Coconut Rice and Beans

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Rice and Beans

This is one of my absolute favorite ways to eat rice and beans, it’s so delicious you might just forget the stew. I decided to make this version plain because of the way I was serving it, you can make this Jollof style by adding two cooking spoons of Nigerian Stew base when you add in coconut milk.

Coconut Rice and Beans

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Serves: 6

Remember you can make a sauced / jollof version by adding some blended pepper sauce.
  • 2 cups Beans
  • 1 cup Rice
  • 1 can Cooking coconut milk (400ml)
  • ½ medium onion (sliced)
  • Salt - to taste
  1. Wash and drain beans
  2. Place a large pot on medium-high heat, add in beans, onions and 5 cups of water. Cover and leave to cook until beans is soft (about 1hr30mins)
  3. Add rice, salt and coconut milk into the cooked beans, stir to combine. Balance out the liquid in the pot so that there is just enough to cover mix. Reduce heat to low-medium, simmer until rice is cooked through (about 25-30 minutes)
  4. Remove pot from heat and fluff rice & beans with a fork. Serve and enjoy

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By |March 18th, 2015|37 Comments


  1. Zim July 29, 2016 at 10:51 am - Reply

    can i use basmati rice?

  2. Mrs Ify Kalu Okechukwu January 8, 2016 at 6:14 am - Reply

    I just love this site. Am so making this for dinner today. My Husband says he is wowed daily by my cooking. All thanks to you. God bless you for sharing.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie January 8, 2016 at 11:30 am - Reply

      Amen amen!!! I really appreciate your prayer as well as feedback.

  3. olly October 20, 2015 at 4:32 pm - Reply

    Very straightforward posts. I love coming here. Thank you for doing this

  4. Enu October 17, 2015 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    Hello. I want to ask…can I eat this with stew?

  5. Ngozi September 7, 2015 at 3:49 pm - Reply

    Made this, was quite nice

  6. Victoria July 21, 2015 at 8:43 am - Reply

    I want to try the coconut rice and beans recipe. Is it okay to use (powdered) coconut spice and then mix with water to make coconut milk?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie July 21, 2015 at 11:09 am - Reply

      Hi! I have never tried with coconut powder. Are you able to get fresh coconut and extract the milk that way?

  7. Vicky June 29, 2015 at 10:23 am - Reply

    Hi! Thanks so much for sharing your recipes. Hopefully this isn’t a silly question but do you add uncooked rice to the cooked beans? Thank you!

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie June 29, 2015 at 8:40 pm - Reply

      Hello Vicky, it’s not silly at all. Add in uncooked rice.

  8. UGO June 8, 2015 at 8:49 am - Reply

    This was super! Although I tweaked it a bit by adding freshly blended tomatoes and pepper to the coconut milk mix and also more spices and then simmered everything together. Your recipes has been helping me spice up my kitchen and opening me up to tweaking my already known recipes. My husband loves all the “experiments” as he calls them.

    Thanks for bringing out your time to put all these up and even making it free and accessible. I am a fan.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie June 9, 2015 at 2:33 pm - Reply

      yeiiiiii!!!!! That’s awesome. Thanks for the feedback.

      • pat November 23, 2015 at 4:58 am - Reply

        Yep! My hubby has eaten all sorts since I stumbled on your website…God bless! Truth be told, my cooking was becoming boring…

  9. Sandra March 31, 2015 at 10:37 am - Reply

    I love that you take your time to reply questions.

  10. Barbara Forson March 29, 2015 at 8:08 am - Reply

    Thanks dear

  11. Barbara Forson March 28, 2015 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    Is the can coconut milk suppose to be liquid or thick white pls

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie March 28, 2015 at 8:25 pm - Reply

      It’s supposed to be on the thick side… the consistency of evaporated milk.

  12. Zainab March 26, 2015 at 1:03 pm - Reply

    Hi Ronke…I just made your coconut rice and beans and it’s lush…my kids don’t like beans but they ate it all up with sauce. You rock and I’m gonna make more of your recipes

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie March 28, 2015 at 8:54 pm - Reply

      Awwww.. I am very happy to hear that, thanks for the feedback.

  13. moona March 22, 2015 at 3:47 am - Reply

    ‘Ve not loved beans since boarding school but i am beginning to find a reason to try it again n again thanks to you.

  14. Erica March 21, 2015 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    I like the new format with required time and how many people it feeds. I’m obsessed with your site!

  15. Bogho El March 20, 2015 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    Hi Ronke,
    I love jasmine rice, but seems you used parboiled rice here based on how the grains look. Pls confirm. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie March 20, 2015 at 9:04 pm - Reply

      Yes, I used parboiled rice. You can use Jasmine rice if you prefer, you will need a little bit less liquid though.

  16. Edna Lawani March 20, 2015 at 4:13 am - Reply

    Can I use coconut oil?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie March 20, 2015 at 9:09 pm - Reply

      You do not need any oil at all. Coconut milk has enough oil.

  17. dammie March 19, 2015 at 4:33 am - Reply

    How do I make the coconut milk? Thank you.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie March 19, 2015 at 12:05 pm - Reply

      Puree coconut with some water, sieve the juice. Boil mixture until reduced by at least half.

  18. Barbara Forson March 18, 2015 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    Can I add soda to de beans to make waakye or add waakye leaves pls.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie March 19, 2015 at 12:06 pm - Reply

      definitely!!! that would be even more amazing actually

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