Things to know about Nasi Kuning Recipe
The Indonesian traditional fragrant yellow rice is a staple in many Indonesian events, from birthdays to the Independence Day of Indonesia. It is an easy dish to cook and is sure to be loved by everyone! The yellow color of the rice comes from the use of turmeric added during the cooking process of the rice. Instead of water, the rice is cooked with coconut milk, producing a fragrant, savory, and delicious rice that can be eaten on its own or with accompanying dishes like “telur balado” and “ayam goreng”. On special occasions, such as birthdays, formal events, Independence Day, and other events, the Yellow rice is shaped into a large cone and called Tumpeng. It is a common practice in Indonesia to cook tumpeng to celebrate and give thanks for something big, like how cakes are used in western countries. This tumpeng is accompanied by many side dishes, like perkedel, kering tempe, telur balado, ayam goreng, sambal hati, etc. This dish has been around since the age of Hindu empires in Indonesia, like Majapahit.
Fragrant and Savory Indonesian Traditional Yellow Rice from Java. Authentic Recipe of Nasi Kuning.
— General Atributes of This Recipe:
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- 750 grams (1.65 lb) Medium Grain Rice
- 2 pcs Bay Leaf
- 3 pcs Kaffir Lime Leaf
- 1 pc Pandan Leaf – Screwpine – Pandanus Leaf Knotted
- 1 stick Lemongrass – Cymbopogon – Barbed Wire Grass – Cochin Grass – Malabar Grass Bruised
- 1 tsp Salt
- 800 ml (27.05 floz) Coconut Milk
- 1 thumb Turmeric – Curcuma Longa 5cm (2 inches)
- Using a rice cooker bowl, wash the rice under running water by hand, and rinse. Repeat 2-3 times or until the rice water is clear. Strain, and set aside.
- Place the rice cooker bowl inside the rice cooker.
- Remove the skin from the turmeric and grate until smooth.
- Into the rice cooker, add the pandanus leaf, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaf, bay leaf, and salt.
- Pour the coconut milk into the rice cooker until around 2 cm (or 1 finger joint) above the rice.
- Add the turmeric paste and mix well.
- Close the lid and cook the rice until it is done.
- When done, open the lid and let rest for 5minutes.
- The rice is ready to be served!
If you are unable to find fresh coconut milk, using instant coconut milk is okay. Turmeric powder can also be used to replace fresh turmeric. Lastly, if you want fluffier rice, replace 10% of the white rice with glutinous rice.
This dish is best served with a multitude of side dishes, like ayam goreng, kering tempe, telur balado, and sambal hati.
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