Rice is a staple in numerous countries around the world. Coconut rice is common in Asian countries and can be eaten as a sweet side dish to something spicy or combined with fruit to make a dessert. For this recipe, a fragrant long grain rice like Basmati or Jasmine is best because the floral notes pair lovely with the coconut. The rice is cooked with a combination of coconut milk and water which gives the rice a rich chewy texture. If you are going the sweet route, mix the rice with dried fruit, toasted coconut, and slices of fresh mangoes.