Rice Dumplings in Coconut Milk

Rice Dumplings in Coconut Milk

Bua Loy

Serves 4 Cooks in 45 minutes Difficulty EASY

I have made a version of this famous Thai dessert before, I called it Bua Loy Covid. You can read more about why I made this particular version here, it is a bit about Thai belief’s.

So following on from that, this is the traditional version of Bua Loy or Rice Dumplings (rice balls) in Coconut Milk. It is really delicious and very popular here in Thailand. It’s simple to prepare too.

I have gone for three different colours for the rice dumplings, two of which are easy to colour with fresh ingredients. You could also experiment with food colourings if you want to add more colours.

The ingredients should be easy source from a decent supermarket. Its lots of fun to make and something you can get the kids involved with. It is a perfect dessert to finish off your Thai meal nicely.


  • 500ml coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 150-200g sugar
  • 2 tbsp palm sugar
  • 120ml water
Rice Dumplings in Coconut Milk ingredients
What you will need.

Yellow Dumpling Ingredients

  • 100g pumpkin
  • 65g glutinous flour
  • 1 tbsp tapioca flour
  • 1-2 tbsp hot water

Purple Dumpling Ingredients

  • 100g sweet potato
  • 65g glutinous flour
  • 1 tbsp tapioca flour
  • 1-2 tbsp hot water

White Dumpling Ingredients

  • 65g glutinous flour
  • 1/2 tbsp tapioca flour
  • 2-3 tbsp hot water


  1. Steam the pumpkin and sweet potato for 30 minutes.
  2. Mash the pumpkin and mix with the yellow dumpling ingredients.
  3. Mash the sweet potato and mix with the purple dumpling ingredients.
  4. Mix the white dumpling ingredients.
  5. In the palm of your hands, from each of the three mixtures, roll small balls approximately 5-8mm in diameter.
  6. Boil the water and then gently add all the dumplings. When they begin to float let them cook a further three minutes. Then remove and drain well with a sieve.
  7. Slowly bring the coconut milk to the boil. When it starts to bubble remove from the heat.

To Serve

Divide the dumplings into four bowl and top with a generous amount of coconut milk.

Hope you enjoy my Bua Loy by Apple 🍎 Riverside Thai Cooking in Khao Lak.