Coconut Rice with Spiced Orange Rhubarb
Rhubarb is in season during Australian winter and this recipe is a great way to make use of it. However, feel free to replace it with any other stewed fruit such as apples or pears, or fresh strawberries.
This better-for-you coconut rice is delicately spiced with rhubarb and orange, making it a delicious partner to creamy rice. Enjoy it warm for breakfast.
Recipe by Accredited Practising Dietitian Georgia Houston from GH Nutrition.
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour + 5 minutes
2 x 400mL light coconut milk
1/2 cup basmati rice
1 vanilla bean, split lengthways
1 bunch rhubarb, trimmed into 6cm lengths
1 orange, rind finely grated, juiced
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp Chinese five spice
Place the coconut milk, rice and vanilla bean in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, for 10-15 minutes or until the mixture comes to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring, for 15-20 minutes or until mixture thickens and rice is creamy. Remove from heat.
While the rice is simmering, preheat oven to 180C. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Place the rhubarb in a single layer on the prepared tray. Sprinkle with the orange rind and pour over the orange juice. Sprinkle with the spices. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until rhubarb is tender but still holds its shape.
Divide rice between bowls and top with rhubarb. Drizzle with maple syrup for some extra sweetness.