Thai Mango Sticky Rice

Thai Mango Sticky Rice

No need to travel far to Thailand this summer, get a taste of the tropical paradise by making Thai Mango Sticky Rice at home.

What is Thai Mango Sticky Rice?

When I think of Thailand, the first thing that comes to my mind is Mango Sticky Rice (known as Khao niaow ma muang in Thai). This dessert is a popular street food option in Thailand and many Thai restaurants. It’s heavenly, refreshing and can satisfy any sweet tooth. I loved eating this dish and had fond memories of it when visiting Thailand a few years back.

As I am now living in Sweden, eating Mango Sticky Rice is so refreshing, summery and feels like coming back to that tropical paradise.

What type of rice is used in this recipe?

This recipe calls for glutinous rice, also known as sweet or sticky rice. You can find this at most Asian supermarkets. The traditional method of cooking sticky rice is with a steamer. However, using a stove pot or rice cooker is a shortcut that reduces the preparation time of this dish. You can cook the glutinous rice as you would with normal rice. After cooking, the rice will become fragrant and fluffy, to soak up all the heavenly coconut sauce.

How is the Sticky Rice in this recipe made?

Please see the detailed explanation below:

  • Steamer method: If you use a steamer, soak the glutinous rice in plenty of water overnight, or for at least 3 hours. Put the rice on top and water at the bottom of the steamer. Steam for about 20 minutes, then add the coconut milk and mix well.
  • Stove pot or rice cooker method: If you use a rice cooker, you don’t need to soak the rice. Just put glutinous rice and water, the ratio of rice to water is 1:2. After cooking, add the coconut milk and mix well.

Ingredients and substitutions

As the name suggests, the crucial ingredients of the recipe are:

  • Sticky Rice: you can use either glutinous or sweet rice.
  • Mango: choose the ripest mango you can find. Ripe mangos add sweet mouth-watering flavors and a soft texture to this dish.
  • Coconut Milk: choose full-fat coconut milk to maximize the creaminess of the dish.

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Thai Mango Sticky Rice

  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x


Get a taste of Thailand with this Thai Mango Sticky Rice dessert. It's full of flavor, refreshing and satisfying to your sweet tooth. Using the rice cooker as a shortcut method, this recipe only takes 30 minutes to make.


Units Scale
  • 250 g glutinous or sweet rice
  • 350400 ml water
  • 1 ripe mango
  • 200 ml coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • salt
  • 1.5 tsp corn starch (mix with water to make a corn starch slurry)
  • roasted coconut flakes
  • roasted sesame seeds


  1. Wash the glutinous or sweet rice, drain the water then cook the rice in a rice cooker like how you cook normal rice.
  2. Peel the mango and slice it into bitesized pieces.
  3. On a pot, heat up the coconut milk, add salt and sugar and mix well.
  4. Remove the pot from heat, pour half of the coconut liquid into the cooked rice, mix well to combine and let it sit for.
  5. For the remaining half of the coconut liquid, add the corn starch slurry (1.5 tsp corn starch mixed with 4 tsp water) and simmer on low heat until thickened. This will be the coconut sauce.
  6. Assemble the Mango Sticky Rice, pour the coconut sauce on top and garnish with some optional toasted coconut flakes and sesame seeds. Enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: thailand

Keywords: 30-minute dessert, mango sticky rice, sweet, thai food, thai mango sticky rice

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