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Sticky Rice With Mango - Thai Dessert Recipe with Pictures

Updated on October 26, 2015

We, Thais, love our mangoes A LOT! There are numerous varieties of mangoes grown in Thailand, and people know how to savor them in every possible way. It's almost like the nation's fetish. I have no idea when or how the unique Thai dessert, mango sticky rice, was invented. All I remember is that I had my first bite of this dessert when I was about four and have been in love with it ever since.

Thai Sticky Rice with Mango - Ingredients (for 2 servings)

  • 1 cup uncooked sticky rice
  • 1 sweet ripe mango
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tbsps. sugar + 1 tsp. extra
  • 2 pinches salt

***You can find sticky rice at most Asian grocery stores. The label on the bag usually says "Thai glutinous rice" or "Thai sweet rice."***

***In a can of coconut milk, there're usually a watery part and a thick creamy part on top. The thicker part is the coconut cream, and the lighter part is the coconut milk.***

***If you have time, try making your own homemade coconut milk from either fresh coconut or packaged coconut flakes. The coconut milk you get will be much more flavorful and aromatic than the canned version.***

How to Make Thai Sticky Rice with Mango

  • Soak sticky rice in water for about 3 - 6 hours. The water should cover the rice by about 2 inches.
  • Drain and pour the rice into a steamer basket lined with cheesecloth. Fill half of your rice cooker with water. Cover the steam basket with the lid and place it on top of the rice cooker. Press the "cook" button and steam until the rice is tender. It should take about 20 - 25 minutes. It's okay if you don't have a rice cooker, any type of steamer will work just fine. In fact, people usually use a bamboo steamer to cook sticky rice in Thailand.

  • In a large bowl, combine coconut cream, 2 tablespoons of sugar and a pinch of salt. Stir until the sugar and salt are completely dissolved.
  • Add hot rice and stir gently until the rice is thoroughly coated by the coconut cream mixture.
  • Allow the rice to cool at room temperature. It will gradually absorb all the coconut cream mixture.
  • In the meantime, combine coconut milk, a teaspoon of sugar and a pinch of salt in a small bowl. Stir until sugar and salt are completely dissolved.
  • Peel and slice the mango into bite-size pieces.
  • When the rice is ready, divide it into two portions. Put each portion of sticky rice and half of the mango on a plate. Top with the coconut milk mixture. Enjoy!

More Thai Desserts to Try (Click on the Link Below Each Photo to Find the Recipe)

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© 2011 Om Paramapoonya


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  • Om Paramapoonya profile imageAUTHOR

    Om Paramapoonya 

    5 years ago

    @Paul Edmondson - It actually tastes even better than it looks in the photos! heheee :)

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    Paul Edmondson 

    5 years ago from Burlingame, CA

    I just pinned this. This is on my have to make list. If it tastes anywhere near as good as the photos look it will be outrageously delicious!

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    Om Paramapoonya 

    6 years ago

    @Kathryn Stratford - Mmmmm indeed! heheee

  • Kathryn Stratford profile image


    6 years ago from Windsor, Connecticut

    This looks decadent, and different than anything I have tried. When I buy some sticky rice, I will definitely try this! Thanks for sharing it with us. Mmmm!

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    Om Paramapoonya 

    6 years ago

    @Cyndi - You're very welcome, Cyndi! So glad you like this Thai dessert recipe :)

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    Cynthia B Turner 

    6 years ago from Georgia

    Looks yummy. I've never tried to cook sticky rice before. That will be different. I love mangos, so this should be good. Thanks for sharing.

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    Om Paramapoonya 

    7 years ago

    Thanks for your positive feedback, V. :)

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    V Qisya 

    7 years ago

    looks yummy!

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    Om Paramapoonya 

    7 years ago

    Right. And I did explain that in the paragraph right below the ingredients.

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    7 years ago from India

    Sticky rice is glutinous rice (not the same as Japanese rice or short grain rice)

  • Om Paramapoonya profile imageAUTHOR

    Om Paramapoonya 

    7 years ago

    Papayas sprinkled with lime juice? Do you mean green papayas? There's a Thai dish called "som tum", which is basically some shredded green papaya, lime juice, fish sauce, a little bit of sugar, chili peppers and peanuts. If you've never had that, try it next time you go to a Thai restaurant. I think you'll like it. :)

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    Peggy Woods 

    7 years ago from Houston, Texas

    I've never eaten mangos with sticky rice but LOVE mangos. Most of them that we get here in Texas come from Mexico. I also love papayas sprinkled with fresh lime juice. Umm...getting hungry now! Thanks for this recipe and once again...your photos make this look scrumptious!

