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Turmeric Rice

So, what else is new in my kitchen? Nothing much actually. In fact, the same kitchen, the same pots and pans, the same daily rice meals and the same nava-k sweating profusely in our Malaysian hot weather while cooking. Tell me about it please? Rice (Baked Rice Pudding) undoubtedly is still leading (Nasi Lemak Sambal Udang). Always and forever and today, let me introduce to you this Turmeric Rice. Why not? Instead of plain rice daily? A touch of turmeric for its vibrant bright yellow hue and healthiness (Turmeric Tomato Soup & Onion Soup)? Turmeric being one of my favourites. Like I have told you before, akin the customary and must have ingredients for most of Malaysian cooking. Atop of turmeric, I decided to elevate this wholesome rice dish (Coriander Rice & Dhal Rice) with lemongrass/serai and coconut milk. Interesting invention and rice food trail right (Rice Congee With Condiments)? I bet (Nasi Dagang & Lemon Cashew Rice). What else should I say (Tomato Rice).? A pleasure and inviting rice food meal right? What say you?

1 1/2 cups rice - wash  and drain of the water
1 cup thick coconut milk
1 tsp turmeric powder
2 lemongrass - bruised
4 shallots - chopped
4 garlic - chopped
2 tbsp oil
Salt to taste

Sauté shallots and garlic in heated oil.
Add lemongrass, turmeric powder and rice.
Stir to combine all the ingredients just for a couple of minutes. .
Tip rice mixture into rice cooker, pour coconut milk and 2 cups of water (or more or less depending on how fluffy you like rice to be).
Season with salt.
Stir and let it cook.
Fluff up rice once cooked.


  1. Terrific!I think this is the easy and best recipe for my taste buds to try out lemon grass.

  2. I can imagine the flavour...and of course the colour certainly spices things up!

  3. hi nava, another innovative recipe from you. hmmm i imagine myself eating this hot yummy rice with spicy fried chicken, also fresh from the oven- suddenly feel hungry now:)

  4. Hey Nava, I can almost smell the scent of tumeric from here! Love this colours!

  5. Gorgeous! And I've got all the ingredients, including lemongrass in the front yard at the ready :)

  6. What a great tip! I always just make plain rice in the rice cooker - never though to add the flavorings in there too =)

  7. What a beautiful flavour to add to rice my friend :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  8. Lemongrass seems to be an essential ingredient for you. I am not a fan of it at the moment. Who knows, maybe I will like it in the future

  9. everybody can use a different type of rice once a while =)

  10. it should be spicy up the rice.. nice..

  11. i ordered this rice in a restaurant before and i like it very much

  12. Looks delicious, love rice it just goes well with everything, usually get inspiration from Tilda Basmatis' website

  13. This sounds delicious and different! I will definitely try it.

  14. Ahhh i can see that bowl full of flavours!!! I love lemongrass!!! A must try on my list :)

  15. Loving the colour n it must be flavourful nice

  16. Definitely my kinda stuff! Thanks for sharing, dear! xoxo

  17. This is so lovely .Never ever thought of a flavored rice with Lemon grass and turmeric .I could smell the aroma!!

  18. Always for a bowl of it...lovely colour...

  19. True thats a vibrant, recipe with simple ingredients but simply awesome

  20. Love the scent of Lemongrass and Turmeric in rice:) Awesome share !!


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