Recipes from Brunei: Nasi Biryani (Celebration Rice)

Recipes from Brunei

Nasi Biryani (Celebration Rice)

Country: Brunei
Course: Side
Makes: 6 servings


  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 3 tbsp thinly sliced shallots
  • 1/4 cup minced shallots
  • 1 tsp minced gingerroot
  • 1 garlic clove, mince or pressed
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 2 1/4 cup water
  • 1 1/4 cup long grain rice
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 small tomato, sliced
  • 1 tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tbsp almonds, chopped
  • 1 tbsp cashews, chopped
  • 1/2 small fresh red chile


  1. Heat 3 tbsp oil in a large pot and fry the sliced shallots until golden, then remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels, leaving the oil in the pot.
  2. Add the minced shallots, ginger and garlic. Saute for two minutes or until fragrant.
  3. Add the water and bring to a boil, then add the rice and yogurt. Stir until well blended.
  4. Now add the tomato, cilantro, nuts and chile. Return to a boil, then cover and simmer over a very low flame for 40 minutes or until all the water is absorbed and the rice is tender.
  5. Garnish with the fried shallots.