Nasi Uduk (Steamed Rice in Coconut Milk)

Nasi uduk is an Indonesian rice dish made with coconut milk and lots of spices. If you’ve been following my posts, you may know that I enjoy eating rich and flavorful dishes – and nasi uduk is certainly one. Completed with loads of side dishes, it’s maybe too time consuming to make too oftenly but the result you get is certainly worth the effort. Or, you can simply eat it with just one or two side dishes.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Serves 5

The ingredients you need to make nasi uduk:

500 ml white jasmine rice

400 ml coconut milk (I used store-bought Kara brand in small cartons)

350 ml water

5 shallots

1 tbsp coriander seed

1 bay leaf (daun salam)

1 lemongrass (daun sereh)

2 kaffir lime leaves (daun jeruk)

Salt, sugar and pepper to taste

Cooking oil

Steps to make nasi uduk:

(with a rice cooker)

  1. Finely blitz shallots and coriander seeds, lightly stir fry them in some cooking oil.
  2. Add in bay leaf, lemongrass and lime leaves. Cook until fragrant.
  3. Then, add in coconut milk and water and season it. Let it simmer and cook for around 10 minutes. Warning: do not let this liquid to boil or the coconut milk may split and turn disgusting.
  4. Wash your rice with some water and drain it. Add the rice with the liquid into a rice cooker.
  5. While cooking the rice, stir occationally (every 10 minutes or so) until the rice is done.

(with a pot)

  1. Finely blitz shallots and coriander seeds, lightly stir fry them in some cooking oil.
  2. Add in bay leaf, lemongrass and lime leaves. Cook until fragrant.
  3. Then, add in coconut milk and water and season it with some salt, sugar and pepper.
  4. Wash your rice with some water and drain it. Add the rice to the liquid and let it simmer. Warning: do not let the liquid to boil or the coconut milk may split and turn disgusting.
  5. Lid on, cook the rice on low heat while stirring occationally (every 10 minutes or so). When almost all liquid is absorbed by the rice, turn the heat off and let the rice rest for another 10 minutes.
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An array of side dishes enjoyed with nasi uduk

The rice is done and ready to be served! Add some crispy fried shallots on top and drizzle a bit of lime juice and you’re ready to dig in – but don’t forget to make some side dishes with this rice! I’ll be posting their recipes every day starting from tomorrow, so stay tuned! If you have ever eaten nasi uduk before, let me know what you like to eat it with! The side dishes featured on the picture are (clockwise from the top):

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