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Nasi Kuning (Indonesian Turmeric Rice)

This Nasi Kuning (Indonesian Turmeric Rice) is rich and creamy and the most authentic way to enjoy an iconic Indonesian dish. It's easy and simple to make with delicious flavor for your next quick meal. Today, learn how to make this turmeric rice with a rice cooker, stove, and Instant Pot.
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Author: Linda Kurniadi

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rice
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric powder
  • 1 lemongrass stalk bruised and chopped
  • 3 fresh pandan leaves screwpine leaves knotted together
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • cups water

Instructions

Stove Method

  • Wash the rice in several changes of water until it runs clear. Drain with a sieve to make sure all water is drained off. Getting rid of excess starch is important or the rice will be sticky and mushy.
  • Bring water and coconut milk to a boil. Add rice and the rest of the ingredients, stir to mix. Reduce the heat to medium-low and let it cook covered for 10-15 minutes. The liquid should be fully absorbed.
  • Once the liquid is fully absorbed, bring heat to a complete simmer and let cook for another 5-10 minutes. The rice will dry up and become fluffy.
  • Remove rice from heat and fluff with a fork.

Rice Cooker Method

  • Wash the rice in several changes of water until it runs clear. Drain with a sieve to make sure all water is drained off. Getting rid of excess starch is important or the rice will be sticky and mushy.
  • Add all the ingredients to your rice cooker. Mix thoroughly. Then, cook on the white rice setting. Be sure to wait 10 minutes after it is finished before fluffing the rice. Put in a bowl to shape it, and serve alongside your meal.

Instant Pot Method

  • Wash the rice in several changes of water until it runs clear. Drain with a sieve to make sure all water is drained off. Getting rid of excess starch is important or the rice will be sticky and mushy.
  • Add all the ingredients just like you would with the rice cooker. However, it is best to leave out the coconut milk until the very end. Mix it thoroughly, and then add the coconut milk to the top. This will help you not to have a warning or error message. Cook for 5 minutes and have a 10-minute pressure release. Then fluff, cone, and serve your rice!