Rennie Mystery Box Challenge: Cambodian Sticky Rice & Dragonfruit

Happy Friday, everyone!

If you didn’t manage to read my post on Monday about the Rennie Happy Eating event, then go back and catch up, or else you might feel a little lost!

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So last time I left you, I had just found out what my mystery ingredient was for Rennie‘s Mystery Box Challenge.

My mystery ingredient turned out to be…

Cambodian Sticky Rice & Mango: Rennie Mystery Box
… dragonfruit!

Luckily, I have attempted a couple of recipes using dragonfruit before (like my gluten-free pancakes!) But the stakes are high – a dinner for two at Restaurant Story, people – so I wanted to do something a little different.

The first time I had dragonfruit was when I went to visit my family in Cambodia. I was totally drawn to the colourful, exotic looking fruit, and I absolutely loved having for breakfast almost everyday while I was out there.

So I wanted to do something inspired by my time in Cambodia, which resulted in this recipe – my version of the traditional sticky rice and mango, but with a dragonfruit thrown in for good measure!

Cambodian Sticky Rice & Mango: Rennie Mystery Box
The other ingredients in this recipe are pretty summery and exotic too – I absolutely love the combination of flavours and textures in this.

Cambodian Sticky Rice & Mango: Rennie Mystery Box

Rennie Mystery Box Challenge: Cambodian Sticky Rice & Dragonfruit
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I was challenged by the lovely team at Rennie to come up with a recipe for my mystery box ingredient - dragonfruit! I absolutely fell in love with the stuff when I went to Cambodia for the first time, where my family now live. I wanted to recreate a Cambodian-style recipe that I had when I was over there - a sticky rice dessert made with a coconut milk and palm sugar caramel. A little taste of summer (so you can pretend its not winter outside!)
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Cambodian
Serves: 4 Portions
  • 2 Cups of Sticky Rice (I used arborio)
  • 4 Tablespoons of Palm Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons of Desiccated Coconut
  • Half Cup of Coconut Milk
  • 1 Ripe Mango
  • Half a Tablespoon of Butter
  • Sesame Seeds
  1. Cook the cups of rice either in a rice cooker or on the stove.
  2. In a saucepan, heat the coconut milk until boiling.
  3. Add the palm sugar and stir until dissolved.
  4. Boil the coconut milk for about five minutes, and add butter, stirring until smooth.
  5. Place the sticky rice on a plate and arrange pieces of sliced mango and dragonfruit.
  6. Top with desiccated coconut, palm caramel and the sesame seeds.
  7. Serve warm.
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Serving size: 4
Cambodian Sticky Rice & Mango: Rennie Mystery Box
The palm caramel is absolutely delicious – I actually think it would be a brilliant topping or replacement for fudge.

Cambodian Sticky Rice & Mango: Rennie Mystery Box
The coconut, mango and dragonfruit make this dish really exotic and unusual, but there’s something comforting and familiar about the caramel flavours too.

Cambodian Sticky Rice & Mango: Rennie Mystery Box
I’d absolutely LOVE it if you would go over and check out the recipe over on the SORTEDfood site – and give it a cheeky vote! I’m in for the chance to win a dinner for two at Restaurant Story, and I’ve wanted to go for ages!

Have you cooked anything with dragonfruit? Let me know by commenting below, or on TwitterFacebook or Instagram!

  • Rhian Westbury

    What a colourful dish. I have never tried Dragonfruit because I am really bad with eating fruit in general but this recipe sounds lovely. Good luck with the competition x

    • Ooh dragon fruit is really nice! Definitely give it a try – especially as it looks so lovely in a fruit bowl! Thanks Rhian 🙂 xxx

  • Hannah Latoya Bond

    This looks really colorful. I’ve never seen a combo of fruit with rice, it looks great x

    • Thank you Hannah! It’s actually really nice, quite surprising as I usually only have it with savoury dishes! xx

  • YUM YUM!! This had me craving for an exotic dessert really bad haha! Well done Erin, it looks fab and I love the colours!


    • Thanks Lucy! I absolutely LOVED what you did with the kumquat – might need to recreate that for myself soon! xxx

  • Oh my gosh, looks so good Erin! I love mango sticky rice and with the dragon fruit, I can imagine it adds a great texture! Asian fruits are the best 🙂

    Hanh / hanhabelle

    • Thanks Hanh! 🙂 I just love the colour of the dragonfruit, and I wasn’t sure how else to make it really. Asian fruits really are the best! xxxx