Try Something New for Breakfast: Balinese Coconut Rice


Balinese Coconut Rice

This is a delicious breakfast dish I learned how to make when I visited Bali many years ago. It is easy to make and liked by all! I changed the ingredients just a bit to make it really healthy. Instead of using coconut milk only, I use coconut water and just a bit of coconut milk. If you want more creaminess without the fat, use a bit of vanilla soymilk. Because it takes a bit of time to make it, (about 45 minutes) I recommend you plan to  make it on a leisurely weekend morning.


  • 1 Cup Black forbidden rice (in bulk at whole foods)
  • 1/3 can light coconut milk (trader joe's)
  • 1 cup coconut water trader joe's)
  • Unsweetened vanilla soymilk (optional)
  • Walnuts - handful
  • 1 large banana - sliced
  • Dried,shredded coconut - handful
  • 1 cup Water


  1. Put rice in medium size pan
  2. Add coconut water and water
  3. Put on full heat, almost bringing it to a boil ~ lower heat, just like you would if you made regular brown rice
  4. Add coconut milk
  5. Add more water as needed or vanilla soy milk (soy milk makes it creamier)
  6. After about 30 minutes add walnuts, banana and coconut.
  7. Continue to cook until rice is soft, about 10-15 more minutes



I don't add any sweetener to the dish, I don't like foods that are overly sweet, and the bananas give the dish a natural sweetness. If you need to, you can add a tad of maple syrup at the end.

The dish can be served warm or cold.