March 03, 2008

Nasi Kuning (Yellow Rice)

Ingredients :
1 Lemon grass stalk, or Lemon zest
2 1/2 cup Rice
1 1/2 cup Coconut milk
3 cup Water
2 1/2 tsp Turmeric
1 tsp Salt
1 slc Galangal, dry
1 Bay leaf
1 Krapau leaf

Directions :
  1. Once reserved for religious ceremonies, nasi kuning is still served on special occasions in Indonesia. This sweet and aromatic centerpiece of a dish is perfect with satay.
  2. Cut lemon grass into pieces about 3" long and tie into a bundle. In a 3-quart pan combine lemon grass, rice, coconut milk, water, turmeric, salt, galangal, bay leaf, and citrus leaf.
  3. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, stirring gently every now and then, just until liquid is absorbed. To finish cooking, steam according to one of the methods listed below.
  4. To steam in cooking pan: cover pan, reduce heat to low, and cook until rice is tender (15-20 minutes). Halfway through estimated cooking time, gently fluff rice with 2 forks. Remove and discard seasonings.
  5. Transfer to a serving bowl or mound rice on a platter into a rounded cone.To steam using traditional method: transfer rice and seasonings to a colander or steamer basket insert.
  6. Into a large kettle, pour water to a depth or 1 1/2 inches: bring to boil over high heat. Place colander in kettle. Cover and reduce heat, steam until rice is tender (about 20 minutes).
  7. Remove and discard seasonings. Serve as noted above.


This recipe (Nasi Kuning) becomes a symbol of Indonesian culinary. It serves in many occasions, such as: Birth Day, Anniversary, Grand Opening/Launching or other formal/informal occasions in Indonesia. The rounded cone of nasi kuning represent the mountain that big enough to reach the sky. It's such a wish that we can reach the top of success!


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