Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Pandan & Coconut Rice - Lovely with Stews!

Pandan or Pandanus Amaryllifolius ( i know right!) is a leave which is widely used is Asia. We use it to season rice, breads, puddings, cakes, curry and a lot of other things too. Its easily obtained in Asia but also available in Chinese Indian grocers in the US, UK, Australia and other countries. Now you can even get the essence ( just search for pandan essence on Google and there are loads of images there) More on Pandan here

Bored of having the same old steamed white rice, I made this Pandan rice to go with a spicy chicken stew and some crunchy pickled cucumber and pineapple salad. It went down a treat! Yes it was green rice but that makes it even more exciting doesn't it?! If you cant find the Pandan, you can always omit it and you will have yourself a pot of coconut rice, which is equally yummy!

All you need is:
2 cups of Basmati rice - washed
2 3/4 cups of Coconut milk - i used the canned milk; if you can get fresh coconut milk, then please use that!
2 drops of Pandan essence - Or the leaves if you can get it
1/2 teaspoon Ginger - minced
1 Lemon grass - bruised
5 black peppercorns
Salt and pepper to taste

1) All all the ingredients into a rice cooker, mix well. Add salt and pepper to taste and cook.
2) EAT! :p

Hahaha Easy right? If you have never tried this, then please do. I will also be sharing my Red Chicken Stew ( Ayam Masak Merah ) recipe soon.


  1. Nice presentation, nice color too. To be honest, it's not easy to find pandan leaves in Germany, so normally I'm using Pandan essence for baking or cooking. Thanks for the recipe! I'll try it :)

    1. Hey Amallia,

      Thank you. Yep, i use the essence as well. much easier and keeps long too. Let me know how yours turn out!

  2. I love it friend. I think you're Thai but to share with other persons, I will write in English.
    Great idea to cook rice with coconut milk and pandan essence to obtain the wonderful flavor.
    Buy the way, is this fusion Thai food.
    I'll try it.
    Guy from Bangkok

    1. Thank you UPhichet. I am from Malaysia originally, so yes, Thai Asian fusion!! haha ( ; and one of my favorite is definitely Thai food!

  3. Sunitaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!! it's Noreen !!!! OMG!!! how random i actually stumbled upon your blog!:)))
    how are you hun??? i'm not on fb anymore so we need to like email and then exchange numbers there so we can keep in touch.
    miss youuu!!

    1. WHAT!!! LOL.. ohmygod! been absolute ages! how did u stumble here?? hehe .. small world!
      Im good hun! babes, email me .. out of the biru wei! hahaha .. would be great to catch up.. miss u too xx

    2. i knowwww rigghhtt??!!!!!! friggin agessss!!!!!!
      ok ok..i'll email you and then we shall exchange numbers there...and i'll explain how i stumbled upon your blog. don't wanna advertise it here :)

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  4. Hello, how many leafs would you use? Also would you jusy throw them in with the rice or make a paste first? Thanks!