Steamed Glutinous Rice With Turmeric (Nasi Kunyit)

By Margarita Lee

Ingredients A
400g glutinous rice (2 cups)
1 tbsp turmeric powder
3-4 pieces tamarind peel or lime slices

Ingredients B
200 ml coconut milk
1tsp salt
150 ml water
1 tsp peppercorn ( optional)
3-4 pieces pandan leaves ( tie into knot)


  1. Wash the glutinous rice until the water runs clear and completely drain. Transfer the rice into a large bowl.
  2. Stir in the turmeric powder, tamarind peel or lime slices, and enough water to submerge the rice. Leave it to soak for a minimum of 4 hours, preferably overnight.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the coconut milk and salt.
  4. Discard the tamarind peel or lime slices and drain out the soaking water from the rice.
  5. Gently place the yellow rice in a steamer basket and add the pandan leaves and peppercorn if desired.
  6. Steam the rice for 10 minutes. Then, pour 150 ml of water over the semi-cooked rice and steam for another 15-20 minutes, or until the rice is thoroughly cooked.
  7. Carefully remove the steamer basket from the steamer and pour the coconut milk mixture over the rice.
  8. Using a spatula, gently mix everything together until the coconut milk mixture is fully absorbed by the rice.
  9. Serve the Nasi Kunyit hot with any curry or rendang dish of your choice.
  10. Enjoy your delicious and fragrant Nasi Kunyit!

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