Grilled Yellow Basmati Rice & Prawns in Banana Leaves – Lovingly made by Lisa Wijoyo for Taj Foods’ 2018 Mother’s Day Rice Contest

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Something about Lisa

I’m Lisa, mum of two kids. Cooking for my family is what I love to do everyday. My cooking inspiration is pretty much coming from my Indonesian background as well as a combination of diverse cultural food in Australia. Simply exploring and creating new dishes has always been my passion to try out my curiosity. My favourite dish to cook is rice as its what my family likes to eat most of the time and also there are lot of yummy dishes which could be created or combined with rice. As I believe that a dish could bring togetherness that is why I would love to keep cooking for my family.

My experience with Taj Classic Basmati rice:

“It’s my first time cooking with Basmati rice. I found the texture and the aroma very unique. The basmati rice absorbed the flavour very well when I experienced cooking Yellow Basmati Rice using some spice like turmeric and coconut milk. Even when I grilled them, the aroma of the Rice came out deliciously . I think Basmati Rice is a perfect rice which is easy to cook and can be combined with many dishes.”

Here’s my Recipe:-

Grilled Yellow Basmati Rice and Prawn wrapped in Banana Leaves
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Ingredients for the Yellow Basmati rice:
  • 3 cups TAJ Classic Basmati rice.
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 1/2 Shallot.
  • 2 cm Turmeric.
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Milk
  • 2 cups water + 2 tbsp water
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 lemongrass
  • 8 lime leaves

For the wrapping:
  • Banana leaves
  • Toothpicks

For the Prawn Filling:
  • 300-350 gr Peeled Prawns
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 medium Red Capsicum
  • 6 Candlenuts
  • 2 Stalks Lemmon Grass, white part only
  • 1 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Milk
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 1 pinch of Salt and Pepper


  1. For cooking the Yellow Basmati rice:
    Blend the garlic, shallot, turmeric with 2 tbsp water until smooth. Cook Taj Classic Basmati Rice in the Rice Cooker with the blended ingredients, 2 cups water, coconut milk, lemon grass, lime leaves and pinch of salt.
  2. For cooking the prawn filling
    Blend the garlic, shallot, capsicum, candlenuts, lemongrass with 1/4 cup of water until smooth. Heat the pan with olive oil and cook the blended sauce, coconut milk, brown sugar, salt and pepper until fragrant. Put the prawns and stir about 2 minutes or until cooked through in medium heat. Set aside.
  3. Mix the Yellow Basmati Rice with the Prawns and wrap using the banana leaves and toothpicks. Grill both sides in the pan about 8- 10 minutes in medium heat. Serves about 6-7 wraps. Enjoy!