Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Thai Rice with Coconut Milk, Lemongrass, and Lime

For some reason, no matter what I am making, I seem to only be able to use half a can of coconut milk at a time. I searched for a support group to help me with this problem, but none were to be found. Where is Fight Club's "Jack" when you need him?

I'm not a huge fan of freezing leftovers (little freezer space to speak of), so just making a double-batch of my usual coconut milk-utilizing recipes isn't much of an option. In a mini fridge-busting session, I came up with this super-simple, one-pot, vegan way to get rid of the other half of the can.

I am Jack's satisfied hunger.

Thai Rice with Coconut Milk, Lemongrass, and Lime

1/2 can coconut milk (about 3/4 c)
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1 stalk lemongrass, tough outer layers removed, thinly sliced
1/2 tsp lime zest
1 tsp fresh ginger, grated
1 fresh chili, thinly sliced
1/2 c shredded carrots
1 c water
1/2 cup jasmine rice
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
lime wedges

Heat 2 tablespoons of the coconut milk in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the green onions and cook until soft (3-5 minutes). Add the lemongrass, zest, ginger, chile, carrots, remaining coconut milk, and water. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes.

Stir in the rice and salt. Cover and simmer on low heat another 20 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in cilantro and finish with a squeeze of lime. Makes 2 servings.


  1. I hear you on the coconut milk!
    Though I actually read a great idea recently for homemade coconut milk (like the stuff refrigerated in cartons); put a can of coconut milk in a blender plus enough water to make 64 oz, then blend (with a bit of sweetener, a pinch of sea salt, and/or a dash of vanilla if desired). You could make a half batch of that!
    I <3 jasmine rice...

  2. Random Tip On Eau du Coconut: may be much more excellent at rehydrating after hangover than other electrolyte solutions.... Why? All the potassium.....

    This rice sounds good. And, I'm just sort of amazed that you had lemongrass just.... lying around in your fridge... ha!

    ciao bella pt. 2

  3. Drinkable coconut milk sounds divine! I will definitely have to give that a try.

    V8 is my normal hangover prevention....lots of sodium and potassium, and some fiber as well ;). Coconut water tastes strange to me, but I have used it to mix Emergen-C in....