Indonesian Yellow Rice (Nasi Kuning)

Nasi Kuning

Learn how to cook this indonesian rice dish cooked with coconut milk and turmeric. Indonesian yellow rice is usually eaten during special events, served with Rendang and Ayam masak merah.

Recipe for Nasi Kuning (Yellow Rice)


  • ½ pounds Rice (washed thoroughly, until water runs clear).
  • Water
  • ¾ tsp Turmeric
  • ½ tsp Galangal (laos) powder
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1 ¼ cup Coconut milk


  1. Place rice in covered saucepan. Cover rice with water (water should be 1 inch above rice). Boil until water is almost evaporated.
  2. In separate saucepan, bring to a boil turmeric, galangal powder, bay leaves, and coconut milk. Pour the rice into this mixture.
  3. Cook uncovered, over low heat, about 40 minutes, stirring occasionally, until all liquid has evaportated and steam is escaping through the surface of the rice.
  4. Serve Nasi Kuning hot with Rendang or Ayam Masak Merah. (6 servings)
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  1. resep brownies

    i always love indonesian food it’s so tasty

  2. Ryan D

    glad you like the recipe. feel free to visit again.

  3. Anonymous

    Where can i get galangal powder? Any substitute for it?

  4. Singapore Local Favourites

    hi, you can actually use fresh galangal. bruise it before use 🙂

  5. Boon Leng Oh

    Where can I get this nasi kuning in Singapore?
    Please let me have address of the restaurant that prepare it.