Flavors of Bali: Mango Chili Rice Salad

Flavors of Bali: Mango Chili Rice Salad from www.happyolks.comFlavors of Bali: Mango Chili Rice Salad from www.happyolks.comFlavors of Bali: Mango Chili Rice Salad from www.happyolks.comFlavors of Bali: Mango Chili Rice Salad from www.happyolks.com

Flavors of Bali: Mango Chili Rice Salad from www.happyolks.comFlavors of Bali: Mango Chili Rice Salad from www.happyolks.comFlavors of Bali: Mango Chili Rice Salad from www.happyolks.comFlavors of Bali: Mango Chili Rice Salad from www.happyolks.com

Mango Chili Rice Salad

Inspired by the flavors of Bali, Indonesia.  Images captured in our temporary Penestanan, Ubud home + kitchen. We’re home, now. 

  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1 mango
  • 1 cup celery leaves (or) cilantro
  • 1 cup mint
  • 1 cup basil
  • 1 cup flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 cup green onion
  • 3 leaves kaffir lime leaves
  • 6-8 shallots
  • 3 stalks fresh lemongrass
  • 2-3 chilies of choice
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • several limes
  • salt to taste
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In a medium saucepan bring 2 cups water and 1/4 teaspoon salt to boiling. Slowly add 1 cup long grain rice and return to a boil. Reduce the heat and cover with a tight-fitting lid. Cook about 45 minutes or until rice is tender and water is absorbed. Remove pan from heat and let stand, covered for 5 minutes. Fluff rice with a fork before serving.

Segment mango into bite sized pieces. Set aside in a bowl or prep plate. Julienne celery, mint, basil, and parsley or keep leaves whole – however you prefer. For this variation I kept the herbs whole. Set aside. Cut green onion AND chili(es) of choice at a bias, add to prepped herbs and mango that you’ve set aside.

Chop shallots and fry in a small saucepan over medium heat in coconut oil for 5-10 minutes. While the shallots sizzle, prepare fresh lemon grass stalks. You will need a very sharp knife, as the stalks are quite firm. Remove the lower bulb and shed any tough outer leaves. Slice into thin rounds and pound the pieces with a pestle & mortar until softened and fragrant. Add to the shallots. Cut kaffir lime leaves into thin strips with scissors, add to shallots and lemongrass. Let simmer for another 5 minutes or until slightly browned and fragrant. Add a bit of coconut oil if the mix starts to dry out.

Toss together cooled rice and the prepped herbs, mango, etc. Pour fried shallot mixture over the salad and toss again. Add salt and juice of several limes as desired.

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  1. holly

    oh i just love all of this and you and ray lamontagne. and please, more bali pics!

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  2. Sara

    I want to eat this right now! I’d love to hear more about the recipe, and the place…

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  3. Winnie

    This looks incredible! I LOVE the photos so much. xoxo

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  4. Ordinary Blogger (Rivki Locker)

    what a lovely recipe and what beautiful pics. I’m never able to find kafir lime leaves. Do you think it would still be delicious without them? Any online sources?

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  5. Kelsey

    Hi Rivki, I’ve been able to find kaffir lime leaves in the US at a few of my favorite local asian food grocers. What city do you live in? I can help you do some homework.

  6. myriam

    this looks and sounds divine. enjoy your new abode!

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  7. Sini

    This salad and that light. *swoon*

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  8. Valentina - sweet kabocha

    Oh I would love so much this salad for lunch! Could you please send some to Verona, Italy?? 😀

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  9. julia

    simply beautiful, kelsey

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  10. kristie

    That kitchen looks so incredible, my word! The photos are gorgeous, and that salad looks perfect. Enjoy the rest of your time there!

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  11. margie

    I’m inspired to make a version of this for my daughter’s school lunch. Stunning food — stunning photos!

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  12. Joyti

    It looks like Bali trip was awesome. And this is gorgeous. The light, and your and Shawn’s work here is amazing.

    Reply

  13. Aly

    This post is beautiful, as usual, but oh my – the playlist! LOVE IT!

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  14. Mary @ The Kitchen Paper

    This looks absolutely amazing! We are moving to Bali in a month or so, and I’m really excited to start exploring the food — especially after seeing this! Thanks for the lovely post!

