Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Best Dinner in a long long long time

mmmm mmm mmmm mmm mmm mmm. This might be the best thing I have made in a while. Indonesian Yellow Rice with Indonesian Tempeh and Broccoli.

Indonesian Yellow Rice with Indonesian Tempeh

Here is the recipe for Indonesian Yellow Rice from Things Asian. I cut the original recipe in half and left out the butter. I threw all of the ingredients into my rice cooker and just let it do its thing. We actually thought we could cut the rice in half again. It still made a full pot.

Indonesian Yellow Rice
serves 5
1 1/2 cups rice, rinsed
1 1/2 cups coconut milk
1 cups water
1/2 tablespoon finely chopped fresh lemon grass
2 bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon, ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
Place all ingredients into rice cooker and cook according to rice cooker instructions. (See the original recipe for non-rice cooker instructions).

Indonesian Tempeh from with some modifications
serves 3
1 Tbsp unrefined peanut oil
1 block of tempeh, 1/2 in cubes

1 Tbsp unrefined peanut oil
1/2 onion, thinly sliced
1 tomato, chopped (I used 2 ripe roma tomatoes)
1/4 cup soy sauce
3 tbsp brown sugar
water as needed

Steam tempeh for 20 minutes. Remove from steamer (now you can reuse the steamer to make some broccoli). Heat 1 tbsp unrefined peanut oil in a non-stick skillet. Fry tempeh till brown on all sides (turning occasionally) and then move to a paper towel.

Heat 1 tablespoons oil in a wok. Add onion and fry until the onion turns translucent. Add tomato and fry for 2-3 minutes more. Then, add the soy sauce, sugar and tempeh and mix until well coated. Add a bit of water if the sauce is too thick.


  1. ooooooh this sounds wonderful! thanks for the recipes :) and happy holidays!

  2. The tempeh looks great. I'm always after new tempeh recipes.

  3. MMm, I think I need to make this again this week. :)

  4. Thanks, can't wait to try this one! (FYI,I found this blog via a Twitter search - @calanan)

    - mike in SLC

  5. @calanan
    Thanks Mike. Looks like we are neighbors. What is your twitter id?

  6. @calanan

    Nevermind, durh. Figured it out. Following now.

  7. Ooh so going to try that tempeh!

  8. @Megan
    Last time I made this (this week) I doubled the tempeh recipe and kept the rice at the normal recipe. Seemed to be a better match proportionally.