nasi jagung

Nasi Jagung: Simple and Delicious Korn Rice

Welcome to another rice dish! Today I’ll be making nasi jagung, an amazing yet simple rice dish that uses corn kernels to mix with the rice.

To make nasi jagung, simply boil rice like usual. Add corn kernels after boiling to let it infuse with the rice during the resting period, that’s it!

What is Nasi Jagung?

Nasi jagung, literally translating to “corn rice,” is a traditional Indonesian dish that creatively incorporates fresh corn kernels with cooked rice. This dish finds its roots deep within the culinary practices of various Indonesian regions, where corn is a staple crop, playing a vital role alongside rice in the local diet.

Its simplicity and nutritious profile make it a popular choice among those looking to add variety to their meals while utilizing locally available ingredients.

Typically, nasi jagung is enjoyed as a base for other dishes, serving a similar purpose as plain white rice but with an added sweet, corn-infused flavor that complements both meat and vegetable sides.

Beyond its delicious taste and nutritional benefits, this dish is a cultural symbol, reflecting the agricultural practices and ingenuity of Indonesian cooking.

Step 1: Collect the ingredients

nasi jagung

Nasi jagung

Nasi jagung! Try this easy rice recipe now and enjoy it's simple yet delicious outcome. Definitely try this one out if you're looking for an easy way to upgrade plain white rice!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Rice dish
Cuisine Indonesian
Servings 4
Calories 135 kcal


  • 300 g (pandan) rice
  • 150 g corn kernels


  • Collect the ingredients
  • Cook the rice
  • Rest nasi jagung
  • Serve and conserve nasi jagung
Keyword Nasi jagung

Note: the given kcal count is based on an online tool and should be taken with a grain of salt.

What to consider when choosing the ingredients

  • Rice: Opt for a high-quality variety that’s fluffy and absorbs flavors well. I recommend using basmati or pandan rice for the best flavor and texture. Go for brown rice if you want to stay healthy, as I did.
  • Corn: Fresh, sweet corn straight from the land is ideal. It adds a burst of sweetness and texture to the dish. You can also choose convenience and go for canned corn kernels, as I did.

Step 2: Boil nasi jagung

Start with boiling the rice, this step is the foundation of the dish, so attention to detail is key.

  1. Wash the rice thoroughly to remove any impurities and excess starch.
  2. Add water to the rice in a pot, ensuring it reaches about 2 cm above the rice level.
  3. Set the stove to medium-high heat and bring the water to a boil.
  4. Once boiling, cover the pan and reduce the heat to low, letting the rice simmer until the water is completely evaporated. This should take about 15 minutes depending on your setup and rice grain.

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Step 3: Resting nasi jagung

Here’s where the magic happens, this step is absolutely essential for any steamed rice to become fluffy. Never skip this step!

  1. After the rice is cooked and the water has evaporated, turn off the heat.
  2. Stir the rice gently with a fork to fluff it up and ensure even cooking.
  3. Add the corn to the rice, mixing it in thoroughly. The residual heat will perfectly cook the corn, infusing the rice with its sweetness and crunch.
  4. Let the mixture rest for at least 15 minutes, though 1 hour is ideal for the flavors to settle.
adding korn to the rice
finished nasi jagung

Step 4: Serve and Conserve Nasi

Your Nasi Jagung is now ready to make its grand entrance. Serve it warm with various sides. I can recommend the following:

nasi jagung served

To conserve any leftovers, ensure they’re stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a day. Or in the freezer where it’ll conserve for months. When you’re ready to enjoy it again, simply reheat it, and it’ll be just as delicious as when it was freshly made.

I hope you’ve liked this rice recipe and if you did, let me know what you think and please leave a rating!

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