Bodhi Day

sweet sticky rice


On Bodhi Day, it is a tradition to eat a dish of milk rice to represent the first meal that Sujata, a beautiful girl with a thousand cows, offered to The Buddha after his days of fasting and meditation.

As a family who place the wellbeing of their taste buds above all things, and given I don’t have any cows at all, I’ve decided to create a tasty variation on the original. We love Thai-style Black Sticky Rice but, as we can’t get the black stuff at short notice, we’ll recreate a our own version using white sticky rice in creamy coconut milk.


Sweet Sticky Rice


250 sticky rice (from Asian grocery stores)
1/4 cup palm sugar (crushed into powder)
1 pandan leaf
¼ teaspoon salt
270 ml coconut milk
Fresh fruit to serve (banana or mango works well)


  • Soak the rice in cold water for an hour then rinse and place in saucepan with pandan leaf.
  • Cover with water and simmer until all the water is absorbed and the rice is swollen and sticky.
  • If the rice is still too hard, add 1 cup more water and cook until absorbed.
  • Once the rice has become sticky but firm in texture remove pandan leaf and remove rice from heat.
  • In a bowl, mix two-thirds of the coconut milk with salt and sugar until dissolved.
  • Add the rice and mix together then cover and leave for about 20 mins.
  • Once milk mixture has been absorbed, serve warm in bowls with a drizzle of the remaining coconut milk and fresh fruit.

3 Comments on Bodhi Day

  1. Shelley
    December 9, 2012 at 11:14 pm (9 years ago)

    Thank you for this! I have been looking for an easy sticky rice recipe for ages. Mango sticky rice is the first thing I am having when we get to Thailand next month. Cannot wait! Any ideas about what to use if you do not have access to a pandan leaf…

      December 10, 2012 at 5:56 am (9 years ago)

      Pandan leaf absolutely optional. And palm sugar could be swapped with brown sugar too…


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