Sticky Rice with Mango Pudding Recipe

Rumour has it that anyone who travels to Thailand falls in love with Sticky Rice Pudding. Well, you don’t have to go to Thailand to try this – together with our friends at SABC 3’s Expresso Morning Show, we’re giving you a recipe to make your very own Thai Sticky Rice with Mango Pudding (serves 2) in the comfort of your own home.

Sticky Rice with Mango Pudding Recipe


2 cups glutinous/sticky rice (soaked in cold water overnight or a minimum of 5 hours)

1 lemongrass stalk, bruised

2 lime leaves

½ tsp salt

1 cup coconut milk

½ cup white sugar

1 ripe mango, peeled and sliced


  1. Rinse rice then drain.
  2. Place the rice into a steamer lined with damp muslin cloth, along with the lemongrass and lime leaves,.
  3. Cover and steam for 20 minutes or until cooked.
  4. Remove lemongrass and lime leaves and discard once cooked.
  5. Place salt, coconut milk and sugar into a saucepan and heat gently until sugar dissolves.
  6. Stir coconut cream into cooked rice while still warm.
  7. Leave to sit, covered, for 20 minutes so that the rice absorbs the liquid.
  8. Serve rice with sliced mango.

You can also make this recipe in the microwave:

  1. Soak rice in hot water (use just enough water to cover).
  2. Place rice, lemongrass and lime leaves into a microwave safe bowl then microwave for 15 minutes.
  3. Mix salt and sugar into coconut milk.
  4. Slowly mix coconut milk into rice, start with 100ml then mix thoroughly – the rice mustn’t be too “wet”
  5. Microwave for another 5 minutes.
  6. Serve sticky rice with mango.

– Recipe by Zola Nene (Expresso Morning Show)