Rice Cooker Nasi Tumpeng Mini (Indonesian Rice Cones) – Learn how to make nasi tumpeng mini made with aromatic turmeric rice. Can be cooked in rice cooker, stove, and instant pot
It’s been 7 1/2 years ago since the last time I ate nasi tumpeng and that was on our wedding day in Indonesia. My mom’s good friend prepared a jumbo version of nasi tumpeng (enough to feed a large crowd) with elaborate entrees and side dishes surrounding the rice cone. I believe I still have the photo somewhere. Not in this computer, but somewhere. It was sooo delicious and pretty!
WHAT IS NASI TUMPENG?
Nasi tumpeng is a traditional Indonesian rice dish usually seen at festive occasions like wedding, birthday party or any important celebrations. My mini nasi tumpeng is a much more humble version. The nice thing about nasi tumpeng is you can include as many entrees and side dishes as you like or just a few if you prefer. I have air-fried chicken wings, hard-boiled eggs, gado gado, sambal ikan teri (without the sambal so my kids can eat)
WHY YOU WILL LIKE THIS RICE COOKER NASI TUMPENG MINI
1. Recipe can be made with a rice cooker, regular pot, or Instant pot
2. You pretty much just throw everything inside the pot, stir, and cook
3. They are very flavorful and pretty much goes with any entrees and side dishes
4. You have your dose of turmeric in there (without much effort). Eating turmeric on its own is not my favorite, but I like it in cooking
HOW NASI TUMPENG IS MADE
Nasi tumpeng is pretty much nasi kuning shaped into cones.
The rice is cooked with aromatic herbs, spice, water, and coconut milk all in one-pot. It’s truly very easy. The rice is then packed into a cone shaped mould. I used banana leaves shaped into a cone, or you can use aluminum foil to do that.
YOU CAN SHAPE NASI TUMPENG ANYWAY YOU WANT ACTUALLY!
Traditionally nasi tumpeng is a cone shape, but in this modern day, I have seen square/box or round shaped that are stacked up like castles. Some people use a bundt pan to create beautiful shapes. You decide!
WHAT YOU CAN SERVE WITH NASI TUMPENG
Ayam Goreng Kremes (Twice-cooked chicken with spice crunch)
Sambal udang serai (Shrimp with Lemongrass)
Sambal goreng kentang (Potato sambal)
Perkedel Kentang (Potato Fritters)
Perkedel jagung (Corn Fritters)
The list can go on really. You can totally make it into meatless or even vegan if you prefer.
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*Recipe is written for 6-quart Instant Pot. Cooking time should remain the same for 8-quart size but will take longer to pressurize. For mini duo (3-quart), I recommend to half the recipe and use the same amount of time to cook*
Please weigh ingredients with a digital kitchen scale instead of using measuring cups as they are not very accurate especially when it comes to recipe that requires precision.
- 3 cups jasmine rice or other long-grain rice
- 3 cups water - see notes
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 3 tsp high-quality turmeric powder
- 1 tsp salt
- Slices of fresh cucumber
Shape the rice into cone with one of these:
- Banana leaves - Wipe clean with damp cloth
- aluminum foil
- Wash the rice in several changes of water until it runs clear. Drain with sieve to make sure all water is drained off
Cooking in rice cooker:
- Place the rice, coconut milk, water, spices, herbs, and seasonings in the inner pot of rice cooker. Stir to mix everything and cook on white rice setting
Cooking in instant pot:
- Place the rice, coconut milk, water, spices, herbs, and seasonings in the inner pot or instant pot. Stir to mix everything. Close the lid. Set the steam release valve to seal. Press on "rice" setting. When it's done cooking, wait 10 minutes before release pressure completely
Cooking on stove-top:
- Place all the ingredients in a large pot. Stir to mix everything. Bring the liquid to a boil and then lower the heat to simmer. Cover with lid and let it cook for the next 20 minutes. Turn off the heat and let it rest for 5 minutes. Uncover the lid and fluff the rice. It should be soft and slightly cling to each other and that's the way we want it so we can easily shape the rice into cone shapes
Making cones with banana leaves or aluminum foil:
- Nothing new here other than you will be using banana leaves or several layers of aluminum foil to make a cone shape. Cut the banana leaves or foils into about 10-inch square and then shape it into a cone and secure with a tape or toothpick.
- Cut another piece of 3-inch square and roll into a mini cone for topping on top of the rice cone. Secure with a tape
- Stuff the rice into the cone while they are still warm. Pack it down as much as you can so they are tight. Carefully place it on a platter and then gently release the banana leaf cone. Place the mini cone on top of the cone. Arrange all the entrees and side dishes around the rice