Welcome to Rice Cookers 101! Today, we’ll be exploring the vibrant flavors of Indonesian cuisine with our recipe for zucchini rice. This flavorful dish combines rice with sautéed zucchini, onions, and aromatic spices, resulting in a nutritious and delicious meal that is sure to impress. With your trusty rice cooker, you can easily whip up this colorful and satisfying dish in no time. So, let’s get started and explore the world of Indonesian cooking! We’ve made this indonesian zucchini rice recipe easy to follow 👨‍🍳. If you’re looking for our favorite rice cookers to make this recipe, check out our list of top rice cookers here.

indonesian zucchini rice ingredients


  • 1 cup of basmati rice
  • 1 medium zucchini, cut into small cubes
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp of turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp of vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 cups of water or vegetable broth


  1. Rinse the basmati rice in cold water until the water runs clear. Drain the rice and set aside.
  2. In a large pot, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the diced onion and minced garlic. Cook until softened and fragrant, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the cubed zucchini to the pot and cook for another 5 minutes, until the zucchini starts to soften.
  4. Add the turmeric powder to the pot and stir to evenly coat the vegetables.
  5. Add the basmati rice to the pot and stir to coat the rice in the vegetable mixture.
  6. Add the water or vegetable broth to the pot and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and cover the pot with a lid. Simmer for 18-20 minutes, until the rice is cooked through and the liquid has been absorbed.
  8. Remove the pot from the heat and let it sit, covered, for another 5-10 minutes to allow the rice to steam and become fluffier.
  9. Fluff the rice with a fork and serve.

indonesian zucchini rice

How long does indonesian zucchini rice last in the fridge?

Indonesian zucchini rice can be stored in the fridge after cooking for up to 4 days. However, it is important to store the dish properly in an airtight container as soon as it has cooled down to room temperature. Before storing, make sure to remove any excess moisture as it can cause spoilage and bacteria growth. When reheating, make sure to heat the dish thoroughly to an internal temperature of at least 165°F to ensure that it is safe to eat. If you are unsure about the safety of the dish, it is always better to err on the side of caution and discard it.

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Low calorie indonesian zucchini rice recipe substitutions

To make the Indonesian Zucchini Rice lower in calorie, here are some substitution options:- Use brown rice instead of basmati rice. Brown rice is a healthier option as it contains more fiber and nutrients, but has fewer calories.- Use cooking spray instead of vegetable oil to reduce the amount of added fat.- Use low-sodium vegetable broth instead of water to add flavor without adding more calories.- Use less rice and more zucchini to increase the vegetable to rice ratio, which will reduce the calorie content of the dish while increasing its nutritional value.- Add more herbs and spices, such as cumin, coriander, or chili flakes, instead of salt to enhance the flavor of the dish without adding more calories. By implementing these substitutions, you can still enjoy the wonderful flavor of Indonesian Zucchini Rice while reducing the calorie content.

What to serve with a indonesian zucchini rice?

Indonesian zucchini rice is a flavorful dish that is perfect on its own or paired with other dishes. For a complete meal, you can pair it with grilled chicken or shrimp skewers marinated in Indonesian spices such as turmeric, ginger, and lemongrass. You can also add a side of stir-fried vegetables like bok choy or broccoli to add some texture and color to the plate. For vegetarians or vegans, you can serve it with tempeh or tofu cooked in a similar Indonesian spice blend. Finally, garnish the plate with some sliced cucumbers, a sprinkle of fried shallots, and a drizzle of sweet soy sauce for the perfect finishing touch.

Whats the best sauce for a indonesian zucchini rice?

There are several options of sauces that can complement Indonesian zucchini rice. However, the best sauce for this dish would be a combination of sweet soy sauce (kecap manis), chili sauce, and soy sauce. The sweet soy sauce will add a rich and sweet flavor, while the chili sauce will add a spicy kick. Soy sauce will enhance the savory notes of the dish. Mix these three ingredients in equal proportions and serve on the side for dipping or drizzle it over the rice for added flavor. This sauce trio will not only enhance the taste of the dish but also add a lovely shine to the rice. Enjoy!

Indonesian zucchini rice health benefits

Indonesian zucchini rice can be a healthy meal if prepared with the right ingredients and in moderation. Zucchini is a low-calorie vegetable that is rich in vitamins A and C, potassium, and fiber. Rice, on the other hand, provides carbohydrates that are essential for energy. However, the use of excessive oils, sodium, or processed meat in preparing the dish can diminish its nutritional value. Therefore, it is recommended to use lean meats such as chicken breast or prawns, add plenty of vegetables including carrots and bell peppers, and use minimal oil to prepare Indonesian zucchini rice. An alternative healthier recipe that can be recommended is grilled salmon with roasted vegetables and quinoa. This recipe is high in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and antioxidants, promoting a healthy heart and maintaining a stable blood sugar level.

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