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Mango Sticky Rice Recipe

How To Make The Thai Mango With Sticky Rice Dish

mango sticky rice recipe

Thai Dessert, Mango With Sticky Rice
Few visitors to Thailand would have not tasted this mouth watering mango dessert. One of the reasons for the popularity of the mango sticky rice dish is that, few of us can resist the delicious flavour and taste of ripe mangoes. If you have ever eaten the mango with sticky rice dessert, the dish looks quite easy and simple to make. But the fact is that not many people know what exactly sticky rice is, and vey few would know how to cook sticky rice. Sticky rice is an important ingredient in the mango sticky rice recipe. We will therefore explain the process for cooking sticky rice within this recipe. Another ingredient that adds to the flavour of the mango sticky rice dish, is coconut milk. This recipe uses coconut milk and coconut cream so read the details carefully.


  Uncooked Sticky (Glutinous) White Rice.   120 grams / 4 ounces / 2/3 cup
  Coconut Milk   125 ml / 4 ounces / half cup
 Coconut Cream (Thicker than coconut milk)   45 ml / 2 ounces / quarter cup
  Palm Sugar or White Sugar (granulated)   3 Tablespoons
  Salt To Taste   Just 1 pinch
  Ripe Mangoes   2

Suitable for 4-5 persons


  1. Cooking the sticky rice: The sticky rice for your mango rice dish needs to be soaked for an entire night, so take this into consideration when you plan to make your mango sticky rice dish. Also, remember that sticky rice is NOT ordinary rice cooked with a lot of water. Check with the grocery or department store and make sure that, the rice you buy is clearly labelled sticky or glutinous rice. Step I Rinse the sticky rice in plenty of clean running water. If you cannot arrange for running water, rinse it in several water changes. You will know that the rinsing process is complete when, the water starts running clean. Now, pour fresh water into a bowl and put the washed sticky rice into it. The rice will need to soak for a whole night (around 12 hours), before you can use it in the second step. Step II Drain the water from the rice that was soaked overnight. You will now need a metal or basket type steamer. The metal steamer would have one container where water would be allowed to boil, and another container on top where the rice is to be placed. The container where the rice is to be placed will normally have holes in it. This container could also take the shape of a woven basket. Line the top container (metal or basket) with a thin muslin cloth (cheesecloth would also be fine). Spread the drained sticky rice on this cloth, let the layer of rice be as evenly spread as possible. You will now need to cover the container where the rice was just spread. Place this container over the lower container which would have water that will be boiled. Start heating the water, the steam generated as the water boils rises up and passes through the muslin cloth into the above container. This is what cooks the sticky rice in the above container. The cooking time would be around 20 to 25 minutes. You can check whether the rice is soft and cooked, turn off the heat when it is cooked.

  2. Working With The Coconut Milk: Remember that our mango sticky rice recipe had, coconut milk and coconut cream in the ingredients list. We are now going to work with the coconut milk, the coconut cream is used in the final stage of making the mango sticky rice dessert. Take a pan and pour the coconut milk into it, add the sugar and pinch of salt to the pan. Turn on the heat under the pan and keep stirring the contents, this will ensure that the sugar is completely dissolved in the coconut milk. Once dissolved, stop stirring and allow the coconut milk to start boiling. You will need to take the pan off the heat the moment the coconut milk starts boiling. Now, leave the boiled coconut milk to cool down.

  3. Adding The Coconut Milk To The Rice: You now have the cooked rice and the coconut milk that was just boiled. Your mango sticky rice dish is now almost complete. Take a bowl and move the cooked sticky rice into it. Make sure that the coconut milk that we just boiled has cooled down. Slowly pour this coconut milk over the rice (in the bowl), keep stirring the rice as the coconut milk is poured. The amount of coconut milk used should just about wet the rice completely. We are not looking for a watery porridge type of consistency. Once this is done, leave the rice and coconut milk mixture to stand for 15-20 minutes. The rice will now appear to have a shiny gloss, but will not be wet to the fingers when touched. Ideally the bowl should not have any coconut milk visible separately from the rice. Some practice is required in getting the right consistency. A slight mistake will however not ruin your mango sticky rice. You will improve your skills on this step after making the mango rice dessert a couple of times.

  4. Preparing The Mangoes: Having completed the preparation of the rice for your Thai mango sticky rice recipe, we will now start to work on the ripe mangoes. Take the skin off the mangoes, you will also need to take off the large seed from the center of the mango. Cut the mango into long slices, this is the conventional way to cut the mangoes to be eaten with sticky rice. Many Thais eat their mango sticky rice dessert using their fingers, not with spoons and forks. However, we have seen many first time visitors to the country, preferring to use spoons and forks when eating this dish. If you would like to use a spoon and fork to eat this Thai dessert, you might want to cut the ripe mangoes into smaller pieces.

  5. Arranging The Rice And Mangoes: The proportions of ingredients used in our Thai mango sticky rice recipe, are meant to serve 4 to 5 people. Lay out the plates on a table, use a large spoon and separate the sticky rice on to these plates. Arrange the rice on half the plate, on the other half place a few pieces of the sliced mango pieces. Remember that we have still not used the coconut cream in the sticky rice mango recipe. Use a spoon and spread a little coconut cream on each of the plate contents. Your delicious mango sticky rice recipe is now complete, the taste and flavour will surely impress everyone around you.

  6. Thai dessert, mango with sticky rice
    A close up image of the mango with sticky rice dish, you will notice the shine on the sticy rice. This is before the coconut cream is spread over the rice. The rice would have this shine, but would be quite dry when touched. The Thais normally eat their mango sticky rice dish with, an additional serving of sweetened coconut milk, to this is added a very small pinch of salt.

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    Additional Tips
    More than a dessert: Eating sticky rice with mango is considered to be eating a dessert in Thailand. However, looking at the wholesome ingredients in the sticky rice with mango recipe, you will agree that this is more than just a dessert. If you plan to have this popular Thai dessert with a meal, make sure that you have a light meal before going for the mango sticky rice dish. An interesting suggestion would be, to have a plate of Thai papaya salad   and then feast on this tempting mango dessert.

    Another similar recipe: There is another recipe which is very similar to the Thai mango sticky rice dish. The only difference is that, the mango is replaced with ripe durian. So if you rare looking for the durian sticky rice recipe, follow the steps mentioned above and replace the ripe mangoes with ripe durian. You should know that durian has a very strong and heavy smell. Many hotels and other places in Thailand do not allow durian to be carried into the room. If you are making a Thai dessert for guests or friends, you will be safer with the mango sticky rice recipe. Many people do not like the smell and flavour of durian, it does ofcourse have millions of fans too.

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