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Arroz con Coco Titoté (Rice with Coconut and Raisins)

Arroz con Coco Titoté is a traditional and popular side dish from the Caribbean region of Colombia.

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What is Arroz con Coco Titoté?

It’s a traditional rice dish from the Caribbean region of Colombia made with coconut milk and raisins. It’s typically prepare with fresh coconut milk, but just to make this recipe easier I used canned coconut milk.

The first time I tried this delicious rice was in a restaurant in Cartagena where it was served with fried trout and stewed yuca and it was the prefect side dish with a wonderful combination of flavors and textures.

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How to Make Titoté?

Titoté is the caramelized leavings created as a result of cooking coconut milk for about 30 minutes over low heat to prevent burning it. In Colombia some supermarkets sell the titoté ready in jars which makes the recipe quicker and easier to make.

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Ingredients you’ll need to make this rice:

Coconut milk: Traditionally this recipe is made with fresh coconut milk, but you can use canned coconut milk if you don’t have fresh coconuts.

Rice: I recommend using long grain rice to make this dish.

Raisins: They are an important ingredient in this recipe, but if you don’t like them just omit them.

Seasoning: Sugar, salt and water. You can fin all the ingredients amounts and directions in the recipe card below.

Whether you’re a coconut or raisins fan or not, I’d love you to give this titoté rice recipe a try.

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What to serve with Arroz con Coco Titoté

This dish is the perfect side for seafood dishes. Some of my favorite recipes to serve this with this dish are fried whole fish, fish with creole sauce, salmon with shrimp sauce and creole and coconut shrimp.

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More Colombian Side Dishes to Try:

Carrots and Beets Salad

Fried Yuca (Cassava)

Potatoes with Cream and Cheese Sauce

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Arroz con Coco Titoté Recipe

Erica Dinho

Prep Time 5 minutes

Cook Time 55 minutes

Total Time 1 hour

Course Side Dish

Cuisine Colombian

Servings 4 servings

Calories 450 kcal


  • 2 cups coconut milk fresh or canned
  • 1 cup long-grain rice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • cup raisins


  • Place the coconut milk in a heavy sauce pan and cook over medium heat for about 30 minutes, scraping the bottom of the pan occasionally to prevent the titoté from burning.

  • Add the rice and cook, stirring frequently until well coated with the titoté for 1 minute. Add the water, raisins, salt and sugar. Bring to a boil, stirring once.

  • Reduce the heat to low and simmer gently. Cover for about 20 minutes or until the rice is tender and the water absorbed. Remove from the heat and let it stand for 5 minutes. Serve hot and enjoy.


You can keep this rice in the fridge up to 2 days in an air tight container.


Calories: 450kcalCarbohydrates: 56gProtein: 6gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 21gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 608mgPotassium: 402mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 41mgIron: 4mg

Keyword arroz con coco, titote

About Erica Dinho

My name is Erica and I was born and raised in Colombia and now live in the northeastern United States with my husband and family. This blog was inspired by my grandmother, Mamita, who was an amazing traditional Colombian cook.

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