Spiced Coconut Rice (Indonesian Nasi Lemak)

One of Indonesian people's favorite menus for breakfast, nasi lemak which tastes very tasty from coconut milk ingredients.



Nasi Lemak means fatty rice in English words. Fatty comes from creamy and savory sensation from coconut milk ingredients. So, sometimes people call that menu with savory rice or fatty rice.

It's easy to make, especially if you use a rice cooker. We only need to mix the rice with the spices used. The spice content made me name this menu Spiced Coconut Rice.

Well, that morning I decided to make Spiced Coconut Rice to serve with simple ingredients such as wild spinach, baby corns, and tomatoes.

That morning, to be honest, I had run out of vegetables in the refrigerator. I only have 3 baby corns, also tomatoes. Meanwhile, in my garden there is a wild spinach which I often use for my daily side dishes.



I quickly took the wild spinach from the garden. Thank goodness I got enough wild spinach to mix it with baby corns. ❤️

By making Spiced Coconut Rice you will create dishes that taste delicious even with simple ingredients. I'm sure, we can't resist Spiced Coconut Rice. It's really appetizing to be honest.

During the cooking process in the rice cooker, the aroma of spices wafted throughout the room🤣 it was still not cooked and my husband couldn't wait.

Well, let me show you how to make Spiced Coconut Rice served with some vegetables. You can replace it with your veggies as well. 😊


Up to 4 servings


  • 1 cup of rice
  • 1 cup of coconut milk (do not use thick coconut milk. You can add water if the coconut milk is still in thick texture)
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, cut into 2 parts and flattened
  • 2-3 cm of cinnamon stalk
  • a thumb-size of ginger, flattened
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of onion puree (from 3 cloves of garlic and 5 small cloves of red onion)



  • 50-100 grams baby corns
  • 2 handfuls of spinach
  • 1 green tomato
  • 1 red tomato (tomato can be replaced with bell pepper)
  • 3 cloves of garlic, sliced
  • 5 small cloves of red onion, sliced

Cooking Instructions


Wash the rice until the color of the rice water does not look cloudy. Usually we wash rice 3 times.




Put the washed rice into the rice cooking container. Then, mix the rice with coconut milk, water, also with salt, onion puree, and ground pepper. Steer them well. After that, add flattened ginger, lemongrass, cinnamon stalk, and bay leaves.

Then cook in a rice cooker. When cooked, the rice will look a little damp but that's not a problem if it's still hot.



So, we have to stir them well after they are cooked and leave it for a while. Their texture will become drier once the hot steam dissipates.



While the rice is cooking, prepare the veggies. Heat a little oil, then stir-fry slices of garlic and red onion.



Add baby corn and spinach. Add a little water, and cook them for about 3 minutes.




After 3 minutes, add salt and chopped tomatoes. Cook again for 2 minutes.



I served Spiced rice with vegetables on top. I used a cake cutter to shape them into one beautiful whole.

Also, I added slices of cucumber which I shaped into flowers. You can also add fried onions for extra crunchy sensation.

I'm very happy that my version of Nasi Lemak can be this delicious. My husband and I finished the rice for lunch. But these vegetables are only for breakfast because they contain spinach which must be finished immediately.

Spiced coconut rice is also suitable for serving for dinner with a combination of your favorite side dishes. So, tell me will you try this menu? 😊❤️

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Anggrek Lestari


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Anggrek Lestari is an Indonesian fiction writer who has published two major books. Now She is a full-time content creator. She has a goal to share life, poem, and food content that makes others happy and can get inspiration.

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Your presentation is so good 👍

Thank you 😊

That's so true alwsys make too tempting....

Wow it looks very delicious and tasty! You are very skilful in preparing your menu into attractive one.

Indonesian nasi lemak is rich in spices 😋 yeah we can smelling them even from far away

It looks too tempting to resist. I am wondering how this will taste after soaked in coconut milk.....we too have a similar recipe...but in that case we ook everything at once...never knew that by cooking differently it will be so good looking

Actually not really soak because we directly cook them 😊
Yeah just about different style of cooking but I am sure the taste is similar.

I can imagine the taste of this . I tried spiced rice here several times and I truly like it.


