Yellow Savoury Rice

Nasi Kuning

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By Sri Owen

Published 1994

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Yellow, perhaps because it is the colour of gold, is associated all over South-East Asia with gods, royalty and feasts. Any thanksgiving or celebration party, even if the event celebrated is a very mundane one, is likely to have a large dish of yellow rice at the centre of the table.


  • 450 g/1 lb/2 cups long grain rice, soaked for 1 hour, washed and drained
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Heat the oil in a saucepan. Stir-fry the sliced shallots or onion for 2 minutes. Add the rice, turmeric, coriander and cumin. Stir-fry for another 2 minutes, then add the coconut milk or stock, then all the other ingredients. Boil the mixture, uncovered, stirring it once or twice with a wooden spoon, until the rice has absorbed all the liquid. Then steam for 10 minutes.

Instead of steam