Butternut Coconut Rice

As previously mentioned, I am on a budget. In addition to this, I will be moving in two weeks, so I am making an advanced effort of cleaning out my fridge/freezer. I had some frozen squash left over from last fall and came across this recipe. Since I already had coconut milk and pink rice, it was a match made in food heaven. This recipe comes from Isa Chandra Moskowtiz’s Appetite for Reduction. If you don’t have this book, I strongly recommend getting it.


  • 1 c brown basmati rice (I used pink rice)
  • 2 c water
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 lbs butternut squash
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 c sliced shallot
  • 1 tbl minced fresh ginger
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 c light coconut milk
  • 1/4-1/2 c veg broth (I just used water)
  • 1 tbl freshly squeezed lime juice


  1. Cook rice (add rice, water and pinch of salt)
  2. Preheat oven to 400, bake squash for about 45 minutes
  3. When squash is cool to handle, preheat a large skillet over med-high heat. Sauté shallot in the oil for about 7 minutes. Add ginger, garlic, lime zest, red pepper flakes and salt, saute for 2 minutes, turn heat to low
  4. Scoop the flesh out of the squash into the pan, add the coconut milk. Use a potato masher (fork, what have you) and mash into a creamy consistency. Add rice and stir well. Add 1/4 c veg broth (or water) and mix well. You can add up to another 1/4 c of brother to get a creamier consistency if you want. Add lime juice, salt if needed and enjoy!


4 responses

  1. Made this for my husband last night – neither of us are veg, but I have Appetite for Reduction out from the library and have been itching to try this recipe. It was a lot of fun to make, and paired with some steamed veggies and green salad, made a great meal. I’m eating leftovers at my desk right now – even better the next day! Will definitely make this again.

    • That’s awesome! It’s nice trying out fun, new foods. It sounds like a delicious meal. Thanks for commenting your success with the dish. I love hearing what others think of the recipes I post.

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