Mango Sticky Rice

Mango Sticky Rice

Mango Sticky Rice is a classic Thai dessert that combines the rich, creamy texture of coconut-infused sticky rice with the natural sweetness of ripe mangoes. This dessert is a favorite among many, known for its harmonious blend of flavors and textures. Perfect for any occasion, Mango Sticky Rice is both simple to make and incredibly satisfying.

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About Mango Stick Rice

Mango Sticky Rice, or “Khao Niew Mamuang” in Thai, has its origins deeply rooted in the culinary traditions of Thailand. This dish dates back to the early periods of Thai history when rice cultivation became a staple in the region. Glutinous rice, or sticky rice, was commonly used in many Thai dishes due to its abundant growth in the fertile plains of Southeast Asia. The combination of mangoes and sticky rice likely evolved as a natural pairing due to the seasonal availability of mangoes, which thrive in the tropical climate of Thailand.

In Thai culture, food is not just about sustenance but also about community and tradition. Mango Sticky Rice is a testament to this, as it is commonly shared among family and friends, signifying unity and hospitality. It is also a popular street food, reflecting Thailand’s vibrant street food culture, where locals and tourists alike can savor this sweet treat at markets and food stalls.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Delicious Flavor: The sweet and creamy coconut rice pairs perfectly with fresh, juicy mangoes.
  • Simple Ingredients: Made with just a few easy-to-find ingredients, this dessert is both accessible and affordable.
  • Vegan-Friendly: Naturally vegan, Mango Sticky Rice can be enjoyed by everyone.
  • Quick to Prepare: With minimal prep time, you can enjoy this dessert without spending hours in the kitchen.

What Is In Our Mango Sticky Rice Recipe?

This delightful dessert is made with a few simple, yet flavorful ingredients:

  • Glutinous Rice: Also known as sticky rice, it provides the perfect chewy texture.
  • Coconut Milk: Adds a rich, creamy flavor to the rice.
  • Sugar: Sweetens the rice and balances the flavors.
  • Salt: Enhances the overall taste by bringing out the sweetness.
  • Mangoes: Fresh, ripe mangoes add a juicy and refreshing element.
  • Sesame Seeds: Optional, for a nutty crunch as a garnish.

Key Ingredients

  • Glutinous Rice: Essential for the sticky texture.
  • Coconut Milk: Provides creaminess and richness.
  • Sugar: Adds sweetness to the dish.
  • Salt: Balances the flavors, and enhances the sweetness.
  • Mangoes: The star fruit of the dessert.

How To Make This Recipe

  1. Soak the Sweet Rice for 1 or more hours in water, preferably overnight.
Soaking Sticky Rice

  1. Then using a steamer, steam it for 50-55 minutes or until chewy and cooked through
Steaming Sticky Rice in bamboo steamer

  1. In a wok or sauce pan over medium heat, add 1 Cups of coconut milk, 1/4 Cup of Sugar, pinch of salt, and the steamed rice to the wok and stir until all the liquid is absorbed. Once the rice is sticky, remove from heat and allow it to cool
Combining Rice and Coconut Milk and Sugar in Wok

  1. In a small saucepan over low heat, add 1/2 cup of coconut milk and 1/4 cup of sugar, stir and bring to a simmer. Once simmering, add the Corn Starch slurry (1 Tsp. Corn Starch and 2 Tbsp. water) and allow the syrup to thicken into a glaze.
Making Mango Sticky Rice coconut glaze

  1. Slice both sides of the mango to yield large round pieces, and slice those into thin strips, maintaining the shape.
Slicing Mano for Mango Sticky Rice
  1. Place the sticky rice in a small bowl to act as a mold, and turn it over onto the serving plate. Place the mango on top, and decorate with the coconut glaze, and sesame seeds for a nice crunch.
Plating Mango Sticky Rice

  1. Enjoy 🙂
Mango Sticky Rice with Sesame seeds on a black plate

Have It Your Way!

Make Mango Sticky Rice uniquely yours with these creative adaptations and tips:

  • Add Toppings: Enhance the texture and flavor by garnishing your Mango Sticky Rice with toasted sesame seeds, shredded coconut, or a drizzle of honey. These additions add a delightful crunch and extra sweetness that complement the creamy rice and juicy mangoes.
  • Serve Chilled: For a refreshing twist, serve the dessert chilled. After preparing the rice, allow it to cool to room temperature, then refrigerate for at least an hour. This method is perfect for hot summer days and provides a cool, sweet treat that’s incredibly satisfying.
  • Use Different Fruits: While mangoes are the traditional choice, you can experiment with other fruits to create new flavor experiences. Try bananas, papayas, or even strawberries for a unique twist. Each fruit brings its own sweetness and texture, making this dessert versatile and exciting.
  • Add a Savory Twist: If you prefer a balance of sweet and savory, consider sprinkling a pinch of flaky sea salt or a few chili flakes on top. The contrast enhances the flavors and adds an unexpected kick that tantalizes your taste buds.
  • Coconut Variations: Instead of plain coconut milk, try using coconut cream for an even richer taste. You can also infuse the coconut milk with pandan leaves while heating for an aromatic, slightly nutty flavor that adds depth to the dish.
  • Sweetness Level: Adjust the amount of sugar in the coconut sauce according to your preference. If you like it sweeter, add more sugar. For a less sweet version, reduce the sugar and let the natural sweetness of the mangoes shine through.
  • Healthy Boost: Incorporate chia seeds or flaxseeds into the coconut sauce for an added nutritional boost. These seeds provide extra fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, making the dessert not only delicious but also nutritious.

