Fragrant yellow fried rice (nasi kuning inspired)

Fragrant yellow fried rice (nasi kuning inspired)

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 uncooked rice
  • 2 slices of ginger
  • Homemade turmeric paste
  • 3 tbsp of desiccated coconut
  • 150g chicken mince or small pieces
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of frozen peas, briefly cooked
  • 1 chili, sliced
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp fried shallot  (picture below)
  • Cooking oil
  • Kaffir lime leave, deveined, very thinly sliced, to garnish (optional)

Homemade turmeric paste

  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp ginger, minced
  • 2 bay leave
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp finely minced lemongrass
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • Salt

Heat up some ooking oil in a frying pan, add onion, ginger, bay leave and lemongrass, sauté for 3-5 minutes, add garlic, turmeric and salt, sauté briefly, remove from heat to cool

Fried rice

  • Cook the rice with the ginger.
  • Add cooking oil to a frying pan, scramble the eggs; break the scramble eggs into small pieces
  • Heat up cooking oil in a frying pan; add chicken mince and stir fry until mostly cooked; add turmeric paste; stir fry until the chicken is cooked; add rice, peas and sesame oil, stir fry briefly; add desiccated coconut and mix well ; stir in the sliced chili.
  • Transfer to a serving plate, garnish with sliced kaffir lime leave and fried shallot.
Asian fried shallot
Fried shallot

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