Nasi liwet

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Nasi Liwet
Nasi Liwet Solo.jpg
Nasi liwet rice dish in rich coconut milk, chicken and egg.
Type Main course
Place of origin
Region or state
Solo, Central Java
Creator(s) Javanese
Serving temperature
Main ingredients
Rice cooked in rich coconut milk surrounded with side dishes
Cookbook:Nasi Liwet  Nasi Liwet

Nasi liwet is a succulent rice dish cooked in coconut milk and chicken broth, from Solo, Central Java. Common steamed rice is usually cooked in water, but nasi liwet is rice cooked in coconut milk and chicken broth, thus giving the rice a rich and succulent taste. Nasi liwet is a traditional Javanese way of cooking rice in coconut milk.

Nasi liwet is usually served with opor ayam (chicken in a mild white coconut milk based sauce), telur pindang (eggs boiled slowly with spices), and labu siam (chayote) as the vegetable. Traditionally, the pan used for cooking was made of clay. The taste and aroma is generally better if it is cooked on a wood fire, but different regions have different ways of preparing it. Traditionally, it is served on a banana leaf or teakwood leaf. Frequently, people prefer teakwood leaves to plates, because of the fragrance of the leaf. Nasi liwet complements (side dishes) always consist of coconut milk.

In Solo, it is usually eaten for breakfast, but also for lunch. In Keprabon district, nasi liwet is only served for supper at the nighttime. Similar rice-coconut milk dishes can be found in other parts of Indonesia, such as nasi uduk Betawi, nasi gurih Aceh, and neighboring nasi lemak from Malaysia.

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