Summer Recipe with Woldy Kusina

Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, Woldy Reyes is a Chef, Founder and a first-generation Filipino American with a passion, and talent, for creating contemporary menus with sustainability and culture at the heart.

Woldy and his boutique catering company, Woldy Kusina, have been featured in goop and New York Magazine, and boasts a repertoire of clientele that includes brands like 3.1 Phillip Lim, West Elm, Kosas, and Well+Good.

Here, Woldy shares with us his fresh, fulfilling, Coconut Herb Rice.

Coconut Herb Rice

Servings: 4 servings

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 1 hour


2 cups basmati rice, soaked in water for 30 minutes and rinsed

1 1⁄2 teaspoons kosher salt

3 cups coconut water

1⁄2 cup unsalted roasted cashews, roughly chopped

1⁄2 cup golden raisins

1⁄4 cup parsley, chopped

1⁄4 cup cilantro, chopped

1⁄4 cup basil, chiffonade

2 limes

2 teaspoons lime zest

Crispy shallots, store bought


In a saucepan, add rice, kosher salt and coconut water. Mix and bring to a boil. Cover with a lid and and simmer on low heat for 15-20 minutes until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender.

Turn the heat off and let the rice sit and cover for 10 minutes. Fluff the rice with a fork and add in cashews, golden raisins, parsley, cilantro, basil and lime zest. Mix until well combined. Juice 2 limes over the rice. Season with salt and pepper and mix until combined. Garnish with crispy shallots.

Serve at room temperature and enjoy!

Woldy wears the Dark Earth Boyfriend Shirt, paired with the Dark Earth Twill Slouch Short. 

Visit Woldy at @woldykusina