Indonesian Spiced Rice Recipe -
Indonesian Spiced Rice Recipe
  • READY IN 35 mins

Indonesian Spiced Rice

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"This colorful spicy side dish goes perfect with kabobs, especially with cherry tomatoes; the color combo is most appealing. Lamb is a good accompaniment."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    35 mins


  1. Heat oil in large, heavy pan over medium heat. Stir in onion, jalapeno peppers and garlic. Saute until onion is translucent; about 8 minutes.
  2. Stir turmeric, cinnamon, and rice into the pan; stir for 2 minutes. Mix in the chicken broth, water and bay leaf. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and cook 20 minutes.
  3. Turn off the heat altogether and let sit for 5 minutes. Garnish with chopped green onion.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 30, 2007

This was amazing. I was afraid my picky husband and son would not eat it, especially with the strong aroma. But they gobbled it up and even went back for seconds. I used brown rice, so I had to cook it for about 45 minutes and then let it rest for another 10-15. In addition to the green onions, I topped it off with cilantro and a few mint leaves. This will be a regular at my house, but as another reviewer suggested, I too would cut the amount in half. My small family liked it, but I'm sure they don't want to eat the leftovers for a whole week.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 10, 2005

This was a nice side dish, but nothing too fancy or mind-blowing. My boyfriend said it was good and asked if it was a curry dish. The turmeric gave it the look and flavor of a mild curry dish. There were no rave reviews for the effort. I used it as an accompaniment to Indonesian Satay (on this site). I think it would have been much better with an Indian dish (like Tandoori Chicken as another reviewer mentioned). The Indonesian Satay really should have had a white jasmine rice side dish.


39 Ratings

Jul 23, 2010

I was looking for a recipe to use jalapenos I stupidly picked up at the farmers' market... stupid because I had no idea what to do with them, they were just pretty. This recipe looked easy and I had all the ingredients. Well, it is delicious! My only change was to use only one jalapeno, since I didn't know how hot they were. Good thing, because one was way enough for us. So good and so easy. I will make this again for sure. I may add peas or something, it just seems like something else of vegetable form would be good.

Oct 20, 2005

Smelled wonderful while cooking. Tasted good too! A nice addition to my rotation of side dishes. I'll have to try the tandoori chicken that so many reviewers are talking about. Happy cooking!

Aug 29, 2002

I left the cinnamon out and incresed the hot peppers to 4. Great flavor!

Aug 30, 2010

This was fantastic, followed recipe well left out jalapenos everyone loved it

Jan 20, 2005

I was so impressed how great the rice tasted! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Jul 23, 2011

This smells so good when cooking! I used the spray oil instead of vegetable oil, brown rice instead of white rice, and omitted the chicken broth, using water instead. This is delicious!


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  • Calories
  • 226 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 39.8 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 5.5 g
  • 8%
  • Fiber
  • 1.3 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 3.7 g
  • 7%
  • Sodium
  • 4 mg
  • < 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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