1. Rinse the rice with water to remove dirt.
2. Set the rice to cook with water in rice cooker. Add ghee, salt and chicken stock cube.
3. Cook until water dries up to only 0.5cm from the rice surface, add colourings – one colour at one corner, do not mix the colourings and do not stir.
4. When rice is cooked, mix the coloured rice.
5. Serve plain or best with rendang and curry dishes.
Rice has been Asian’s staple food for centuries. It has been cultivated in Asia for over 10,000 years! (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rice#Asia). Hence Asian created great varieties of dishes with rice, you name it! From common plain rice to Japanese sushi to fried rice to rice salad…and the list continues. Emergence of fusion restaurants in Asian countries generates a new list of rice recipes too. Their chefs are coming up with new rice recipes every now and then to capture Asian’s taste buds.
Nasi Hujan Panas is a Malay rice recipe; popular in Malaysia and Indonesia therefore you can hardly find its English name. I would translate it as “Rain Shower Rice” but some people refer it as “Rainbow Rice” featuring its colourful rice. Being Malay food, Nasi Hujan Panas is commonly served with other Malay dishes such as beef rendang or chicken curry.
To make Nasi Hujan Panas recipe simple yet still yummy, I made some ingredients optional in the recipe. Other ingredients include onions, garlic, cinnamon sticks, anise, pandan leaves, coconut milk or evaporated milk and (wow!) many more – pick and choose your preferred flavours! Water level for the rice should remain the same unless you choose to add other liquid ingredients (then reduce water accordingly). Because I am not adding any of these ingredients, I suggest adding chicken stock cube to enhance the flavour.
Nasi Hujan Panas still tastes fine with just salt and ghee though. Butter or margarine can be used to replace ghee. Nasi Hujan Panas are sometimes created from Nasi Lemak, Nasi Minyak or other flavourful rice but still named Nasi Hujan Panas after its colourful appearance. The main feature of Nasi Hujan Panas is still the look. It is named after its appearance anyway. It is especially appealing to kids. It never fails to amaze kids and feed those “dun-wanna-eat” kids. Hm…not a bad idea for kids’ bento!