Nasi Kuning (Yellow Rice)
Shared by:  Simon at:

This recipe is shared by Simon who lives in Australia and also spends time in Bali.  Enjoy!

Simon’s words:  Nasi Kuning is also called ‘festive rice’ because it is served at every festival feast on the island of Bali, Indonesia: the people say it brings luck.  This dish is also often served at birthdays, weddings and other special events.

Serves 4-6

500g white rice

1 lemongrass stalk

1cm piece of fresh turmeric, peeled and grated

125ml thick coconut milk

3 salam leaves (ok to omit if you cannot source)

1 teaspoon salt

Rinse the rice in a colander under cold running water until the water runs clear. Trim the lemongrass, bruise the stalk by hitting with the back of a cleaver and tie in a knot. Put the grated turmeric in a sieve above a bowl or glass and press to release the juices.

Put the rice in a pan, add the coconut milk and enough warm water to cover by 2cm. Add the lemongrass, turmeric, salam leaves and salt. Bring to the boil and cook uncovered for 8 minutes.

Stir the rice with a wooden spoon, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the water has evaporated. Transfer the half-cooked rice to a steamer ensuring it rests above the water. Cover and steam until tender, about 15 minutes.

The rice is shaped into a cone.  Photo credit: