Sweet Coconut Sticky Rice: Khao Niew Kaew


If you’re a lover of sweet coconut sticky rice, you will also love this one: Khao Niew Kaew (ข้าวเหนียวแก้ว) 🙂 Similar to Thai sticky rice with mango, Khao Niew Kaew is a very popular traditional Thai dessert that is often served at ceremonies or partys. It is easy to prepare since you only need Thai sticky rice, coconut cream, sugar and pandan leaves & juice. Optionally, you may also use food colouring but in the traditional recipe, only pandan juice is used.

Sweet Coconut Sticky Rice

Sweet coconut sticky rice, Khao Niew Kaew (photo: bloggang.com)

Sweet coconut sticky rice, Khao Niew Kaew (photo: bloggang.com)

Ingredients for 3-5 servings:

  • 1 cup of sticky rice, soaked overnight
  • 1 cup of coconut cream
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of pandan juice
  • 1 TSP white sesame
  • pandan leaf cups or muffin trays


First rinse the sticky rice, then steam the rice on a high heat for about 20-25 minutes. Second, mix the cooked sticky rice with the coconut cream, then cover the mixture and let it rest for about 10 minutes. Now pour the mixture into a pan and add the sugar. Mix everything together well on a low heat until the sugar is completely dissolved. Finally add the pandan juice and keep stirring until the mixture thickens. Put the mixture into pandan leaf cups or muffin trays and sprinkle with white seasame. You’re ready to serve!

The following video shows you how to prepare this traditional Thai dessert easily. Enjoy!

I hope you’ll give sweet coconut sticky rice a try! 🙂

Yours, Sirinya

(P.S. for more general information, check out my Thai Food Dictionary)

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