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Beras Kencur: Indonesian Rice & Kencur Herbal Drink

  • Author: Nunuk Sri Rahayu
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Boiling
  • Cuisine: Indonesian
  • Diet: Vegan


Beras kencur is an Indonesian herbal drink consisting of rice, kencur, and ginger, and is commonly used to soothe throat irritations, increase stamina, and boost overall health.


  • 150 gr white rice, wash thoroughly and soak overnight.
  • 200 gr fresh kencur, peeled and chopped.
  • 50 gr fresh ginger, peeled and chopped.
  • 500 gr palm sugar
  • 100 gr granulated sugar
  • 50 gr fresh tamarind, dissolved in 2 tbsp of water
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 lt water


  1. In a large pot, put the palm sugar, granulated sugar, tamarind and water, and boil it until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Turn off the heat and leave it until it cools off completely.
  3. Blend the fresh kencur, ginger, and rice with 2 cups of the cool sugar water using a blender, until fine.
  4. Put the blended paste in the remaining sugar water, mix well, then strain the drink.
  5. Keep the beras kencur in a storage bottle, and enjoy it with or without ice.


  • It’s really important to leave the sugar water to completely cool before mixing it with blended kencur and rice. Otherwise the rice will coagulate and become porridge.
  • Store beras kencur in a clean, dry glass bottle to prevent bacteria. It will stay fresh for around 5 days in the refrigerator.
  • Fresh kencur is a must ingredient and can not be substituted with dry or powdered one.

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