Nasi gurih is probably the easiest flavored steamed white rice that you can prepare at home. Unlike nasi uduk, nasi kuning, or nasi liwet, you only need coconut milk, pandan leaves, salt, and of course rice to prepare this with a rice cooker. The most suitable rice for nasi gurih is Thai varieties, which is the closest to the rice sold in Indonesia. Jasmine Thai rice is the best, though regular Thai rice works just as well. If your grocery store doesn’t have Thai rice, the next best thing is actually Indian basmati rice. I wouldn’t recommend using Japanese rice since the grain is much shorter compared to Indonesian/Thai version.
- 4 rice cooker cups (or 3 regular cups) Thai rice, washed and drained
- 3 pandan leaves, knotted
- ½ tablespoon salt
- 1 can (400 ml) coconut milk
- water, as needed
- Place rice, pandan leaves, and salt in rice cooker pot. Pour coconut milk into the pot, then add enough water to satisfy the water level requirement of your rice cooker to cook white rice. Give a quick stir to mix well.
- Place the pot into rice cooker machine. Cook until the cooking indicator switch to "warm" or "ready". Wait 10 minutes, then open the lid, remove pandan leaves, and fluff the rice with rice paddle. Serve warm.