Jan 21

Coconut Curry Basmati Brown Rice

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This was kinda a hard one because it forced me to choose between my beloved rice cooker vs. my slow cooker! :/

As it happens, my first-world rice cooker (NS-TSC10 5.5-Cup Micom Rice Cooker & Warmer [affiliate link!]) won the throwdown (but it doesn’t make me love my slow cooker any less!) because it’s stuck with me through thick and thin–it made its first debut back in July-ish of 2012, right before I started medical school. (Time sure flies!! Now I’m done with med school and in my 2nd year of residency! :O )

Translation: it’s my 5th(!) year of owning this wondrous contraption. I don’t think I’d ever truly need anything else because it’s so darn versatile.


Zojirushi Rice Cooker

Rice cookers are a vital staple to any Asian household.

…yes, I know I live alone (aside from the Muffin <3), but I’m still going to count myself as a household because I can eat enough to feed a small family.

You can also use it to make mixed rice, sweet rice, porridge…the options are endless! <3 It also comes with a BPA-free steaming basket, a rice measuring cup, nonstick rice spatula, and a spatula holder that attaches to the rice cooker. I used to bake cakes for friends with this one, and have also used it to make sushi rice for onigiri! It can technically function as a slow cooker (I just haven’t gotten around to using it for that yet) too! The cord is retractable and the parts (steamer basket, inner lid, inner cooking bowl) are all detachable for easy cleaning.

Coconut Curry Basmati Brown Rice

Curry Coconut Basmati Brown Rice | @fairyburger

Curry Coconut Basmati Brown Rice

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Prep: Cook: Yield: 8 servings of riceTotal:

You'll Need...

  • 2 cups uncooked basmati brown rice
  • ~1 3/4 cans coconut milk*
  • 2 tbsp green curry paste
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened dried coconut flakes
  • 1 cup frozen vegetables


  1. Add uncooked basmati rice to rice cooker with 1 cup of cold water. Swirl + rinse rice in water, then drain.
  2. Pour in coconut milk and add curry paste + coconut flakes. Mix together.
  3. Choose the "brown rice" option** on your rice cooker and press "Start."
  4. About 15 minutes before your rice is ready, add frozen vegetables to steamer basket and place into rice cooker.
  5. Mix the rice and vegetables together, then top with desired spices and serve!

Additional Notes

*The rice cooker has lines in the bowl to show you how much liquid to add per cup of rice that you put in!
**If you don't have a "brown rice" feature, you should be able to get by with adding enough liquid to fill to the "3 cup" mark instead of the 2 cup mark.
You can definitely add more than 1 cup of veggies, but I didn't want to overload the steamer tray.

Psst–feel free to season it with your desired spices and to add your choice of protein! :]

Curry Coconut Basmati Brown Rice | @fairyburger


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  1. Mary

    Now, this is a Rice Cooker!!!! LOL, I had no idea you could eat enough to feed a small family. This Coconut Curry Basmati Brown Rice looks delicious.
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    1. Farrah

      hehehe, I don’t do it all the time, but I’m the resident food receptacle whenever I’m out with friends and they can’t finish their meals! 😛

  2. Siddik

    My family has 4 members. Is it work for me? plz say something

    1. Farrah

      I don’t see why not! You’ll probably have to steam more vegetables, but other than that, this should work just fine!

  3. Barrie Mooney

    I have always wanted a rice cooker and never gotten one- with all my contraptions and no where to put them all, I may have to delay getting one though! My favorite is the ice cream maker I have, but the most used has got to be my slow-cooker for sure- as in weekly! That rice looks amazing- going to try in a pot!
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    1. Farrah

      I feel ya! I probably have way too many kitchen contraptions too, which is why I haven’t jumped onto the Instant Pot bandwagon yet (it was cool to get to use my friend’s though!).

      Do you have a favorite recipe for your ice cream maker? I’ve been meaning to get more use out of the one I have! :O

  4. Alex Pearson

    I have been ALL about some curry pastes and spices lately! And I got an immersion blender for Christmas and it’s a total game changer!
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    1. Farrah

      Ahhh! I have one that my friend gave me but I accidentally left it in California (whyyyyy!). I need it back!!

  5. Ricardo

    My housemates and I have been using this for the last 2 years https://www.chefsteps.com/joule
    Needless to say, we haven’t really used anything else, haha.

