Indonesian Cuisine: Nasi Liwet Recipe

Nasi liwet is one of the favorite dishes in Indonesia. It looks like typical rice, but the taste is quite different since it is cooked with coconut milk. Yes, the use of coconut really improves the taste of the rice. It is more commonly found in java although the food is popular all over the country. Since it is one of the favorite foods here, you should give it a try. To cook it, you need to wash the rice thoroughly. Cook it with coconut milk and a little water. Another thing that makes it special is how it is served. People usually serve nasi liwet with shredded chicken, chayote, boiled eggs, bean sprouts, etc.

Indonesian Cuisine Nasi Liwet Recipe 2

Chayote has a unique flavor, so when it is combined with nasi liwet, it will taste great. Cook chayote with chicken broth to bring out the aroma and taste. Some people like it because it is spicy. If you do not like spicy foods that much, this is probably not the best choice for you. Or you can skip chayote for another ingredient that’s not too spicy. Another thing that we like about nasi liwet is the broth. It is also made of coconut milk. So basically, both the rice and broth contain coconut milk. Therefore, it really has supreme taste. Also add fried tempeh, tofu, and prawn crackers. They are common toppings for Indonesian foods.


  • 1000 cc coconut milk
  • 500 grams rice, washed and drained
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp chicken bouillon powder
  • 8 bay leaves
  • 1 big tofu, cut into 4 pieces and fry
  • 200 grams tempeh, cut into 4 pieces and fry

Indonesian Cuisine Nasi Liwet Recipe


  1. Place a large pan over medium heat. Add rice, salt, bay leaves, coconut milk, and bouillon powder into the pan. Why don’t we add coconut milk later? It is better to cook coconut milk starting at a low temperature, so that it doesn’t curdle. The cocoa butter can separate from the liquid. Therefore, make sure you add it before the pan becomes too hot.
  2. Bring the rice to a boil and stir occasionally. Don’t leave it because without constant stirring, the rice can be sticky. You would want to make sure that it is cooked properly and the coconut milk seeps into the rice. If the rice feels less tender when the coconut oil is fully absorbed, you can add some water to make it smoother. Once it has obtained a soft texture, switch off the stove and set aside.
  3. There is another process, which is steaming. It is actually very important. If the rice is still rough, you can skip adding water and proceeds to the steaming process. It is actually very easy. Heat a pan steam. Put the rice into it and steam for about 30 minutes. Check out the texture once it is done.
  4. You can serve the rice with friend tofu and tempeh. There are many other toppings you can add, like bean sprouts, shredded chicken, spicy condiment chillie, cucumber, etc. The most important part is the rice itself. It tastes different from the rice we usually cook with only water.

That’s a nasi liwet recipe. You can try it at home.

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