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Nasi Kunyit (Turmeric Rice) - 黄姜饭

Have you tried Nasi Kunyit (Turmeric Rice)? It's made from glutinous rice and seasoned with cocontu milk and turmeric powder. It's an easy and delicious way to make the rice look vibrant and delicious.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Soak the rice4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 35 mins
Course: Breakfast, Main Course
Cuisine: malay
Keyword: Glutinousrice, Turmeric
Servings: 5 people
Author: woonheng


  • Steamer


  • 2 cups [400g] glutinous rice
  • tablespoons turmeric powder or freshly grated turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • Lime slices
  • a pinch of salt
  • a few pandan leaves knotted
  • ¼ teaspoon peppercorn
  • ½ cup [~110ml] coconut milk used canned


  • Wash and rinse glutinous rice over cold water until then the water turns clear. Then, transfer the glutinous rice to a big bowl and add enough to cover all the rice.
  • Add in the turmeric powder, lime juice along with the lime, and a pinch of salt. Soak the rice for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  • When ready, discard the lime slices and drain out the water.
  • Transfer the beautiful yellow rice to a large shallow plate or bowl. Then, add in the pandan leaves, peppercorn, and steam for about 25 minutes.
  • After 25 minutes, drizzle in the coconut milk and steam again for another 5 minutes.
  • Before serving, discard the pandan leaves and serve warm. I paired mine with a side of Acar (Nyonya Vegetables Pickles) and Mushrooms Rendang.


Note: If you prefer a stronger coconut taste, you can:
- Soak raw rice in coconut water
- During the first steam, mix the rice with about 1/4 cup of coconut milk. Then, after 25 minutes, drizzle more coconut milk and steam again. 
Serve this beautiful and vibrant rice with the vegan Mushrooms Rendang