Nasi Uduk Betawi - Jakarta Savory Coconut Rice

Nasi Uduk Betawi: Jakarta Savory Coconut Rice Recipe

Nasi uduk has become one of the favorite foods among Indonesians especially Betawi people. The savory fragrance of coconut milk from grated coconut and various rich spices on this one dish meal is very tempting, and it will immediately make you starving in an instant!

The authentic Indonesian fragrant coconut rice itself had existed between the 14th and 16th centuries and was brought firstly to Indonesia via trading routes by Malay traders. They migrated from Sumatra to Java. About the name itself, nasi uduk is derived from the Sundanese language, in which the word “uduk” means “solid” or “mixed”.

There are also those who say that the word “uduk” has the same meaning as “tough”, by and large in the earlier times when nasi uduk can only be bought at the market or from mobile vendors who were selling off nasi uduk by using a cart. Even at that time there had been many Indonesian women who cooked nasi uduk for sale in the market to earn a living. This is mainly because cooking nasi uduk itself is quite easy – it’s so hassle-free that you can easily make it by yourself at home!


  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 27 minutes
  • Total time: 37 minutes

Serves: 5


  • 14 oz white rice
  • 2 cups of coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 pounded lemongrass
  • 2 pandan leaves (washed clean and tied into a knot)


  1. Cook white rice, coconut milk, salt, bay leaves, lemongrass and pandan leaves altogether in a rice cooker pot.
  2. Once all the ingredients are cooked, remove nasi uduk and get rid of bay leaves, lemongrass and pandan leaves.
  3. Serve nasi uduk alongside with the side dishes i.e. ayam goreng (fried chicken), telur dadar (omelet), kering tempe (sweet and spicy deep fried tempeh), bawang goreng (fried onions) and sambal kacang (peanut sauce).

You will be very full and contented from eating this mouthwatering meal especially as your breakfast or lunch. Its outstanding taste and abundant portion will boost and keep your energy high so that it remains fully charged for all of your daily activities throughout the day. Happy cooking!

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