretty decent too which I like.
Looks good to me!! :-)
Oh my goodness. I don’t know if you know this about me, but rice (any kind) is my favorite food on the planet. I am SO making this!!!
Bookmarked, bookmarked, bookmarked. I WILL be making this as soon as possible, and I’ll link to you when I do. This looks wonderful <3
Google is a great invention :D jasmine rice is so good!
Don’t tell my MIL, but the only jasmine rice I had was hers and I (whispering) wasn’t impressed.
I am hungry for carbs today. ALL of them. This rice would fit right in.
That sounds amazing, like tropical rice pudding. I’ve been wanting rice like crazy lately, too. YUM Salmon kabobs need this!
I make a very similar coconut rice but the vanilla addition sounds amazing. I will add that next time for sure…and next time I suggest you try adding 1T of coconut oil…you might die :)
I seriously might. That sounds amazing.
Jessica, what are you doing to me?! I usually do not like rice…so why am I drooling so?!
I am not usually a rice person, but WOW, that dish looks fabulous!
LOL, you crack me up & I love your style.
Jessica, I was eating my lunch when I came across this post…and let me tell you, although stuffed, i’m salivating!!! I can’t wait to try this. I bet it would be so good with chicken teriyaki :)
My mom used to make me white rice with butter, cinnamon, and sugar. This kind of reminds me of that. Simply sweet and delicious.
i had coconut rice once at a restaurant and KKNEW I had to recreate it, but for some reason cooking with coconut milk intimidates me…its wierd how certain recipes intimidate me…like biscotti’s!! I have always wanted to make them but they scare the crap out of me!!
I think its time I face my fear and make me some delicious coconut rice!!
This stuff is good… I’m not normally a big rice fan, but I definitely think I’d love this. Yum!
between the rum desserts and the coconut milk rice, are you sure you’re not planning a trip to jamaica?
crazy day. omg. :)
Sweet rice, YUM! Will have to try this!
I had coconut rice for the first time a couple weeks ago, and it was phenomenal!! I am so glad you posted this recipe, because I was wanting to find one that was similar to what I had … and I think this may be … if not better!!!
Just ran into your blog tonight and HOLY SCHMOLY! The perfect post for me!!!! Can’t wait to make it :)
I am loving coconut right now! Must make this soon!
we asians love rice…i’ve tasted jasmine rice before and it tastes great…
but it’s addicting so watch out!:)
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