August 4, 2013

Mango sticky rice "birthday cake"

We had a birthday party for Mr. H yesterday and instead of a traditional birthday cake I thought it would be fun to make mango sticky rice for his "birthday cake".  It's a very popular dessert in Thailand and Laos and pretty easy to make.

The key to perfect deliciousness is ripened sweet mangoes.

You will also need glutinous rice.  This is also referred to as sweet or sticky rice.  It is not the same as standard white rice.  The rice on the left is the standard white rice which is cooked in water.  The rice on the right is glutinous rice.  As you can see, it's more opaque.  It is cooked by steaming it over water.  After it's cooked, it has a sticky texture.

 Here is what you will need for 4 servings:
  • 2 to 3 ripe mangoes (peeled and sliced)
  • 2 cups glutinous rice
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup palm sugar (you can find this at an Asian grocery store)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Toasted sesame seeds for garnish
Here is what to do:
  1. The night before, soak the rice in water.  If you don't do this, it will not cook properly.
  2. After it's been soaked, cook the rice in a metal or bamboo steamer.  Line it with something like cheesecloth so the rice doesn't fall through.  Make sure the rice is being cooked over the water by steam, not in the water.  It will take about 15-20 minutes for the rice to cook.
  3. As the rice is cooking, make the sweet coconut milk sauce. Heat the coconut milk, salt,  and palm sugar in a sauce pan until the palm sugar dissolves. Lower the heat to a simmer to allow the sauce to thicken slightly then set it aside.
  4. Peel and slice the mangoes
  5. By this time, the rice should be done. Transfer the rice to a bowl and break it apart to allow the steam to escape. Shape it into 4 individual mounds on separate plates. Pour the coconut milk sauce over the rice and arrange the mango slices as you like.  Top with sesame seeds and enjoy!


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  1. Hi there, Khammany (is that your real name? have never heard it before) nice to meet you! Thank you for coming over to my blog and becoming my latest follower. This mango sticky rice looks absolutely delicious. I'd heard of it, but never had it before.

  2. Your mango sticky rice Birthday cake looks yummy! I've had sticky rice and I've had mangoes but not together. Thanks for stopping by my blog and following. I'll be following you back! Have a wonderful week!

  3. It's a great dessert idea and mangoes are so delicious. It must be perfect in summer.

    1. It's especially good in the summer, Magali. I've found it hard to find ripe mangoes in the winter. Thanks for visiting!

  4. Very interesting. I do love mangos!!
    Mary Alice

  5. I've never had any type of sweet rice dish other than a sweeter coconut curry. This looks so good!

    1. It is very good! I wish I could just serve everyone samples through the computer! Thanks for visiting!

  6. OMGoodness! This is a wonderful recipe. Soaking rice...and using coconut!
    I hope you don't mind if I pin this! Thank you for visiting 34th Street I so appreciate your lovely comments! Happy Birthday, Mr H!

  7. this looks absolutely divine! i love your blog, it is so fun and creative. thanks for the recipe, i will have to try it out... i have some mangos i need to use up. consider me your newest follower! have a great day!

  8. This looks delicious! I love Thai food and fortunately we have a great Thai restaurant near us and we order most Saturdays. Happy Birthday to Mr. H. Do you have a recipe for coconut rice? Ann

  9. Look so delicious...! Thailand dishes usually same with other Asian dishes include Indonesian dishes. We used make any traditional snack from glutinous rice. Look great... Thanks for sharing

  10. I lived in SE Asia in Brunei for 8 years and used to love eating sticky rice at the markets. I have only made it once, its reminding me that I should make some again. I miss the lovely food we used to eat, back in New Zealand food is just not the same. My favourite food is Thai.

    Lee :)

  11. Shut the front door! Mango and sticky rice became our favorite while we were in Thailand for our honeymoon in March! THANK YOU for sharing this recipe! I see your soul is in Asia (as mine often is, too)--what is your connection? This is so exciting!



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