Yeah in Asian many nasi lemak dishes. But for sure with many variation of the topping


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I think I will love your only own spiced coconut rice

You can try it too because only need rice cooker 😊

I'll try someday haha

I remember my mother's cooking, she often makes it ☺️I'm sure your cooking is also very delicious, thank you very much for sharing this recipe ☺️@anggreklestari

Yeah my late mom often made this menu too ❤️

I will try it☺️

I wonder if you are actually a food vlogger or a Micheline Star Chef mbak?
your presentation deserves a 5-star.

Looking so lovely, hard to resist for sure.

I just be a chef for family for a long time 😅

It's looks delicious! I've never tried nasi lemak before.

Really? I thought in Jakarta so many nasi lemak or nasi gurih menu there😊

Yes, I've never eaten this one. I'm so curious about the taste. Maybe I'll try it later.

Then you should 😊

Yeah, I think so!

What a beautiful presentation, I love the plating, it invites you to taste 😍



Wooow! Another awesome plating anggrek. 👏🎉😉 I love the colors.

It simply looks good. So for sure it will taste good. I could feel the aroma if lemon grass. I too make coconut rice often but without lemon grass.

Yeah so rich in good fragnant 😊❤️

That dish looks very tasty, although I prefer it for lunch.

And wow, I always fall in love with your photos but this time the cucumbers flower has completely captivated me 😍🥰😍🥰

Yes, suitable for lunch too 😊

I love dishes with coconut milk but this one is exquisite. Normally I cooked rice separately then prepare dishes with coconut milk but this one seems opposite but I love the idea. Hopefully I can have time so I can try this recipe let see if my family will like it. Thanks sharing this @anggreklestari excellent food presentation as always.👏 😍

Cooking coconut milk with rice Will save time too. So while you waiting the rice, you can prepare the side dishes 😊

The food looks so delicious and nutritious. Food making process also nice.

Thank you. This recipe I got from my late mom as well 😊

It is so deliciously beautiful and appetizing your publication. In my country they make coconut rice but as a dessert. Your recipe is new to me, thank you very much @anggreklestari

My virtual hug 🌺💙

Every country has own culture to serve dish, and in Indonesia we have savory dish for coconut rice but then we have also sweet coconut rice for porridge 😊

Yes, that's why it's wonderful to know different customs according to the variety of cultures gathered in Hive. In particular, I am going to send your recipe to my mother in Venezuela, because I am in Colombia at the moment. My mother is a cooking lover, she loves to learn and try new things and when I saw your recipe I thought of her, she will like this 💖

Another hug 😊

❤️❤️❤️ yeah so fun to know each other culture from Hive. I have many lesson learn through Hive user's as well ❤️

I love seeing local things on your blog, this is one of them. This is the first time I've heard of Nasi Lemak and it looks like you eat what grows in your region for every meal, including breakfast. The appearance is perfect. Especially the rose you made from cucumber looks nice :)


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your dish always looks so tempting... i wish could have bite of your dish...
some of these ingredients are not available in my small hometown... thankyou for your recipe...

It looks so beautiful that it doesn't provoke me to eat it, although I know it tastes divine.

Milk, coconut and rice a great combination, I have not had the pleasure of trying, I will save this recipe to treat myself to a delicious breakfast on a special day, thank you. @anggreklestari 🙏

It’s cool to seee you use these ingredients and coming up with a dish like this. While my mom would ,come up with some porridge kind of dessert. We South Indians are always making a coconutty rice dessert.😁✨

We have rice porridge too 😊 so many variation we kind make for sure ❤️

Nice outlook, sis. I am sure you made it tasty like it usually..

These look so much fun and I will definitely try to buy all these things from the market and make them at home once.

Hi, you won't believe it, but when I saw the title of your recipe I imagined the typical rice with coconut from Venezuela, it is prepared sweet and it is very tasty, coconut is special for preparing recipes. I could not miss your publication, you did not have many ingredients but they were enough and necessary to make this dish a specialty. It's good that you grow vegetables in your garden. This oily rice looks very tasty, I liked the way you cut the corn, first time I see them like that, they were special to decorate the dish, they look like little flowers. Greetings to you.