Nasi Uduk (“nasi” means rice and “uduk” means mixing) is a fragrant Indonesian rice dish steamed in coconut milk with flavorful leaves, lemongrass, galangal and ginger root as well several aromatics for a delicious side dish. In fact, it’s exceptionally popular in Jakarta where a single portion is sold for less than a dollar and is available at roadside stalls throughout the day.
Nasi Uduk Betawi- Indonesian Fragrant Coconut Rice
- Rice cooker or Instant Pot
- 2 cups Rice (long grain, preferably Jasmine rice)
- ½ cup Thick coconut milk
- 2½ cup Water
- 2 stalks Lemongrass, halved and bruised
- 3 leafs Duan salam (Indonesian bay leaves. Sub: regular bay leaves)
- 2 slices Ginger root, ¼-inch
- 2 slices Galangal (Sub: 1 tsp laos powder or omit)
- 1 tsp Coriander powder
- ⅛ tsp Salt
- Place all ingredients in a rice cooker and cook until ready. Wait 10 minutes before opening the lid. Remove lemongrass, bay leaves, ginger and, if using, galangal. Fluff up rice with a fork and serve hot.