1 Lemon grass stalk, or Lemon zest
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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!