Laotian coconut sticky rice desert recipe

Laotian coconut sticky rice is a delicious desert usually made from purple sticky rice and coconut milk.

Purple (or black rice) is a healthier grain of glutinous rice and more commonly used in Laos in deserts. The purple rice is not essential and normal white glutinous rice can be used, but the purple variant looks cooler.

Purple sticky rice popular in Laos
Purple sticky rice (sometimes called black rice) popular in Laos


Ingredients for Laotian coconut stick rice

  • 300g of prepared sticky purple rice
  • 375ml of coconut milk
  • 100g of sugar
  • pinch of salt

How to make Laotian coconut sticky rice

  1. Steam the sticky rice as stated in the packet or follow our recipe for preparing Lao sticky rice.
  2. While the rice is steaming, heat 300g of coconut milk with 100g of sugar and a pinch of salt in a saucepan, stirring until the sugar and salt are dissolved.
  3. Remove the hot rice from the steamer and pour most of the coconut milk sauce over it, reserving a few spoonfuls for serving, and allow it to stand for 15 minutes for the flavours to be absorbed.
  4. Pour the remainder of the coconut sauce over the rice.
  5. Mound the rice on a plate and serve with sliced fruit like mango, dragon fruit, strawberries, bananas or other fruit.
Laotian coconut sticky rice prizes
Our freshly made Laotian coconut sticky rice prizes served with fruits like mangoes and dragon fruit


You can read more about our experiences discovering food in Laos and watch our Laos travel video:


Travel recipe: mango stick rice from Laos

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