Thailand is known for savory food and some of the best infusions of flavors the world has ever known. Thai desserts aren’t the most well-known, but one recipe stands out among the rest, particularly when it comes to its sheer simplicity and tastiness: Khao Niew Mamuang, or mango with sticky rice. Read on as we explore one of Thailand’s most popular desserts and how to make mango sticky rice for yourself.
What is Khao Niew Mamuang?
Khao Niew Mamuang, also known as mango sticky rice, is a traditional Thai dessert made from glutinous rice (which doesn’t contain gluten) that is traditionally cooked in Coconut Milk (18-20% Fat) and then topped with slices of ripe sweet mangoes. The contrast of flavors in a mango sticky rice recipe makes it by far one of the most delightful desserts to enjoy.
What Makes Khao Niew Mamuang Unique?
Khao Niew Mamuang is a unique and popular dessert for several reasons. As a traditional Thai dessert, one of the defining features of a mango sticky rice recipe is the balance struck between flavors, with the mango’s sweetness combined with the coconut cream to create a delightful dish that is satisfying to the senses. Khao Niew Mamuang is notably elegant in its simplicity: a mango sticky rice recipe only needs items you can find at the pantry, which further adds to its appeal abroad – Khao Niew Mamuang is a dish that you can easily customize and serve on any occasion!
Making Mango Sticky Rice
Khao Niew Mamuang is a simple dish that doesn’t need any complex steps or rare ingredients. The beauty of a mango sticky rice recipe is that anyone can make it with minimal effort. Read on as we give you a breakdown of what ingredients you need, the equipment you will use, and what mangoes you should use to make mango sticky rice.
Ingredients for Mango Sticky Rice
A mango sticky rice recipe needs the following ingredients:
- 1 kilogram of Thai sticky rice
- 150 g. of sugar
- 1 tsp. of salt
- Mango (Slices) in Light Syrup
- 100 g. of yellow mung beans (these are optional)
- 400 ml. Of Twin Elephants and Earth Coconut Cream (20-22% Fat)
- ⅓ tsp. of salt
The key to making a good Khao Niew Mamuang is to use Coconut Cream (20-22% Fat) and Mango (Slices) in Light Syrup. Although mango sticky rice recipes usually include yellow mung beans, you can skip these and add something else as a substitute.
Equipment for Making Mango Sticky Rice
Khao Niew Mamuang needs the following equipment to help you cook it:
- A rice cooker: You will need this when cooking the sticky rice for your Khao Niew Mamuang.
- Measuring cups/spoons: These are what you’ll need to measure the ratios of your ingredients.
- Mixing bowl: Once your sticky rice and coconut cream sauce are ready, this is where you will be mixing them.
- Spatula: You’ll need this to stir the coconut milk sauce.
- Saucepan: This is where you’ll be mixing your ingredients for the coconut sauce.
- Serving dish: Serve your mango sticky rice on a serving dish!
How to Make Mango Sticky Rice
- Rinse the sticky rice to remove the extra starch. This will ensure that the sticky rice becomes stickier.
- Soak the rice for 30 minutes until softened.
- Start making the coconut sauce. Use Twin Elephants & Earth’s Coconut Cream (20-22% Fat) and mix with the sugar and the salt in a saucepan. Bring the sauce to a simmer on medium heat, and stir until the sugar dissolves into the sauce.
- Cook the sticky rice using a rice cooker. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to cook sticky rice.
- Once the sticky rice has been cooked, drain and soak it in the coconut sauce in the mixing bowl. 15 minutes is recommended to ensure that the rice absorbs the coconut sauce.
- Drain the can of Mangoes (Sliced) in Light Syrup and place them on a serving dish.
- Add sticky rice to each serving dish with the sliced mangoes. Add the coconut sauce as needed and enjoy your snack!
Picking the Best Mangoes for Mango Sticky Rice
When it comes to picking out the best mangoes for your Khao Niew Mamuang, taking just any mango won’t do! A mango sticky rice recipe calls for yellow mangoes, which are already ripened. There are many kinds of yellow mangoes, but the ones recommended are nam dok mai (which is sweet and juicy) or ok rong, which has an aromatic quality to it.
How to Serve Mango Sticky Rice?
When it comes to Khao Niew Mamuang, this delightful dessert is usually served with sesame seeds to give it that distinctive visual appeal. Khao Niew Mamuang is usually eaten with either a spoon or hands. Serve at room temperature or cold, and customize the dessert according to your preferences!
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