Taste the Tropics with Coconut Mango Rice Pudding

One of my favorite memories of my father-in-law involves rice pudding. Whenever he had extra rice leftover from dinner (which was most of the time) he would make a batch of pudding to send home with me.

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One time stands out in my mind in particular. He had forgotten that he added onions to his recipe that evening. With a full pot of rice left over, he decided to make a huge tub of pudding, which he dropped off at my place.

After he left, I couldn’t wait to dig in, so I served myself a heaping bowl. The scent seemed a little off, but I attributed that to my extra-sensitive pregnancy sense of smell. With the first spoonful, I figured it out – onions!

I made a call to his place and we had a good laugh. Now, every time we have rice pudding, we always joke about adding onions to the recipe.

Recipe for Coconut Mango Rice Pudding | Foodal.com

Other additions, like raisins and other types of  fruit, go much better with this dessert than onions do. One recipe I am especially fond of features coconut milk and mango.

How to make Coconut Mango Rice Pudding | Foodal.com

This pudding has a tropical feel that makes it perfect for a summertime dessert.

If you’re a big coconut fan, we also recommend this recipe for white chocolate coconut delights! Or, if mango is your favorite, check out this homemade sorbet recipe.

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Ingredients
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup toasted coconut flakes
  • 1 cup Mango peeled and diced (divided)
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Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine rice, coconut milk, sugar, and vanilla.
  2. Heat over high heat and bring to a boil.
  3. Cook for 20 minutes until the rice soaks up the liquid and takes on a pudding consistency. Remove from heat.
  4. Add ½ cup mango and stir until well incorporated.
  5. Let cool and transfer into bowls. Garnish with mango and coconut.
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19 thoughts on “Taste the Tropics with Coconut Mango Rice Pudding

  1. Oh my, I also have fond childhood memories of rice pudding, and my Dad was also the one who made it. When I need a special treat, I will make rice pudding or tapioca, and it never fails to soothe me. This sounds absolutely delicious, but I will have to double the amount of coconut flakes I toast, because I can never stop eating them before I even start making a recipe.

  2. I. Love. Rice. Pudding.

    I’ve never actually had it with mango though, so this will be an interesting try for me. The toasted coconut flakes are a nice touch too, thanks for sharing!

  3. I have to say that this sounds interesting. I had Mango Tofu Curry for dinner tonight and that was delicious and I am now wondering about Mango in other recipes. This sounds like a nice dessert to try. I can easily make coconut milk from the fresh coconuts I have at home, so next time we cook some rice, I will try to remember to ensure we cook 2 cups too much!

  4. That’s a sweet story about your father-in-law. My mother makes a mean rice pudding with raisins, but she hasn’t thought to include any fruit beyond the occasional blueberry/blackberry. I’ll definitely let her know about the mangoes; it is one of my favorite fruits. Thank you for the new recipe!

  5. I used to really enjoy rice pudding, especially as a starving student but I’ve become pretty bored of it just lately. This looks like a really tasty variation of an old favourite.

  6. I actually haven’t eaten a lot of rice pudding in my life. But I do love mango and coconut, especially together. I’ll definitely have to try this out soon.

  7. The onion incident and the use of rice reminded me of one of my great blunders while I was cooking, some nine years ago:

    I was preparing two dishes for an Indian-themed cookout we were having: a chicken biriyani, and a traditional Indian payasam, which is a sweet dish prepared with milk and rice. I was running low on time, so I was in a bit of a hurry. This made me think it was a good idea to mix the spices and rice to allow for faster prep.

    (I know, extremely stupid of me, but this was one of the first times I was cooking Indian, and that too for a cookout,)

    One thing led to another, and I ended up with a payasam that made eating it feel like I was setting my mouth on fire, and a biriyani that was inexplicably sweet.

    My wife and I still chuckle about it to this day!

  8. I really love the taste of mango. Although we dont make rice pudding in my house,I would like to try it some time. This is definitely looks like a nice summer treat.

  9. If there’s one thing I love about Foodal, it is the wide variety of unique recipes that I’ve never seen or even heard of before. I’ve only tried rice pudding once or twice but I loved it both times. This sounds like a delicious dessert with the addition of mango. I’m sure other fruits would go well with this recipe too, like raspberries or blackberries, or some sliced bananas. Yum!

    No onions though, please and thank you. It reminds me of a mistake I made one time with a recipe, where I added sugar instead of salt by accident. Now that wasn’t a tasty dish.

    It is nice that you can look back on fond memories when you post your recipes. 🙂

  10. I love rice pudding growing up it was a treat to get this. I remember coming home from school, and mama had fresh rice pudding waiting for me. It was a cheap treat we didn’t have a lot of money and rice was always handy. I think this would be fun and a tasty treat to try.

  11. I’m not exactly a big fan of rice pudding because the first time I tasted it, it wasn’t well prepared and the “chef” (and I use that term very loosely) was not the best. I’ve only ever had it once as a result of that, but this looks so good I am tempted to try it again. The coconut milk/flakes and mango are what made my decision for me. Those are two of my favorite fruits so I can imagine what the dsh would taste like after incorporating those two. Great post, and those pictures look marvelous!

  12. Oh heck yes! I love rice pudding, but i’ve always stayed in the box with it. Cinnamon, Vanilla, Sugar, Milk. THIS recipe, however, has my mouth watering. I want to make it and let it chill for a day in the fridge… Then come home after a long, hot day at work and enjoy this heavenly tropical dessert! I don’t even want to modify the recipe at all. This sounds just perfect!

  13. You know, when I was growing up, it seemed like everyone in my family made rice pudding. I only tried it once, and didn’t like it. But when I saw these bowls of creamy pudding with luscious looking fruit, I thought maybe I should give it another shot! It might be really good as a Christmas dessert. I think I’ll leave out the onions though! LOL

  14. I never thought about incorporating coconut into my rice pudding. I bet that it’s delicious.I am not so sure about the mangoes but I will try just for the fun of it. My kids love rice pudding too so I’m looking forward to see how they will react to this little twist in recipe ????

  15. I started cooking with mango a little time ago, because it is not common around europe.
    But nowadays a lot of markets have them and I like to try new thing so ..
    Also putting them in banana bread or cakes, or just having them with some salt and tequila.

  16. This is reminiscent of a childhood favorite: sticky rice and mangoes! But instead of bringing things to a boil, it is steamed. Anyway, as I’m from the tropics rice and coconut abounds in the area. However, it’s my first time to see rice cooked this way – at least for regular rice. When we have something like the recipe above, we usually use glutinous or sticky rice for a local dish called “puto maya”.

  17. I’m not a really big fan of white rice… or mangos, but this recipe seems so refreshing and sweet that I can’t avoid to want some of it right now! It’s actually kind of remind me to Arroz con leche, that it’s a typical dessert from my country, it’s so sweet and you can enjoy it really hot in winter or really cold in the summer, it’s definitely one of my favorite ones. 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!

  18. I love rice pudding with a passion in part because of the nostalgia of eating it with my mother when I was a child. My concern with this recipe is the sweetness. Rice pudding is already quite sweet on it’s own. I imagine that the mango only adds to that. I tend to think that mango pairs better with more tart flavors. Who knows though. Has anyone tried this yet?

  19. Well I have to say that for someone who lives about as far away from anything topical as is humanly possible, these sorts of things are extremely nice to have on hand. We still get the crazy heat, but it is the bad heat and not the dry heat of the tropics. We also do not get those delicious flavors, at least in anything fresh, so anytime that you can recreate them then I say bring it on, and this one certainly falls into that category. Thanks for sharing, and this is definitely on my “to make” list.

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