Laotian Sticky Rice With Durian (Khao Niao Thu Lien)

Durian, the king of fruits
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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 50 mins
Total: 55 mins
Servings: 2 servings
Yield: 2 bowls
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
390 Calories
12g Fat
71g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 390
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 159mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 71g 26%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 24mg 121%
Calcium 19mg 1%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 600mg 13%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

If you love durians, you will love this dessert from Laos. However, if you find durians too pungent to try, this Laotian Sticky Rice with Durian dessert may still surprise you.

The combination of sugar and coconut cream gives this sweet dish a full rich flavor. The bonus–it is so easy to make!


  • 1 cup sticky rice (or glutinous rice)

  • 2 cups fresh coconut milk, divided

  • 1 cup mashed durian flesh

  • 2 tablespoons sugar, or to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Wash and rinse the sticky rice with water. Drain in a colander.

  3. In a bowl, steam the sticky rice with 1 cup of coconut milk on high heat for 45 minutes.

  4. Let it cool down. Separate the sticky rice into 2 serving bowls.

  5. In another bowl, add sugar to the durian flesh and mix well. I recommend about 2 tablespoons of sugar for this recipe, although you may cut down on the sugar according to your taste or for health purposes.

  6. Divide the durian mixture into 2 portions and pour over the steamed rice.

  7. Add 1/2 cup of fresh coconut milk into each serving bowl.

  8. Serve and enjoy.

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