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Nasi Kuning (Indonesian Turmeric and Coconut Milk Rice)

Nasi Kuning (Indonesian Fragrant Yellow Rice)

Indonesia is a rice country, we eat rice daily. From plain steamed rice to rich lontong sayur, almost every meal based on rice. Perhaps the most well-known rice dish in Indonesia is Nasi Kuning. This dish comprises of rice cooked in coconut milk scented with turmeric, lemongrass, and kaffir lime leaves with an array of side dishes.

In Indonesian culture, nasi kuning is a symbol of good fortune and prosperity. The cone shape nasi kuning is often served on festive occasions such as housewarming party, birthday party to the wedding ceremony.

From Jawa to Minahasa, almost every region in Indonesia has its own version of Nasi Kuning. Usually, this fragrant yellow rice eats as breakfast. The flavor of nasi kuning is so good that it begs to be eaten on its own or with the simple side dishes. For today lunch it had kering tempe, thinly sliced omelet, sliced cucumber, and krupuk

Nasi Kuning

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Nasi Kuning


  • 3 cups medium-grain rice
  • 1 cups thick coconut milk
  • 2 cups thin coconut milk
  • 2 lemongrass
  • 3 kaffir lime leaves
  • salt to taste


  1. Cut the top and the bottom of lemongrass, peel the outer layer and bruised with a knife.
  2. Gently wash the rice 2-3 times until the water comes clear. Put the rice in a medium saucepan, add lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves. Stir in the coconut milk and cream, season with salt and stir.
  3. Bring the mixture to boil. Stir the rice to prevent the bottom of rice to burnt. Reduce heat to low, cover the pan and cook for 15-20 minutes until the coconut milk absorbed and the rice is tender.
  4. Let the rice sit covered for 5 minutes. Open the lid of the pan and stir the rice with a fork. Serve the rice warm with your favorite side dishes.

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