Nasi Bakar Bumbu Rendang (Indonesian Rendang Grilled Rice)

Nasi Bakar Bumbu Rendang (Indonesian Rendang Grilled Rice)

Course: Entree
Cuisine: Indonesian
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6 -8 packets
Author: Marvellina
Aromatic coconut rice is topped with rendang sauce, meat, and other toppings and then wrapped in banana leaves and grilled.
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Coconut rice:

  • 1 Tbsp cooking oil
  • 2 cups of white long grain jasmine/basmati rice
  • 8 fresh kaffir lime leaves tear edges to release flavor
  • 3 fresh bay leaves
  • 1 stalk of lemongrass cut into half and bruise with heavy object
  • 1 cup of coconut milk
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • Rendang
  • Sambal
  • 100 gr long beans/ green beans
  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • 1/3 cup small to medium dried anchovies
  • 1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt

For wrapping:

  • 6 to 8 pieces of 10 x 10 inch banana leaves thaw if frozen wiped clean with damp cloth
  • Tooth picks


Preparing toppings:

  • Cut the green beans/long beans into about 3-4 inches long. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil and cook for 5 minutes or until the beans are tender but not mushy. Discard water and refresh the beans with cold water. Set aside
  • Preheat a small to medium pan. Add cooking oil. Stir fry the dried anchovies until crispy, around 5 minutes or less. Add the peanuts and continue to stir fry until it is slightly golden brown. Add the sugar and salt. Stir to mix everything. Remove from the heat and set aside

Cooking rice:

  • Briefly rinse the rice with clean water and drain the water. Set aside. Preheat a large pot with cooking oil. Add aromatics: kaffir lime leaves, bay leaves, and lemongrass and stir fry for about 1 minute until fragrant. Add the rice and pour in the coconut milk ,chicken stock, and pinch of salt. Give it a good stir. Bring to a gentle simmer and cover the pot and let it cook for the next 20 minutes. Turn off the heat. Let it sit for another 10 minutes while you are preparing other things. Uncover and check on the rice. It should be fluffy and cooked through. Fluff the rice with a fork


  • Place one sheet of banana leaves on your working surface. Scoop about 1/2 cup of the rice (it's really up to you how big or small you want your rice packet be) and place in the middle of banana leaves or you can place more at the side near you. Make a shallow dent along the rice and arrange few pieces of rendang meat on top of it followed by some of the rendang sauce. Place about 1 tablespoon of fried anchovies and peanuts. A small scoop of sambal or fresh chili (it's up to you). Few pieces of green beans. Fold both sides over and the bottom flap over the rice then roll to the top. This will give you a much rounder wrap
  • Preheat your outdoor grill or in my case grill pan (because it's winter when I made this). Place each packet on the grill and let it grill until the banana leaves have grill marks on them. The aroma is amazing. Ready to be served