Easy Recipe for Indonesian Nasi Kuning – Festive Yellow Turmeric Rice

Rice colored with turmeric and shaped into a cone is a common sight during festive occasions in Bali and Java. The conical shape echoes that of the mythical Hindu mountain, Meru, while yellow is the color of royalty and one of the four sacred colors for Hindus. Even in Muslim Java, this traditional festive dish […]

Fragrant Banarasi Pilau Recipe

Banaras (also Kasi or Varanasi) is a tirtha, a religious pilgrimage city on the sacred Ganges River in northern India. Pilgrims come from all over India to cleanse in the river at Banaras. Banaras is the most distinguished and consecrated of the seven ancient holy cities of India, stationed on the west bank of the […]

Recipe: Make Basmati Rice the Traditional Way

Arguably the most famous rice in the world, basmati rice is a variety of long grain rice renowned for its fragrance and delicate flavor. In Hindi, basmati literally means “queen of fragrance.” Characteristically, the grains of basmati rice are longer than usual forms of rice. The grains grow longer as they cook. They aren’t sticky […]