I wanted to make coconut rice with the coconut water. This recipe worked except I would never again put in sugar! It was too sweet. You can also use 1 TSP fresh crushed ginger (comes in frozen cubes). Add 1/2 cup chopped fresh mango and 1/2 cup chopped pistachios to this for a great side, or the mango and chopped red pepper, and garnish with cilantro. The coconut water I used was with pulp and only 80 calories in the entire 2 cup can.
I felt this was bland but that was most likely because my coconut water did not come with pulp, so it had no flavor. I caught some of the sweetness, but that was about it. Back to regular coconut rice for me until I can find coconut water with pulp.
I used 1 cup coconut water, there was no pulp in the water and 3/4 cup milk and 2 individual packets of Splenda.A dash of chinese 5 spice powder. Perhaps that is what you have been missing. The five spice powder absorbes into the milk. I like rice and I like this.