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Vegetable Coconut rice

Rich, flavourful and sensuous vegetable coconut rice

Rice, Valentine's Day | February 13, 2017 | By

Vegetable coconut rice…I had just made some Pina Colada for myself and had quite a sizeable amount of coconut milk remaining. What to do with it, store it in the freezer long enough to assuage my conscience that I am not wasteful then throw it out or do something productive with it? 

Am I glad my lazy bones didn’t get the better of me. This coconut rice is rich, flavourful and sensuous. Very easy to put together. 

It borrows from Chinese fried rice, also from Nigerian coconut rice.

Rich, flavourful and sensuous vegetable coconut rice

To prepare Vegetable coconut rice

For Stirfry
500g beef
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 egg white
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 medium onions, chopped
2 medium carrots (1 cup)
1/4 cup raisins
2 teaspoons grated ginger root
2 teaspoons white pepper
2 tablespoons light soy sauce
2 spring onions

For rice
2 1/2 cups rice
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
400 ml coconut milk (1 can)
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 scotch bonnet
1 teaspoon dry thyme
1 bayleaf
1 teaspoon butter
2 teaspoons salt


Wash rice in several changes of water till water runs clear. Drain rice very well in a sieve.

Shred beef thinly,  sprinkle salt and sugar, stir and set aside. Chop onions and carrots, grate ginger.

raw beef in a bowl for vegetable coconut rice

In a dry pot over medium high heat, put vegetable oil. When hot, add rice. 

Fry rice till it starts looking transparent about 3-5 minutes.

fried rice for vegetable coconut rice

Pour in coconut milk, add garlic, whole scotch bonnet, thyme, bay leaf, butter, and salt. Stir, cover and bring to a boil.

Reduce the heat and cook till rice is tender. In case rice is not ready and is drying out, add a little water.

rice in coconut milk for vegetable coconut rice

Meanwhile, in a saucepan, wok, or pot, over medium heat, put 2 tablespoons vegetable oil. When hot, add shredded beef.

Stir fry meat for vegetable coconut rice

Stir-fry beef till softened. Remove to a plate.

Stir fry meat for vegetable coconut rice

Throw in onions and carrots, fry till onions has softened. 

carrot and onions frying for Stir fry meat for vegetable coconut rice

Add raisins and ginger, continue frying.

vegetables frying for vegetable coconut rice

Add white pepper, soy sauce and 2 tablespoons of water, stir.

Dump rice into the sauce and fry, add meat and spring onions.

rice frying for Stir fry meat for vegetable coconut rice

rice and beef for Stir fry meat for vegetable coconut rice

Fry until dry about 5 minutes, taste for seasoning and adjust. 

Serve steaming hot with sauteed green beans and cucumber slices. 


  • Adding 1 teaspoon sugar to the shredded meat, this will give it a beautiful caramelised colour.
  • Egg white added to the shredded beef will help tenderise it so it fries up soft.
  • If using dry ginger, add to the soy sauce.
  • Dark soy sauce can be used, use 1 tablespoon. The coconut rice will be considerably darker and the taste bolder.

Did you enjoy this vegetable coconut rice? Let us know in the comments below.

You will also enjoy my other Nigerian coconut rice, Basic Chinese stir fry rice, Coconut curry sauce and Nigerian fried rice.

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