How to make Nasi Kuning -

Rice cooked with fresh turmeric- an Indonesian delicacy.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe has featured on the show Khanakhazana.

Main Ingredients : Rice (चावल), Coconut milk (नारियल का दूध)

Cuisine : Indonesian

Course : Rice

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Nasi Kuning

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Hindi: chawal
How many times have we thought rice is a blessing? We use it for holy purposes but we also can pressure up a quick pulao or khichdi when hunger pangs are drumming away! This is one grain that is about 98% percent digestible. In India we are familiar with Basmati, Patna or brown rice but it is also available as Italian Rice and Glutinous Rice which is popular in Chinese and Japanese cuisines.

Prep Time : 16-20 minutes

Cook time : 11-15 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Nasi Kuning Recipe

  • Rice soaked 1 1/2 cups

  • Coconut milk

  • Fresh turmeric sliced 1 1/2 inch piece

  • Lemon grass braised 1 inch stalk

  • Bay leaves 2

  • Coconut milk 1 cup

  • Salt to taste

  • Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Vegetable stock 2 cups

  • Galangal crushed optional 1/2 inch piece

  • Shallots thinly sliced deep fried 2-3 tablespoons


Step 1

Grind fresh turmeric with a little water to a smooth paste.

Step 2

Heat a pan, add drained rice, bruised lemon grass, bay leaves, coconut milk and salt and mix. Strain the fresh turmeric puree into the pan.

Step 3

Add two cups of vegetable stock, turmeric powder and let the mixture come to a boil. You can also add galangal if you wish. Cover and cook on medium heat till done.

Step 4

Remove the bay leaves and galangal (if added). Tightly pack the rice in a conical mould, upturn it onto a serving plate and served garnished with fried shallots.

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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

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