Sweet Sticky Rice with Mangoes and Sesame Seeds

Most Thai dishes are best served at room temperature, including this creamy dessert: "If you chill it, it becomes rock-hard, but if you heat it up, it turns to mush," Andy Ricker explains. Many traditional recipes for sticky rice require steaming the grains for up to an hour, but for the supereasy adaptation here, Ricker cleverly suggests microwaving the rice for only about 15 minutes instead.


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  • 2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 1/2 cups Thai sticky rice (1 pound)
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 mangoes—peeled, pitted and coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

How to make this recipe

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the coconut milk with the sugar and salt. Bring to a simmer and cook over moderate heat until thickened slightly, about 10 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a sauceboat and let cool to room temperature, about 1 hour.

  2. In a large, microwave-safe bowl, cover the sticky rice with water; let soak for 1 hour.

  3. Drain the rice and return it to the bowl. Add 2 1/4 cups of water and cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Microwave the rice on high power for 5 minutes. Pull back the plastic wrap and stir the rice. Replace the plastic wrap and microwave the rice for another 5 minutes. Pull back the plastic wrap to stir the rice a second time. Replace the plastic wrap and microwave until the rice is just tender, about 3 minutes longer. Let stand, covered, for 5 minutes.

  4. In a small saucepan, combine the coconut milk with the sugar and salt and bring to a simmer. Pour the hot coconut milk over the rice, folding until just combined. Spoon the rice into bowls. Top with the mango and sesame seeds and serve, passing the sauce at the table.

Contributed By Photo © Cedric Angeles Published June 2009

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