Coconut Rice with Saffron and Mango is a healthy side dish perfect for any night. Everyone will enjoy this intoxicating rice.
Coconut Rice with Saffron and Mango, just the name sounds so good let alone the actual dish. When I think about all those wonderful flavors, my taste buds sing. The rice is a little sweet from the coconut water and mango and a little savory with the saffron. As a bonus, it is a gorgeous yellow color. It pairs so deliciously with Caribbean Jerk Pork.
I rarely make rice with water or should I say regular water. Chicken broth, juice, coconut milk and for the first time coconut water amp up the flavor without many calories. Oh, I really like the sweetness and coconut flavor the coconut water brings, and was quite surprised that I did. Coconut water is something that I have not cooked much with. That is going to change. I just love how this rice turned out, such flavor. Hopefully you will love this rice as much as I do. Even my “I only want white Rice” daughter, liked this rice. She always looks very suspiciously at rice that is not totally white. Heaven forbid I try to sneak some brown rice onto her plate. Yellow rice is now a winner with her.
Coconut Rice with Saffron and Mango was so refreshing! I know “refreshing” is not a word you normally associate with rice but it perfectly describes this dish. It is light and fluffy with flavor bursts of mango and cilantro. Each spoonful will make your taste buds sing with joy. You may even become a little obsessed with rice.
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Coconut Saffron Mango Rice
- 1 tsp coconut oil or vegetable oil
- 2 tbsp minced shallots
- 1 cup uncooked long grain rice I used basmati
- 1 oz can coconut water 11.8
- 1/2 cup water
- Pinch Saffron
- 1/2 cup chopped mango
- 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/8 tsp fresh ground black pepper
- 1 tbsp pickled jalapeno optional
Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium high heat.
Add shallots and cook until translucent.
Add rice and cook for about 3 minutes.
Add coconut water, water and saffron. Bring to a boil; reduce to a simmer.
Cover and cook for about 15 minutes, or until water has been absorbed and rice is done.
Stir in mango, cilantro and jalapeno.
I calculated 8 Weight Watcher smartpoints.
Happy Healthy Eating,
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