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Coconut Rice

Preschool Sides Activities: Coconut Rice

Turn plain rice into a fragrant and fancy side dish that is great paired with so many things, such as this simple Gluten Free Chicken Tikka Masala! This is a fun way for younger children to get comfortable cooking in the kitchen and start practicing with basic measurements and cooking skills. It's delicious, healthy and gluten free!

What You Need:

  • 1 cup brown basmati rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cardamom pods or 1/3 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ½ cup shredded coconut

What You Do:

  1. In a pot, bring the rice, water and cardamom to a boil.
  2. Skim off the foam at the top, reduce the heat to low and cook the rice for 40 minutes, covered.
  3. While the rice cooks, toast the coconut in a skillet on low heat until it is light brown.
  4. Fluff the rice and stir in the coconut.
  5. Enjoy! 

Crazy for coconuts: The coconut comes from the coconut palm and for centuries, people have used its nutritious water, oil, milk and meat. The word coconut comes from the Spanish word coco which means “monkey face.” Early explorers named it so because they saw a resemblance to a monkey’s face in the three round indentations or “eyes” found at the base of the coconut. On the Nicobar Islands of the Indian Ocean, coconuts were used as currency until the early 20th century. Pacific Islanders regard coconuts as a cure all for illnesses. It is so highly valued as a food source and medicine that they call the coconut palm “The Tree of Life.”

 Recipe courtesy of Marlese Ramirez-Carroll, Nutrition Consultant

Updated on Sep 4, 2012
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