Indonesian Yellow Festive Rice (Nasi Kuning)

Nasi Kuning is a festive rice dish that is at the center of Indonesian occasions such as weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, and births. Every cook takes immense pride in their rice tower and the beautiful presentation of the garnishes.

The marriage ceremony of the Minangkabau people of Sumatra have their own special nasi kuning. The bride’s family prepares a huge nasi kuning. Hidden inside are two wedding rings that the bride and groom must search for at the end of the ceremony – a rite symbolizing the search for fortune during married life.

Indonesian Nasi Kuning Yellow Festive Rice

Nasi Kuning- Indonesian Yellow Festive Rice

This elaborate dish is actually not too difficult to make and assemble. Adorning the rice cone with delicate garnishes can take a little time but the results will be dramatic. Make nasi kuning for your next birthday party, with or without Indonesian food, and wait for the applause.
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Course: Brunch, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Indonesia, Southeast Asian
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 12
Author: My Hungry Traveler


  • Rice maker or Instant Pot
  • Large round platter for serving




  • 2 large Eggs, beaten
  • 2 large Hard boiled eggs
  • ¼ inch Slice of rare roast beef
  • 1 head Romaine lettuce leaves
  • 1 medium Cucumber
  • 4 tbsp Fried shallot flakes



  • Wash and drain the rice several times until the water runs clear. Add rice into the bowl of a rice maker. Mix in the coconut milk, lemongrass, duan salam, turmeric, and salt. Set rice to cook or if using an Instapot, follow instructions in Notes below.
    When rice is done, let it sit for 10 minutes without opening the cover.


  • Prepare garnishes in advance. Layout and what garnishes are used is up to the cook.
    Boil and peel hard boiled eggs, quarter lengthwise. Beat 2 eggs and cook into a thin omelet in a large nonstick pan over medium heat. Roll omelet tightly on a cutting board. Cut roll into shreds.
    Cut roast beef into long ¼-inch strips. Score unpeeled cucumber with a fork. Cut cucumber diagonally into ¼-inch slices. Cut thick part off the bottom of lettuce leaves.

Assemble and Serve

  • On a large platter, fan individual lettuce leaves around the platter. Scoop rice into the center and pack into a tight cone with your hands. Circle the bottom of the cone with alternating egg slivers, cucumbers, and hard boiled egg quarters. Make a pile of shredded roast beef on one side and another of egg sliver on the other side. Sprinkle fried shallots over the rice. Serve at the center of the table surrounded by other dishes.


If cooking white rice, select the “Rice” cooking program on its low pressure setting. (If your pressure cooker doesn’t have high and low pressure settings, just use the default “rice” setting.) The pressure cooker will adjust the cooking time automatically. For manual instructions, set the cooking time for 15 minutes on low pressure.
When the cooking program ends, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then move the pressure release valve to open. 


Calories: 242kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 132mg | Potassium: 317mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 4644IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 3mg

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