sweet yellow rice with pineapple, vegan rice dessert
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Sweet Yellow Rice with Pineapple and Coconut

Fragrant sweet yellow rice bursting with warming spices and exquisite flavours from sweet pineapple and coconut. Delicious vegan sweet golden rice dessert.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Afternoon Tea, Dessert
Cuisine: Mauritian
Keyword: golden rice, pineapple rice, saffron rice, sweet yellow rice, vegan dessert rice recipe, zarda recipe
Servings: 4
Author: Teenuja Dahari - veganlovlie.com


  • 200 g basmati rice [1 cup]
  • 150 g demerara sugar or to taste, [1 cup]
  • 2 tablespoons demerara sugar
  • 200 g diced pineapple [1 cup]
  • 40 g desiccated coconut [1/2 cup]
  • 10 cardamom pods
  • 1/3 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 teaspoon curcuma powder or yellow food color
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 100 ml coconut milk or soy milk, [1/2 cup]


  • Rinse rice to clean it. Drain.
  • Place rice in a stock pot or deep pan, fill with enough water to cover the rice. Water level should be about 3 inches (approximately 8 cm) above rice. If using a rice cooker, add 1 3/4 cups water and set to cook.
  • Rice should be cooked in about 12 - 15 minutes (if using basmati rice). Test the grains, they should still be firm but well cooked inside.
  • Remove from heat, drain and wash with cold water. Drain. Set aside.
  • In a non-stick pan, add coconut oil.
  • Place pineapple with 2 tablespoons sugar. Cook on medium heat for about 7 - 8 minutes or until pineapple is cooked. Stir occasionally to avoid burning.
  • Add in cardamom pods. Roast a little.
  • Then add rice a little at a time, stirring to coat each grain with the oil.
  • Add cinnamon and sprinkle with cucurma powder. Add sugar and raisins. Stir and mix well.
  • Then pour in the coconut milk. Reduce heat and mix well. It will be quickly absorbed. Lastly add desiccated coconut.
  • Serve warm.


Link to Sweet Yellow Rice with Pineapple and Coconut - https://veganlovlie.com/sweet-yellow-rice-lananas-et-noix-de/