Turmeric Rice (Nasi Kunyit) Recipe

Today i am making Nasi Kunyit or Turmeric Rice because i still have leftover of grated spicy coconut filling from yesterday Pulut Panggang recipe. Since i don’t have any coconut milk for today (tried to squeeze from leaf over grated coconut only manage to get 1% of coconut milk out – better than nothing i guess)… i’ll cheat a bit by substituting coconut milk with milk powdered.

Ingredients for Nasi Kunyit (own version)

  • 300 gm glutinous rice (soak at least 1 hour because i’m running out of time!) ** original version should be soaked overnight (or 4 hours min at least)
  • 1 piece of dried tamarind slice (dried tamarind)
  • 1 tsp of turmeric powder- **original version use 3 tsp of turmeric.. i use 1tsp because i don’t quite like the strong smell
  • 1 cup of milk powder (slightly covering your glutinous rice) ** original version use coconut milk
  • 1 tsp – 1.5 tsp of salt (depending on your taste bud)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 star anise
  • 3 blades of pandan leaves (tear and knot)
  • 3 – 4 inch piece of dried mandarin orange skin


  1. Preboiled your steamer
  2. Pour milk onto your rice, pandan leaves, turmeric powder, salt, star anise, cinnamon stick and dried tamarind
  3. Steam for 40 mins to 45 mins.


  1. Coconut fresh squeezed should be stored into refrigerator or it will turn sour few hours later if you put outside.
  2. You can substitute coconut milk with milk powder

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