Indonesian Yellow Rice

Recipe by IndoFoody
READY IN: 35mins


  • 3
    cups basmati rice or 3 cups jasmine rice
  • 5
    cm fresh turmeric, peeled and scraped (or you can use turmeric powder as a subtitute)
  • 2
    cups of thick coconut milk
  • 2
    cups water
  • 1
    salam leaf (you can use a bayleaf as a subtitute)
  • 1
    lemongrass, bruised or 2 tablespoons powdered lemon grass
  • 1
    teaspoon salt


  • Wash and drain the rice in a sieve or colander.
  • Put the fresh turmeric in a blender with 1/4 cup water and process until fine. Strain through a sieve, pushing to extact all the juice. Measure 2 tablespoons and discard the rest. If fresh turmeric is not available, mix 2 teaspoons turmeric powder with 2 tablespoons of water.
  • Put rice, turmeric water and all other ingredients in a heavy saucepan. Cover and bring to the boil over moderate heat. Stir, lower heat to the minimum and cook until the rice is done.
  • Remove all leaves before serving. Serving with fried chicken, potato croquette and fresh cucumber.
  • Helpful hints : If the rice seems to be too dry before the grains are soft and swollen, sprinkle with a little more water and continue cooking.
  • If you have a rice cooker, you can do it easier by putting rice, turmeric water and all other ingredients in a rice cooker. Cover and let it cooked. Stir a bit while cooking, then cover and continue cooking. Usually after 20 minutes, the rice is ready.