Nasi kuning

Nasi kuning
Nasi kuning 

This yellow rice is usually served with mutton curry. The recipe is adapted from Lee Chin Koon's book of nonya recipes, Mrs Lee's Cookbook.


4 tbsp of butter

2 minced garlic cloves

1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder

8 cloves

8 cardamom pods

a 2cm-long cinnamon stick

600g of washed and drained basmati rice

975ml of water

1 teaspoon of salt

a chicken or vegetable stock cube





Heat 4 tbsp of butter gently in a frying pan.

Lightly fry 2 minced garlic cloves with a 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder for a minute. Add 8 cloves, 8 cardamom pods, a 2cm-long cinnamon stick and, finally, 600g of washed and drained basmati rice. Stir well.

Remove from the frypan and put in a pot with 975ml of water, 1 teaspoon of salt and a chicken stock cube. Bring to the boil, then turn down to a simmer until cooked.

Garnish with fried shallots, raisins and almonds.