Have you ever feel lazy to cook? I have, multiple times!

Sometimes, when laziness strikes and I still want something home-made, I make this recipe. It’s rice, with herbs and spices, vegetables, and anchovy dumped into rice cooker. One push of a button and that’s it!

The original title of this recipe is “Nasi Liwet”. It’s a dish from West Java region, a Sundanese dish to be exact.

I encountered with this recipe when I was in university. Once a month, the residents of my dorm would made a got together, and we cooked this with some other simple dishes such as stir fried kangkong, fried tofu and tempeh, and sambal (a must!).

It’s perfect for such occasion, because it’s so simple to make, yet packed with flavors and aroma.. yum! And really, you can’t do wrong using rice cooker.

This was at my husband’s office family gathering… “Nasi liwet” and side dishes scattered on banana leaf. The rule: nobody get up before all the foods gone.


The presentation of this dish is also unique. We use banana leaf and spread the food all over. Everybody would just sit and squeeze in wherever they can. No utensil involved. More hygienic person would scream and run.  Hehehe..

But hey, It’s fun!

There’s also the upscale version of this where the side dishes includes chicken, meat, fish, and various veggies. But so far I have only attend the humble version. Maybe you can host Liwet party and surprise those who never try eat like this. Honestly, at first I was surprise too! Where’s the plate? Where’s my spoon? Why should I eat this, you touched my food! Hahaha…

Image source: Foody.id


But at home, on lazy day, I only make the rice with few tweaks.

To make the rice, the basic ingredients are rice, shallot, garlic, chili, galangal for the taste, and lemongrass, bay leaves, lime leaves, for the aroma, plus a little bit of cooking oil and powdered stock for extra tastiness. Dump everything plus water in rice cooker. Done!


For a super lazy day when I don’t want to cook anything else, I also put some vegetables (usually green bean and broccoli) and anchovy for a bit of protein source.

You can play around with the recipe. Switch or skip the vegetables. Add more things that can be cooked along in the rice cooker (some chicken cubes maybe?).

Maybe some people would think, it still take some effort, It’s not really easy. Well, maybe… but Indonesian home cook usually prepares rice, some vegetable dish, and protein source dish. But some household even prepares more dishes per day, for example, two different side dishes for lunch and two more for dinner. So, most Indonesian home cook will agree with me, that this recipe is simple and easy.

I like to serve it with sambal and with uncooked veggies like cucumber to add freshness. It also goes well with fried egg, fried chicken, or whatever. It’s rice, it goes well with pretty much anything.

Easy Aromatic Rice (Sundanese Liwet)

Category: Main course

Cuisine: Indonesian

Yield: 4-5

Easy Aromatic Rice (Sundanese Liwet)


  • 200 gr rice (preferably medium grain)
  • 300 ml water
  • 6 pcs shallots, sliced thinly
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced thinly
  • 3 pcs bay leaves
  • 1 stalk lemongrass
  • 3 pcs lime leaves
  • 3 cm galangal
  • 6 pcs chili pepper (or to taste), slice thinly
  • 3 tbsp cooking oil
  • powdered stock (optional)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • salty dried anchovies (optional)
  • green bean (optional)
  • broccoli (optional)


  1. Dump everything to rice cooker, stir, and let the rice cooker do the job
  2. "Nasi Liwet" can be served with (but not limited to) sambal, prawn cracker, tofu, tempeh, etc.