Healthy Dinner: Coconut Rice with Daikon Radish

March 1, 2023

Healthy Dinner: Coconut Rice with Daikon Radish

To me, there’s perhaps nothing as grounding and nourishing as a bowl of rice. Even while so many other grains (or psuedo-grains, as the case is with quinoa) have come into vogue in recent years, rice still has a special place in my heart. This particular recipe stands out because I’ve included coconut milk and daikon radish–two flavorful additions–which add elements of sweet and savory to the dish. Serve with some sauteed garlic greens and baked tofu, and you’ll have yourself a simple, nutrient-dense meal.

Healthy Dinner: Coconut Rice with Daikon Radish

Coconut Rice with Daikon Radish

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 25 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes


1/2 cup basmati rice

2/3 cup daikon radish, chopped finely

1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk

1 1/2 cups water

1 tablespoon tamari

1 tablespoon coconut sugar (or organic cane sugar)

1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 tablespoon lime juice

Cilantro, for topping


1. Mix together milk, water, tamari, sugar, coriander, and ginger in a medium saucepan.

2. Bring to a boil and add the rice and daikon radish. Lower heat to a simmer and cook until the liquid has been absorbed, about 25 minutes.

3. Once liquid is absorbed, take the rice off heat and mix in lime juice.

4. Top with a handful of cilantro and serve immediately.

Healthy Dinner: Coconut Rice with Daikon Radish Healthy Dinner: Coconut Rice with Daikon Radish

Have you cooked with daikon radish?

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Contributing Editor Molly Lansdowne lives in Boston, Massachusetts. In her free time, she enjoys writing, practicing yoga, and traveling around New England. Follow Molly on Pinterest @bostonvegan and Instagram @molly_lansdowne.


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