We're very excited to be working with Thai Food Online this week to showcase some lovely Thai dishes for their newest one-click feature where you can literally choose a recipe on their website, and add all ingredients to cart! Super convenient when you're thinking of cooking something special and Asian inspired for Valentine's Day but not sure where to get all the special ingredients.
We know you all love sweet treats so let's kick it off with this classic Thai dessert. I wanna be a lil bit more fancy since this could be an easy, peasy dessert you serve for your loved ones this Valentine's Day so I've decided to use sticky black rice. Black glutinous (sticky) rice is a delicious & healthy whole-grain alternative. If you've never had it before, the texture is chewy but not overly sticky like over-cooked oatmeal. There are a few ways you can cook glutinous rice but I've opted to show you how to make it using a saucepan on a hob. Traditionally, you also need to soak your rice in water for 2-3 hours but if you don't have the time, this method works well. I've eaten a lot of sticky rice growing up as it is common in Indonesian treats so I know what I'm talking about.
This dish can be served cold or slightly warm as a dessert or a special snack for your special someone. Don't forget to check our Instagram Reel for a visual!
Serves: 3 or 4 people
Difficulty: Level 2
Wow factor: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐
1 cup glutinous black rice
About 3 cups of water
Sea salt to sprinkle
1 can of coconut milk
2tbsp caster sugar
2 ripe yellow mangoes
Thai sweet basil and toasted sesame seeds / normal sesame seeds for garnish
First cook the rice. You can steam or use a rice-cooker, or follow packet instructions. For the sake of this recipe, I will tell you what I did. I rinsed the rice really well until the water runs clear.
Tip rice into a medium-sized heavy bottom saucepan. Add 3 cups of water or enough to completely cover the rice + 2cm on top. You want to ensure that the rice is consistently covered with water at all times. Bring to boil, then cover the pan and decrease the heat. Let this simmer for 20 minutes, mixing every once in a while. If you see that it needs more water, just pour some in.
After the first 20 minutes, try a bit of the rice. If it is still too hard and nutty for your taste, continue to boil for another 5-10 minutes. The rice is done when it is plump and chewy in texture, but not completely falling apart or way too sludgy.
When the rice is done, carefully drain the water. Leave about 2tbsp of water in the pan, sprinkle some sea salt, mix with a wooden spoon and cover the pan again. Set aside rice for now.
In another small saucepan, pour in half of the coconut milk from the can. Add 2tsp cornflour and whisk until the cornflour has dissolved. Place saucepan on medium heat and continue whisking. Add a sprinkle of salt and wait for this sauce to thicken up slightly. When the sauce has thickened, take it off heat and set aside. This is your coconut cream / sauce / mixture / whatever you wanna call it.
In a medium-sized bowl, pour in the rest of the coconut milk. Add sugar and salt, adding more if you wish to. Mix well.
Take your sticky rice and add this to the bowl. Mix well and let this mixture sit while you go ahead and slice up some delicious, ripe mangoes.
Cut the mangoes into slices or chunks, it's completely up to you.
When your mangoes are ready to tango, divide your rice into 3 or 4 serving plates (depending on how many people you are entertaining) and place the mangoes around, on top of next to the rice. Get creative! Maybe turn it into a heart 🥰 Drizzle some coconut cream, sprinkle some sesame seeds and garnish with a sprig of basil. Enjoy!
Let us know if you make this dish and don't forget to tag us on Instagram! #SezPK
Hot tip: If you have leftover sticky rice, just store it in the fridge in an airtight container for 2-3 days max. If you have lots of coconut cream left, you can make other Thai desserts such as the Thai cassava and drizzle the sauce all over this dessert too! Or just add it to your oatmeal, don't throw away coconut milk! It has so many uses, DM us if you're stuck 😁