Wondering how to make Koko Alaisa (Cocoa Rice)? Let's start with what it is. Koko Alaisa is a heart warming dish and is considered a staple in Samoa, and in Samoan communities all over the globe. in essence it is chocolate rice, and is deliciously simple and yes, it is definitely comfort food territory. One of the best things about Samoa is some of the simple Samoan food that just tastes so darn good.
Many Samoans think fondly back to their childhoods where Koko Alaisa would be served at family gatherings. In fact, for Samoans reading this, you might almost be able to smell the scent of Koko and fresh bread in the pacific island air right now. Of course you're probably imagining taro leaves, corned beef and treats from freshly hand squeezed coconut milk.
For everyone else you’ll just have to ask a Samoan friend and watch had their eyes light up with the joys of childhood and delicious koko treats.
OR you could always just make some delicious Koko Alaisa yourself! We recommend authentic Samoan Cacao Paste (Koko) made from Samoan cacao beans for this dish, like the cacao sold right here at The Koko Samoa. Is it really that different? You bet! Samoan cacao is some of the rarest cacao in the world and prepared correctly, is dark, rich and extremely nutrient dense. Ready to be transported back to the islands of Samoa?
- 2 cups of rice
- 1 litre of water (depending on how big your pot is)
- 1.5 cups of coconut cream
- 1½ cup sugar (or to your own taste)
- 400g of Cacao Paste (Koko Samoa)
- Firstly, you're going to fill up your pot three quarters of the way, which is roughly equivalent to one litre of water.
- Turn your oven to high, just so you can get the water boiling.
- Boil the water for 10 to 15 minutes, and then you add your Koko Samoa once you see that the water is starting to boil.
- When the Koko Samoa starts to dissolve, turn down the heat to medium and keep on stirring until it is completely dissolved.
- Add your white sugar, depending on how sweet you want the Koko Alaisa.
- Add your rice and then wait for the rice to be cooked.
- Stir the rice every now and then. This normally takes around 20 minutes for it to cook.
- Once you see the rice has been cooked, add the coconut cream, then you turn your heat down and let it simmer for 5 minutes.
Koko Alaisa should look similar to a thick soup. Serve warm and enjoy!