Tanzanian Coconut Rice

Let your children experience a small taste of East Africa by making this simple dish together.  

Tanzanians cook many recipes using coconut milk, which makes this rice thick. Mix in peas and carrots and serve it with grilled meat or stir-fried vegetables for a filling meal.

INGREDIENTS (makes 6-8 servings)

  • 2 c. basmati rice
  • 1½ c. water
  • 1 c. canned, unsweetened coconut milk
  • ½ c. peas
  • ½ c. carrots, diced
  • turmeric powder
  • salt to taste

DIRECTIONS

  1. Rinse the rice in cold water and drain.
  2. Add the rice to a medium saucepan over high heat with the remaining ingredients.
  3. Boil the mixture.
  4. Reduce the heat to low, and then cover the pot with a lid. Cook until the rice is tender and has absorbed the liquid, about 15 more minutes.
  5. Remove the pan from the heat and let it stand about 5 more minutes, covered. Fluff with a fork and serve.

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