Oneeda's Kitchen Blog

Nasi Kunyit (Festive Yellow Rice)

Posted on: May 28, 2010

It is called ‘festive yellow rice’ because it is traditionally served during a festival. Keeping with tradition, the Chinese would serve nasi kunyit to mark the birth of their newborn, or as an offering to the Gods. To the Muslims, it has ritual significance and they would serve it during weddings or other grand festive celebrations. This rice is delicious when eaten with Rendang or Chicken Curry.

3 cups glutinous rice
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp salt
4 cups coconut milk
1 cm ginger root (smashed)

Rinse rice and cover with water. Add turmeric powder and soak for 3 hours. Drain rice. Place in a large pot and cook over moderate heat in coconut milk, seasoned with salt ginger root. Serves 4.
You can cook this the same way you would boil rice in a rice cooker.


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