Nasi Gurih or direct translation means fragrant rice is a classic Javanese rice recipe. The rice is cooked in spices and coconut milk. If you don’t know already, coconut milk and lots of spices like nutmeg, cloves, lemon grass , bay leaves, etc are almost indispensable in Indonesian kitchen for real. It is called a fragrant rice because of all the spices that are flavoring this rice. It is so aromatic that my husband said he could eat the rice alone without anything else. So, with that said, this recipe from The Complete Asian Cookbook by Charmain Solomon is another keeper.


What you will need:
  • 4½ cups coconut milk
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp finely grated lemon rind or 1 stalk fresh lemon grass
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg or mace
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • 1 bay leave or 3 curry leaves
  • 2½ tsp salt
  • 1 lb (500 g) long grain rice
  1. Put the coconut milk with all the flavourings and spices and salt into a large saucepan with a well-fitting lid, and bring slowly to the boil, uncovered
  2. Stir in the rice and return to a boil, then turn heat very low, cover and steam for 20 minutes. Uncover, fork the rice lightly from around sides of pan, mixing in any coconut milk that has not been absorbed, and replace lid for 5 more minutes. Serve hot with fried chicken, or curry dishes

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