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Black rice with mango and coconut cream

Breakfast Veganisable
Serves 6
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Although black glutinous rice was a staple of Scully’s childhood breakfasts, Yotam got hooked on the rice during his travels in Malaysia. The rice is, contrary to what its name suggests, a very deep burgundy colour and gluten-free. It tastes nutty, looks striking and has a texture which is both starchy and slightly al dente at the same time, with each grain retaining its identity when cooked. For the best results, soak the rice overnight and stir often while it’s cooking to help release the starch and increase its creamy softness. Pandan leaves are also used widely in both sweet and savoury Southeast Asian cooking, infusing dishes with a coconutty, almost grassy, fragrance. If you can't find them, they can be substituted with a vanilla pod – slit open and seeds scraped.


400g black glutinous rice, soaked in plenty of water overnight
100g pandan leaf (10 large leaves), tied in a knot (or 1 vanilla pod, halved lengthways and seeds scraped)
1 medium mango, peeled and diced into 2cm cubes (200g)
2 medium bananas, peeled and sliced into 1cm thick pieces (150g)
120ml coconut cream
coarse sea salt
200g palm sugar, coarsely grated if starting with a block
80g pandan leaf (8 large leaves) (or 1 vanilla pod, halved lengthways and seeds scraped)


  1. Drain and rinse the rice and place it in a large saucepan with the pandan leaves, 1.2 litres of water and 1 tablespoon of salt. Bring to the boil, then cook on a medium heat for 30–35 minutes, stirring every few minutes, until the rice is cooked through but still retains a bite and has the consistency of thick wet porridge. Discard the pandan leaves and keep the rice somewhere warm until ready to serve.
  2. While the rice is cooking, make the syrup. Place the palm sugar and pandan leaves in a small saucepan with 150ml of water. Bring to the boil, then cook on a medium-high heat for 20 minutes, until it has the consistency of maple syrup and has reduced by half. Remove and discard the pandan leaves and add 50ml of the syrup to the rice. Stir through, then divide the rice between the bowls. Top with the mango and banana and drizzle over the coconut cream. You want the cream to have a pouring consistency, so thin it down with a little bit of water, if needed. Serve at once, with the remaining palm sugar syrup drizzled on top.