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  15. leonie

    We are in spring now in NZ – longer, warmer days and evenings spent out on the deck eating BBQ meals is how we intend to spend our summer. I can see this salad being on repeat during our lazy evenings. Thanks for sharing

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  16. Chris

    I visit your site to read reflective, wise, insightful words, so at first I was disappointed not to find many in this post, but then I reviewed it again and realized that the photos serve that purpose here. I especially love the photo of the tea kettle and saucepan on the stovetop in your temporary kitchen.

    Incidentally, my brother and his girlfriend were in Ubud and then scuba-diving off the Bali coast at around the time when you were there for your honeymoon, and when they returned they were engaged! It must be a lovely place to celebrate and deepen love.

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  17. life and the lemons

    You are such an inspiration – i visit your blog every day!

    Reply

  18. Kate

    This salad looks incredible and that kitchen! How gorgeous is that?! Can’t wait to see more….

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  19. Somerset Wedding Girl

    Stunning photos, and what a fabulous recipe!

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  20. marie

    Lovely photos, Kelsey, and thank you for this playlist. It’s been my workday soundtrack for the last two days. I always feel nourished by your blog, and not just because of the food! Ditto what Chris said about reasons for visiting the site :) Wishing you well!

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  22. Sophie

    Wow holy smokes! This looks so so delicious and I love the little peek into your temporary-home’s kitchen. I have been obsessing over your IG photos of your trip. Everything is so wild, colorful and lush. Amazing! Can’t wait to try this salad. xoxox

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  24. Curvy. Voluptuous. Fitness. Network

    Everything you post is like art! Absolutely beautiful, healthy and delicious. Thanks for the share!

    Reply

  25. Shelly @ Vegetarian 'Ventures

    Wow – look at that sink! That kitchen looks like it was a wonderful to cook in – glad to see your trip was a success!

    Reply

  26. Phoebe Lapine @ Feed Me Phoebe

    Elegant photos of a tasty salad!

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  27. erin @ she cooks, she gardens

    What a beautiful part of the world you are currently inhabiting, Ubud is such a special place and this salad captures the essence of Balinese cooking. Lovely!

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  28. Elenore

    Kelsey!

    I always marvel at your creations.. this is not an exception.. This kitchen! These colors! The Salad! And last but not least, your playlist… I always come back to your playlists and now that I think of it I remember mentioning my huge unsucces in tracking down/remembering good music in the letter I sent to you last spring..

    Anyhow, enough of me. I hope you’ve enjoyed Bali so much and that the magical island treated you well. Altough I’m sure she did :)

    Lotsa love!

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  29. Sherry

    Thank you for sharing this! I can’t wait to try it and bring some to work for lunch, it will make all my co-workers crave it also!

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  30. Caris

    Mango and chilli? Wow. I never thought of that combination! I’m actually interested to try!
    Oh, and your photos are AMAZING! Thanks for this tip!

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  31. Aman Chandi

    Kelsey is back!!! Yay!
    http://lifturbum.blogspot.ca

    Reply

  32. Victoria

    I absolutely love your combinations. Food and music – two of my favourite things!

    Reply

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  34. ami@naivecookcooks

    More bali pics please please!! This rice salad looks so vibrant and delicious! Pinning to making in mango season!

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  35. Millie | Add A little

    I literally cannot get over how gorgeous these photos are. Absolutely stunning!

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  37. ATasteOfMadness

    Your photos are gorgeous! And this salad sounds magical!

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  38. Megan

    Dearie me, this has got to be the best playlist of all time. Hope you’re having a blast!

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  40. Jade Sheldon-Burnsed

    This looks absolutely delicious…

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  42. Renee H.

    What a nice cooking space! I ALWAYS have tunes playing when I’m in the kitchen, glad to see I’m not the only one 😉

    How long were you in Bali? This recipe has similar flavor combinations to that which we found during our time in Cambodia. I could eat mango all day! I bet this would be amazing with some cashews tossed in. Mmmmm

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  44. Marie-Alice

    I had to leave a comment on this one.
    These pictures and recipe were in my mind for days until I finally cooked the wonderful dish yesterday. Thank you for this, you made a random stranger completely happy because of your blog.
    All the best

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