    1. Farrah

      hahaha, I can definitely see why! :O

  6. linda


    1. Farrah

      Yay for easy meals! :D!!
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  7. ShootingStarsMag

    Ooh this looks yummy. And you and your cat totally make a household. 🙂 That’s awesome you’ve had this gadget for the past five years! I need to start building up my kitchen appliances.
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    1. Farrah

      haha, I’m glad you agree! 😛

      I feel like I have too many, but on the plus side, I haven’t purchased any new ones in years and have been trying to use the ones I have more?! :O
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  8. Annmarie

    We both got curry on the brain! #GetInMyBelly!
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    1. Farrah

      Oh em gee I want those fries so bad, hahaha. *-*
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  9. jennifer

    THis looks delicious — I got the Instant Pot and can easily adapt for it! YUM!
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    1. Farrah

      Yay! That’s awesome! :] I hope you like it!
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  10. Kara @ Byte Sized Nutrition

    I love cooking rice in coconut milk.. it takes it to the next level! Someday (when I have a larger kitchen), I definitely want to get a rice cooker – I’ve heard about so many cool things that you can do with them!

    1. Farrah

      I’m with you there! I want a Vitamix someday (also when I’m done moving around/have a larger kitchen/am richer), hehehe. 😀
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  11. Shelby @Fitasamamabear

    I could actually live off curry- I love it all! Thanks for the great recipe 🙂
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    1. Farrah

      haha, me too! <3! Especially curry with coconut milk! *-* Thank you!

  12. Becca | Rabbit Food Runner

    Hmm… your making me want a rice cooker now!
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    1. Farrah

      hehehe, my apologies! (But they are all sorts of wonderful! *-*)
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  13. Lindsey Pine

    I’ve always wanted a rice cooker!! Great choice for essential appliance!
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    1. Farrah

      They’re amazing! I’m so glad I have this one! <3
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  14. Tiffany @ The Chi-Athlete

    I want my whole face in that bowl! That looks and sounds delish!

    1. Farrah

      haha, thanks, Tiffany! 😀 I’m almost out–need to make more! :'(
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  15. Hannah

    I mostly use the Instant Pot for rice, but I also don’t make rice super often. Current favorite appliance – probably at least partly because it’s still newish – is my food processor.
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    1. Farrah

      Yay for food processors! I’ve always wanted one and finally bit the bullet and got one…but I accidentally sent it to my parents’ house (…) so I need to go retrieve that the next time I’m home, hahah.
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  16. Agness of Run Agness Run

    Yum! Such a healthy lunch recipe, Farrah! I love brown rice but I’ve never tried this combination with coconut curry. Can I use fresh instead of frozen veggies?

    1. Farrah

      Hi! It’s definitely been my favorite for lunch lately (I’ve been adding some honey BBQ chicken for protein! 😛 )! Fresh veggies would definitely work–I just mostly have frozen around because I can’t get through fresh produce quickly enough! Just don’t steam it quite as long as I did. :]!
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  17. Alison's Allspice

    I love my rice cooker too! Your recipe looks so flavorful, can’t wait to try it!
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  18. Sharon

    Sounds yummy! You’ve got a fancy rice cooker. I didn’t know you could add stuff to cook in a rice cooker like that. I’m looking to get an instant pot soon!

    1. Farrah

      It’s wonderfulllll! <3 I've heard great things about the instant pot and got to try using it a couple weeks ago–seems like it'll be a good investment! 😀 Hope you have fun with it!!

  19. Laura Dembowski

    I love curry powder and am super excited to check out green curry paste. Such a great way to add flavor to dishes without a lot of calories.
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  20. Adele Pile, Headache Free Foodie

    Yes please, something I can cook in my rice cooker with a bit of flavour. Thanks for sharing this Migraine-friendly recipe. Bravo 💜💜💜

  21. Renée

    yum! we just switched over to brown basmati as we eat a LOT of Indian curries. Our rice cooker has been THE BEST purchase EVER.
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  22. Kristy from Southern In Law

    Oooh, yum! I loveee brown rice with anything so this looks perfect!
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  23. Tara | Treble in the Kitchen

    LOVE rice 🙂 I actually have a rice cooker too, but haven’t used it in years! I find it just as easy to make on the stove 🙂 Maybe I should dust it off and give it another try 🙂

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