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Nasi Liwet in Rice Cooker

Nasi liwet is rice cooked in coconut milk, chicken stock, lemongrass, and Indonesian bay leaves (daun salam), giving the rice a very rich and aromatic taste. Nasi liwet is typically served alongside a set of side dishes such as telur pindang, ayam suwir or ayam opor, tumis labu siam, and telur areh. Of course you don’t need to prepare the whole set, but I think at least serve this with ayam suwir or ayam opor and either telur pindang or telur areh.

Nasi Liwet in Rice Cooker

Nasi Liwet in Rice Cooker

I have tweaked the tradional nasi liwet recipe to work with my rice cooker, hopefully it should work with any rice cooker out there :) So if you don’t want to prepare nasi liwet the traditional way and want to use your rice cooker, you can follow this recipe for an easy and almost instant way to cook nasi liwet.

Nasi Liwet in Rice Cooker

Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 5 mins

Cook Time: 30 mins

Total Time: 35 mins

Serves: 8

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  • 450 gram Thai jasmine rice, washed and drained (about 3 rice cooker cups)
  • 4 Indonesian bay leaves (Indonesian: daun salam)
  • 2 lemongrass (Indonesian sereh), cut into 2 inch sections, bruised
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk from canned coconut milk
  • 2 3/4 cup water, or unsalted chicken stock for non-vegetarian (*)


  1. Place all ingredients in rice cooker pot, give it a stir so everything is mixed together. Put the pot in your rice cooker machine, and press cook until the rice is fully cooked.
  2. Let the cook rice sit unopened for 10 minutes, then open the rice cooker lid, use the rice spatula to gently fluff and stir. Keep warm until ready to serve.


  • (*) Follow the required amount of water suggested by your rice cooker, minus 1/4 cup which was substituted by 1/4 cup coconut milk.
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  • Stella Stella says:

    Thank you for this recipe! I've been craving for nasi liwet and cannot wait for my trip back in August so I was so glad when I found this blog accidentally while looking for Indonesian recipes blog in English. I have a question about adding salted fish/ikan asin in the rice, though. I remember having pieces of salted fish in a nasi liwet I ate years ago. Do you know what kind of salted fish I can get in the US that I can use for this dish? I've seen salted fish in my local Chinese grocery store but I wasn't sure that it would work as a substitute...

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Stella, it should work pretty well as a substitute. I usually get salted croacker fish, the whole fish ones, imported from Hong Kong. It can be pretty pricey, around $15-$20 a pound I think, but I really like them :)

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