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Nasi Kuning
Indonesian Yellow Rice

This is the rich foundation of every Indonesian feast.
Total time: ½ hour
6 cups rice
6 cups coconut milk
4-½ cups water
6 stalks lemon grass
4 salam or bay leaves
1-½ tsp. turmeric
1-½ tsp. salt

Wash the rice in cold running water until the water runs clear. Put the coconut milk, water, lemon grass, salam or bay leaves, turmeric and salt. Bring to a boil, add the rice, cover the pot, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 20 minutes, until the rice has absorbed all the liquid. Fluff up with a fork and turn out onto a serving platter.