Recipe Anchovy Liwet Rice

Nasi Liwet Teri is a beloved Indonesian dish known for its aromatic rice cooked with anchovies and a variety of spices. This dish originated from the Sundanese culture, but its popularity has spread throughout Indonesia due to its delicious taste and simplicity in preparation. Here's a guide to crafting this flavorful dish:


  1. 2 cups of rice (preferably jasmine rice)
  2. 1 cup of anchovies (teri medan), cleaned and drained
  3. 3 cups of water
  4. 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  5. 2 shallots, finely chopped
  6. 2 bay leaves
  7. 2 salam leaves (Indonesian bay leaves)
  8. 1 teaspoon of salt
  9. 1 teaspoon of sugar
  10. 2 tablespoons of cooking oil


  1. Rinse the rice thoroughly until the water runs clear. Drain and set aside.
  2. Heat the cooking oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add minced garlic and chopped shallots, then sauté until fragrant.
  3. Add anchovies to the pan and continue to sauté for another 2-3 minutes.
  4. Pour in water, then add bay leaves, salam leaves, salt, and sugar. Stir well.
  5. Add the rinsed rice into the pan and stir until all ingredients are evenly mixed.
  6. Cover the pan and let the rice cook over low heat for about 15-20 minutes, or until the rice is fully cooked and has absorbed the liquid.
  7. Once cooked, fluff the rice with a fork and remove from heat.


Serve Nasi Liwet Teri hot in individual bowls. It pairs wonderfully with fried chicken, fried tofu, or tempeh. Garnish with sliced cucumber, fried shallots, and chopped green onions for added freshness and flavor.


  1. To enhance the aroma, you can add a pandan leaf while cooking the rice.
  2. Adjust the amount of salt and sugar according to your taste preference.
  3. For a richer flavor, you can use coconut milk instead of water.


  1. Nasi Liwet Teri Pedas: Add chopped chili or chili paste to make the dish spicier.
  2. Nasi Liwet Teri Kacang: Incorporate fried peanuts for added texture and nuttiness.
  3. Nasi Liwet Teri Sayuran: Include diced carrots, peas, and corn for a nutritious twist.


A serving of Nasi Liwet Teri (approximately 1 cup) contains around 200-250 calories, depending on the specific ingredients used and any additional garnishes.


Nasi Liwet Teri is a delightful Indonesian dish that offers a burst of flavors and textures. With its simple yet aromatic preparation, it's a perfect choice for a satisfying meal. Whether enjoyed on its own or paired with your favorite side dishes, this dish is sure to become a favorite in your culinary repertoire. Explore the variations, adjust the seasonings to your liking, and savor the rich essence of Indonesian cuisine with every bite of Nasi Liwet Teri.


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