Turmeric Glutinous Rice (Nasi Kunyit)

Submitted by Tiffy

Turmeric Glutinous Rice, or Nasi Kunyit/Pulut Kuning (in Malay) is a very popular rice in Malaysia, cooked with turmeric and can be served with any type of curry. In Malaysia, one can buy Nasi Kunyit from many places such as food stalls, supermarkets, etc. Turmeric powder is processed from a tropical plant of the ginger family, in which case, the Chinese call it 'Yellow Ginger'. It was also reported that consuming turmeric may help to delay the progression of Alzheimer's, thanks to the curcumine substance found in it.


  • 6 cups glutinous rice (sticky rice), rinsed
  • Water, enough to cover up the rice in a bowl
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric powder
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2-3 pandan leaves, tied into knot
  • A pinch of sea salt


  1. Mix glutinous rice and turmeric powder in water just over the level of rice. Soaked overnight, drained
  2. Place rice and pandan leaves in a tray or casserole dish, and into a steamer.
  3. Steam over high heat for about 20 minutes, or till it is almost cooked. Remove from steamer.
  4. Add salt into coconut milk, stir in to the rice and mix well.
  5. Continue to steam for another 10 minutes or so.

Versatility Note:

  1. Turmeric glutinous rice is best served with beef rendang or chicken curry, or just any type of curry of your choice.
  2. You may also add dried tamarind skin with the rice.