Nasi Kuning (Indonesian Festive Rice)

This is a bright yellow rice resembling gold and thus symbolizing good fortune and wealth to whomever it is presented.  The color comes from turmeric, but it also delights in subtle flavor from coconut milk, kaffir leaves, lemongrass, and ginger.  This version is adapted from “Cradle of Flavor Cookbook” via Arousing Appetites Blog.

Nasi Kuning (Indonesian Festive Rice)


4 as a side dish

Time to Make

  • 5 minutes of prep
  • 20 minutes of cooking


  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric or 1/5-inch fresh turmeric root, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked long grain white rice, washed and drained
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon kaffir lime leaves, minced
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, outer layers discarded and inner layers bruised
  • 1-inch piece of ginger, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. In a saucepan, combine rice, turmeric, coconut milk, water, and broth.  Add the kaffir lime leaf, lemongrass, ginger and salt into the saucepan and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium low, cover, and simmer until liquid is absorbed, 10 to 15 minutes.  Continue to cook an additional 5 to 10 minutes until rice is dry and fluffy.
  2. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork.

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