Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Indonesian Yellow Rice

This recipe is similar to what Indonesians call “Nasi Kuning

3 C basmati rice, uncooked
2 T turmeric powder
2 Coconut milk – fresh is great but you may have to settle for canned
3 cups water
1 bayleaf
2 kaffir lime leaves (this can easily be found in Asian markets)
1 T fresh lemongrass, crushed or 2 T dried
1 teaspoon sea salt

Put all ingredients in a heavy pot. Cover and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low, stirring occasionally until the rice is done (about 20 - 25 minutes). If it seems too dry, add 1/2 cup water. Remove from heat and let sit, covered for 5 minutes. Stir well and put in serving dish.

Remove bayleaf and Kaffir lime leaves before serving.


If you have a rice cooker, put in all ingredients, and cook as per instructions (usually 20 – 25 minutes). Check at the end of the cooking time – you may need to add another 5 minutes or so as basmati rice sometimes takes longer to cook. If it seems too dry at the end of the cooking time, immediately add another ½ C water, cover and let sit for 5 minutes.

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