Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Sticky Situation

I love dessert but I like to try and stay healthy too, so I try and look for as many healthy dessert options as possible. And let's be honest, as much as I want to say I'll choose the fruit salad, it's not enough of a true dessert for me to get excited. 

I also love leftover dessert for breakfast the next morning and while a fruit salad definitely is a breakfast food, it just doesn't work for those days when I want a little something more. 

This dessert takes a little planning ahead because you need to soak the rice before for a few hours prior to starting to cook it, but the planning is worth it. This Sticky Rice with Mangoes is a real treat and it's healthy enough to justify a craving of eating it for breakfast!

Sticky Rice with Mangoes

1 1/2 cups Thai sweet rice
1 540 ml can of coconut milk
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 medium fresh mangoes

1. Rinse rice in water and then soak it in fresh cold water for about four hours. If you're in a hurry, you can soak the rice in warm water for two hours instead. Drain rice.

2. Fill a medium pot one third of the way up with water and place a metal or bamboo steamer on top. Be sure that the water level doesn't touch the steamer. Line the basket with a clean dish towel or cheesecloth and empty the rice into it. Bring the water to a boil and then reduce to medium high heat to steam for 35-45 minutes.

3. You will see the rice is done when it swells, turns shiny, and sticks together in little clumps. Empty the fully cooked, steamed rice into a large bowl.

4. Stir together coconut milk, sugar, and salt and then pour over top of the rice. Stir to combine and don't be nervous if the mixture looks very wet. It's supposed to look that way. Set the dessert aside to let the rice absorb the liquid and cool, about 30 - 40 minutes.

5. While the rice is absorbing the coconut milk mixture, slice your mangoes. Peel the outside of the mangoes with a sharp knife. Then hold each mango upright so that the stem is on a cutting board and the tip is in the air. Run your knife from the tip down along the pit to cut off half of the mango, repeat to remove the pit from the other side. Then slice each side into thin slices.

6. Scoop out portions of the sticky rice onto plates and top with slices of fresh mango. Enjoy!

This dessert / breakfast always makes me want seconds! I hope you like it!

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