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Auntie Ime's Koko Laisa (Samoan Cocoa Rice)


Chocolatey rice pudding with a touch or orange flavor resembles a thick soup, but is delicious for dessert!

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  • 3 cups rice
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 cups coconut milk or evaporated milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 orange leaf (LAUMOLI)- Optional can use an orange peel or a dash of orange extract
  • 1 cup cocoa powder, or koko Samoa


Servings 4
Adapted from


Step 1

In a large pot combine rice and water and bring it to a boil.

Stir in coconut milk. (You can substitute it with evaporated milk.)

Add sugar, orange leaf or peel.

Mix cocoa (or kook samoa) with hot water to form a thick liquid.

Add to the pot making sure that the cocoa is fully mixed into the liquid in the pot. Bring to a boil. Remove orange leaf.

Cocoa rice should resemble a thick soup. Serve while warm.

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