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Rice Cooker Ketupat - Rice Cooker Rice Cakes

Rice cakes are popular sides made of rice that often accompany Indonesian savory dishes, such as sate, gado-gado, ketoprak, lontong sayur, and many other dishes. For festive occasions, we usually have ketupat or rice cakes wrapped in woven palm leave pouches in the shape of diamond. For daily meals, lontong is more popular, which is rice cakes wrapped in banana leave pouches in the shape of a tube. Both are quite tricky to make, though there are now lontong moulds that greatly increase the chance of success in lontong making. As for ketupat, well, I won’t even bother trying, better leave them to the professionals and buy them ready made. :D

Rice Cooker Ketupat - Rice Cooker Rice Cakes
Rice Cooker Ketupat - Rice Cooker Rice Cakes

Anyway, living outside of Indonesia, even if I own a lontong mould, finding the requisite banana leaves can be tricky. So, here is a really simple method to make your very own rice cakes, as long as you have a rice cooker, and any square/oblong shape moulds, which a regular loaf pan should do the trick nicely. I still call them ketupat though for lack of vocabulary, though technically, this is not ketupat, and not lontong, but a close enough approximation for those feeling a bit home sick and need a serving or two of rice cakes. ;)

Rice Cooker Ketupat - Rice Cooker Rice Cakes

5.0 from 8 reviews

Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 20 mins

Total Time: 30 mins

Serves: 4

Print Recipe


  • 2 cups jasmine rice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups water
  • Tools
  • rice cooker
  • loaf pan
  • saran plastic wrap


  1. Wash and drain rice. Then place the rice, salt, and water in a rice cooker, and cook until rice cooker turns to "warm".
  2. Open the lid, and with the rice paddle (this usually comes with your rice cooker) or a spatula, fluff and press the rice. The cooked rice for making rice cake should be much wetter than typical steamed rice.
  3. Line a loaf pan with saran plastic wrap. Transfer the still warm rice to the pan, press with rice paddle or spatula as you transfer the rice. Once all the rice has been transfer, cover the the top surface with another piece of saran wrap and flatten the surface while keep pressing.
  4. Once the rice is as packed as it can be, poke the top saran plastic wrap with a skewer to create holes for steam to escape.
  5. Let the rice cake cools, you can speed up the process by cooling it in the refrigerator.
  6. Once it has completely cooled, remove rice cake from the mould, remove the plastic wrap, and cut into 1 inch cubes. Serve with your favorite savory dish.
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  • ichsan ichsan says:

    Hi Anita! I was wandering around in pinterest and i was directed to your page. Thank you for posting this smart way of making ketupat the easier way.

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Ichsan, you are welcome :)

  • Jeanne Jeanne says:

    Hi Anita Thank you for sharing ! Now i can make my own ketupat. I normally buy one whole tube which my husband and i are unable to finish even in 3 meals. Regards Jeanne

  • Edwin Ho Edwin Ho says:

  • YanaB YanaB says:

    Hi Anita, Thank you for sharing so many recipes. My husband loves rice cake, so I'll try this technique. My question is, 2 cups jasmine rice. Is it baking cup or rice cooker cup? Thank you so much! I appreciate it.

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Yana, I'm using US/baking cup and not rice cooker cup.

  • Eva Fathia Eva Fathia says:

    Hi I’m Fathia from Ottawa Canada, Thank you for this very easy quick recipe to make Ketupat, I made it and it’s so good fast and my girls love it.

  • Farah Adzlin Farah Adzlin says:

    Whoa it works! Thanks for the tip!

  • Xander Xander says:

    I'm making this first time ...

  • Hoi Hoi says:

    Hi Anita, I stumbled across your recipe for ketupat and I made it according to your recipe and it turned out perfect.

  • Zoey Smith Zoey Smith says:

    I have to say, I've never made ketupat before and I was a bit intimidated by the process. But this recipe made it so easy! The instructions were clear and easy to follow, and the end result was delicious ☺. I was able to make perfect ketupat in my rice cooker without any hassle. I am so impressed with this recipe and will definitely be making it again in the future. Thank Anita for sharing such a great recipe! ❤

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