This popular Thai Coconut Mango Sticky Rice is made with Instant Pot and required no soaking of the rice. Soft and creamy as it should be! Non-instant pot method is also available
I’ve only owned Instant Pot for 3 days so far as I’m typing this post up and I’ve already cooked quite few things within these 3 days LOL! It’s seriously like an obsession or something! I’m pretty impressed by it so far. I’ve sauteed with it, I’ve steamed with it, I’ve pressure cooked with it. In fact, I made 3 of the Instant Pot Chinese Steamed Matcha Sponge Cake in a day! Crazy!
Anyway, sticky rice is very common in Asian cooking, especially in Southeast Asia where we don’t only use it for savory but also sweet dishes. They are known by many names: Sticky rice, glutinous rice, and sweet rice, but they mean the same thing! And…as you’ve guessed it, there’s always coconut milk involves 😉
This Thai Coconut Mango Sticky Rice (Khao Niao Mamuang) is one of our favorite Southeast Asian desserts! LOVE..this stuff! I usually have to soak the sticky rice in water for at least 4 hours or overnight and then it can be steamed in 20 minutes. But with Instant Pot, I don’t have to soak it and I can steam it on high pressure.
I was a bit skeptical actually, to be honest! I was just experimenting but at the end of the cooking time, I was very pleased with the result. The rice is so sticky and soft like it should to make khao niao mamuang.
Mom thought I was out of my mind when I told her I would try to steam the sticky rice without soaking it first. Without a pressure cooker, definitely, this can’t be done! Well, you can, but it will take you a long time to steam it.
WHAT I LIKE ABOUT MAKING THIS THAI COCONUT MANGO STICKY RICE WITH INSTANT POT??
NO SOAKING! and so I can literally make this without planning ahead.
No foggy windows and condensation dripping down the window glasses. That’s the phenomenon here whenever I steam something for more than 30 minutes using a regular steamer that I set up.
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Instant Pot Thai Coconut Mango Sticky Rice (Khao Niao Mamuang)
Cooking the sticky rice:
Add 2 cups of water in Instant Pot inner pot. Put the trivet in there. Rinse the sticky rice in water briefly. Drain off water. Place the rice in heat-proof glass or stainless steel bowl. Add 1 1/2 cups water to cover the rice. Place this on top of the trivet. Close the lid, steam release handle to sealed. Press pressure cook and set to high pressure and use -/+ to set the time to 15 minutes
Making the coconut sauce:
While the sticky rice is cooking, pour the coconut milk in a saucepan, add sugar and pandan leaves in. Let it gently simmer for about 5 minutes or until the sugar dissolves. Do not boil the coconut milk. Remove the pandan leaves and use your spoon to squeeze out last few drops of coconut milk from the leaves if any
Cutting the mango:
Peel the mango and cut in small cubes. You can use this hedgehog method for easier cutting: Slice both mangoes down either side of the stone. Take each half and score a crisscross pattern about 2 cm down through the flesh, stopping at the skin. Turn the skin inside out so the mango pieces pop up. Trim the skin off the middle bit where the stone is, then cut them into cubes as well so you are not throwing any extra flesh away
Putting them together:
When the sticky rice is done cooking, I waited for about 10 minutes and make sure that the float valve is down. Then turn the steam handle to venting. Once the steam is all out and stop hissing, open the lid carefully. The sticky rice should be soft and sticky. Remove from Instant Pot and pour half of the coconut sauce on the sticky rice and stir to mix
Serve with cubes of mango, sprinkle with sesame seeds and coconut sauce on the sides for more drizzling
Recipe for non-Instant Pot method is here