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Coconut Rice

Mild and creamy coconut milk mellows this spice-infused side dish.

  • servings: 6




  • 6 cardamom pods, or 1/4 teaspoon ground
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 large yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups Basmati, or Jasmine rice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Fresh coconut, shelled but unpeeled, shaved, for garnish


  1. Step 1

    Remove seeds from cardamom pods, if using, and discard pods. Grind seeds to a powder in a spice grinder or mortar.

  2. Step 2

    In a medium saucepan with a tight-fitting lid, melt butter over medium-low heat. Add onion and cardamom, and cook, stirring frequently, until translucent, about 5 minutes.

  3. Step 3

    Add rice, and stir until grains are well coated with butter, about 1 minute. Add cinnamon stick, coconut milk, 1 3/4 cups water, salt, and sugar. Stir well to combine. Bring to a boil, and immediately reduce heat to lowest setting. Cook, covered, for 25 minutes. Remove from heat, and let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Serve hot, garnished with shaved coconut.

Martha Stewart Living, September 1994