How To Make Coconut Sticky Rice With Mango (Recipe)

By Deborah Anderson
Updated August 29, 2014
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How To Make Coconut Sticky Rice With Mango (Recipe)This mango sticky rice dessert, known in Thailand as (Khao Niaow Mu Muang) is a very classic, delicious and healthy dessert. When making it, be sure to buy Thai sweet or sticky rice, which is available in the Asian section of your local grocery store or online.

The Thai sweet or sticky rice is made in a pot on the stove (instructions below) while smothering a delicious, healthy coconut sauce over top, and then adding fresh mango slices to compliment. Trust me, you're going to love this simple, yet exotic and highly nutritious Thai dessert.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes


  • 1 cup of Thai sweet rice or sticky rice
  • 2 perfectly ripe mangos
  • 4-5 tbsp. of traditional Asian palm sugar or brown sugar
  • 1 can of coconut milk (not light)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Thai Sweet Sticky Rice Preparation:

1.) Soak Thai sweet or sticky rice in 1 cup of water for 30 minutes. Do not drain rice.

2.) Add 1/2 cup more water, plus 1/2 can of coconut milk, 1 tbsp. Asian palm sugar or brown sugar, 1/4 tsp. salt. Stir well.

3.) Bring to a boil then partly cover with a lid (leave the lid partially open for steam to depart)

4.) Simmer for 20 minutes or (until coconut milk has been immersed with the rice)

5.) Turn off the heat, but leave pot on burner with lid completely closed for 5-10 minutes.

6.) Take lid off and fork to pick apart rice. If all water has been absorbed, set aside on counter until sauce is done. (If water hasn't been absorbed cook for another 5 minutes and add a little more coconut milk)

Coconut Sauce Preparation:

1.) Warm (do not boil) the rest of the can of coconut milk over a medium-to-low heat for 5 minutes. Add 3 tbsp. of sugar and stir until fully dissolved.

2.) Taste the sauce and decide if it's sweet enough for you. If not, add more sugar. (Note: Sauce will become less sweet when combined with sticky rice)

  • Scoop or shape rice as desired onto plate
  • Drizzle plenty of coconut sauce all over plated sticky rice
  • Prepare mango by cutting into slices or chunks
  • Place mango either on top or around sticky rice
  • Optional garnish: mint or Asian basil sprigs

This dish can be served as fancy as you'd like by shaping the rice into 3-4 inch long blocks or as simple as you'd like by serving it in a bowl. This is by far, one of my favorite desserts and extremely simple to make.

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