Basic Mekong Flower Rice

Photo by: Sarah Shatz

by Whole Foods Market

over 2 years ago

Mekong flower rice is called 'Phka Malis' in Khmer, which means beautiful garland of flowers, referring to the delicate floral aroma of the rice once cooked. Mekong flower is a whole-grain rice, meaning that the germ and bran layer remain intact. This intensifies the rice's fragrance and nutty flavor while retaining the highest nutritional value. This nourishing whole grain rice has a lovely supple texture. The basic ratio for cooking Mekong flower rice is 1 part rice to 1 1/2 parts water (or broth for more flavor).

Makes 2 to 2 1/2 cups

  • 1 cup Mekong flower rice
  • 1 1/2 cup water (or broth)
  • Pinch salt (optional)
  1. Rinse rice 2 to 3 times with cool water.
  2. Combine rice and water in a heavy pot with a tight-fitting lid. Add a pinch of salt (optional). Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer gently until tender, about 30 minutes. Remove from heat. Let stand, covered, for 10 minutes. Fluff and serve.

Nutrition Info:


  • 351 calories
  • 1g total fat
  • 0g saturated fat
  • 0mg cholesterol
  • 83mg sodium
  • 78g carbohydrate (0g dietary fiber, 0g sugar)
  • 7g protein
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