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    Om Paramapoonya 

    7 years ago

    You're very welcome, Prisana. I'm glad you like this mango sticky-rice recipe. :)

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    Prisana Nuechterlein 

    7 years ago from Thailand and Colorado

    Great hub. I so miss my Thai mangos. A friend was just asking me how to make sticky rice, so your hub will be the perfect answer for her.

    Kup Khun Kha Maak!

  • Om Paramapoonya profile imageAUTHOR

    Om Paramapoonya 

    7 years ago

    @anglnwu - I've tried the purple and white sticky rice combination once. It looked kind of funky, and the texture was a bit different. I liked it a lot! :)

    @midnightbliss - That's awesome. Glad you enjoyed this.

    @KoffeeKlatch - Yeah, you should try it! I think you'll love it. Thanks for dropping by!

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    Susan Hazelton 

    7 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Sounds great Om. I've never tried sticky rice but am willing to do so. I love Mangoes. Up and useful.

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    Haydee Anderson 

    7 years ago from Hermosa Beach

    its always exciting and fun to learn other culture's food

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    7 years ago

    Would you believe it--I just had sticky rice with mango? Yesterday, in fact. It's one of my favorite desserts. I made mine with a combo of purple and white sticky rice. Too bad, I didn't think to take pic. I was too hungry to bother. Haha--glad someone else did. Yours look decidedly delicious. Rated up.

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    Om Paramapoonya 

    7 years ago

    @rsusan - Cool! Glad you'll try it.

    @cardisa - hmmm maybe they didn't make the coconut cream mixture right. You'll have to make it and try for yourself! Glad to know there're also a lot of mango "fanatics" in Jamaica. hehehe

    @Russell D - Nice. I'll look forward to reading your new hub next week.

    @BKcreative - Awwww thanks so much. You're waaaaaay sweet.

    @Thelma - Thanks, Thelma. Glad you like this mango dessert recipe.

    @randomcreative - Thanks a lot, my fellow mango lover.

  • Om Paramapoonya profile imageAUTHOR

    Om Paramapoonya 

    7 years ago

    @marellen - You're very welcome!

    @writer20 - Well, maybe you might like the sweet sticky rice without the mango.

    @mandeep - Thanks a lot for dropping by.

    @escapeparadise - Ah, you know its name in Thai. That's very cool! I can tell you're a real fan of mango sticky rice.

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    Rose Clearfield 

    7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    This sounds amazing! I love mangoes.

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    Thelma Alberts 

    7 years ago from Germany and Philippines

    It sounds tasty. I have to bookmark it for later use. Thank you for sharing.

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    7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

    Oooh, love it love it love it. And I am bookmarking it now to add to my collection of your super hubs. Thanks a million. This will be done!

    Rated waaaay up!

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    Russell, D 

    7 years ago

    OP -- next week in my series "What Are They Eating In....", we visit Thailand and discuss Pad Thai I only touch on rice, but it is an outside part of the story. David Russell

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    Carolee Samuda 

    7 years ago from Jamaica

    About two months ao my boss had a dinner party, one of her friends from Asia brought dessert. It was sticky rice and mangoes. I did not enjoy it but I think something was missing. It tasted a bit flat to me. I need to make it myself and see if I will like it more.

    Mangoes in Jamaica are like a national fruit (our national fruit is ackees but more people prefer mangoes to ackess).

    I absolutely love mangoes, they grow wild here you know.

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    Rika Susan 

    7 years ago from South Africa

    Interesting recipe, Om! Sounds really good. I will give it a try.

  • Escape2Paradise profile image


    7 years ago from Bangkok Thailand

    I love khao niew ma mueng thanks for sharing ka :)

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    Mandeep Randhawa 

    7 years ago from India

    Looking great.. Thanks for sharing these dishes ....Voted up.

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    Joyce Haragsim 

    7 years ago from Southern Nevada

    unfortunately I have never like Mango's.

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    7 years ago

    Looks good Om...I bookmarked this for future reference. Thanks for sharing these dishes with us.


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