With these customizations, you can enjoy Mango Sticky Rice exactly how you like it, tailoring the flavors and textures to suit your personal taste. Whether you stick to the classic recipe or try something new, this dessert is sure to impress and delight.

Nutritional Facts

Mango Sticky Rice offers a blend of carbohydrates, healthy fats, and essential vitamins:

  • Calories: Approximately 400 calories per serving.
  • Carbohydrates: High in energy-providing carbs.
  • Vitamins: Rich in vitamin C from mangoes.

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Mango Sticky Rice

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Mango Sticky Rice is a classic Thai dessert that combines the rich, creamy texture of coconut-infused sticky rice with the natural sweetness of ripe mangoes. This dessert is a favorite among many, known for its harmonious blend of flavors and textures. Perfect for any occasion, Mango Sticky Rice is both simple to make and incredibly satisfying.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Course Dessert
Cuisine Asian, Thai
Servings 4
Calories 490 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Soak the Sweet Rice for 1 or more hours in water, preferably overnight.
  • Then using a steamer, steam it for 50-55 minutes or until chewy and cooked through
  • In a wok or sauce pan over medium heat, add 1 Cups of coconut milk, 1/4 Cup of Sugar, pinch of salt, and the steamed rice to the wok and stir until all the liquid is absorbed. Once the rice is sticky, remove from heat and allow it to cool
  • In a small saucepan over low heat, add 1/2 cup of coconut milk and 1/4 cup of sugar, stir and bring to a simmer. Once simmering, add the Corn Starch slurry (1 Tsp. Corn Starch and 2 Tbsp. water) and allow the syrup to thicken into a glaze.
  • Slice both sides of the mango to yield large round pieces, and slice those into thin strips, maintaining the shape.
  • Place the sticky rice in a small bowl to act as a mold, and turn it over onto the serving plate. Place the mango on top, and decorate with the coconut glaze, and sesame seeds for a nice crunch.
  • Enjoy 🙂

Notes

  1. Rice Selection: Use glutinous (sticky) rice specifically for this dish. Regular rice will not provide the desired texture.
  2. Soaking the Rice: Soak the sticky rice for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight. This helps the rice cook evenly and attain the perfect sticky consistency.
  3. Coconut Milk: Use full-fat coconut milk for a rich and creamy flavor. Light coconut milk can be used if you prefer a lighter version, but it will affect the richness of the dish.
  4. Sweetness Adjustment: Adjust the amount of sugar in the coconut milk sauce based on the sweetness of the mangoes and your personal preference. Taste and modify as needed.
  5. Cooking Method: Steam the soaked sticky rice instead of boiling it. This preserves the texture and prevents it from becoming mushy. Use a cheesecloth in the steamer to keep the rice from sticking.
  6. Mango Selection: Use ripe, sweet mangoes for the best flavor. Varieties like Ataulfo or Haden are excellent choices due to their sweetness and smooth texture.
  7. Coconut Sauce Consistency: Cook the coconut milk and sugar mixture on low heat until the sugar dissolves completely. Avoid boiling the mixture, as it can affect the consistency and taste.
  8. Mixing Rice and Sauce: Gently fold the coconut sauce into the cooked sticky rice while it’s still hot. This ensures the rice absorbs the flavor evenly.
  9. Chill for Refreshing Twist: For a refreshing treat, allow the Mango Sticky Rice to cool to room temperature, then refrigerate for an hour before serving.
  10. Serving Tips: Serve the dish warm or at room temperature for the best flavor. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds, shredded coconut, or a drizzle of additional coconut sauce for an extra touch.
  11. Storage: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Reheat gently in a microwave or steamer before serving.
  12. Presentation: For a beautiful presentation, slice the mangoes thinly and fan them out over the sticky rice. Alternatively, create layers of rice and mango slices in a glass for a parfait-style dessert.
These notes will help you achieve the perfect Mango Sticky Rice, ensuring each bite is a delightful combination of creamy, sweet, and fruity flavors.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 490kcal
Keyword Coconut, Coconut Glaze, Glutinous Rice, Mango, Mango Sticky Rice, Short Grain Rice, Sticky Rice, Sweet Rice, Thai Rice, Vegan
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