Fragrant yellow fried rice (nasi kuning inspired)

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Nasi kuning is an Indonesian rice dish cooked with coconut milk and turmeric. If you have a rice cooker, my ‘relaxed’ version of fried rice with ready made nasi kuning paste is easy and delicious.

Fragrant yellow fried rice (nasi kuning inspired)

Method is as follow:


  • 2 cup of rice
  • 1 pack of nasi kuning paste (picture below)
  • 4 tbsp of desiccated coconut
  • 150g chicken mince
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of frozen peas, briefly cooked
  • 1 chili, sliced
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp fried shallot  (picture below)
  • cooking oil


  • Fill the rice cooker with rice and water as recommended by the equipment; turn on to cook; approximate 10 minutes before the cooking is completed (or when liquid is mostly absorbed), stir in 4 tbsp of desiccated coconut; then place the nasi kuning paste on top of the rice; close the lid and let the rice continue to cook
  • When the rice is fully cooked, stir the paste thoughtfully into the rice
  • In a frying pan, scramble the eggs; cut the scramble eggs into small pieces
  • In a frying pan, heat up some cooking oil; add chicken mince, stir fry until mostly cooked; add soy sauce; stir fry briefly until the chicken is cooked; add rice, peas & sesame oil, stir fry until the chicken,peas and rice are well mixed; stir in the chopped chili and 1 tbs fried shallot
  • Transfer the fried rice to a serving plate, garnish with remaining fried shallot.


Note: the reason I used desiccated coconut rather than coconut milk, and mix the paste when rice is cooked, is that my rice cooker tends to burn the bottom of the rice otherwise.

Indonesian Nasi Kuning paste (yellow fragrant rice)
Nasi Kuning paste
Asian fried shallot
Fried shallot






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