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Cara Membuat Lontong | How To Make Homemade Lontong

Updated on April 12, 2013


Lontong or compressed rice is another kind form of presentation to enjoy rice. Traditionally lontong is cooked in a rolled-up banan leaf or cylinder shaped container made of banana leaf, or during Ramadhan month it called ketupat or rice cooked in a woven container made of coconut frond. Being cooked in limited space, the grains or rice are absorbed water and pressed to form a soft and solid mass.

Nowadays, banana leaf or coconut frond is not widely available due to scarcity especially in non tropical countries. If they are available,then become pricey. Alternatively, plastic can be used for making lontong. Here is easy way to make lontong without banana leaf or coconut frond. Also find other recipe to make lontong such as traditional lontong with banana leaf, traditional ketupat with coconut frond and pressure cooked lontong.

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Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 23 hours 55 min
Ready in: 24 hours
Yields: 4-6


  • 2 bags of parboiled long grain rice in plastic bag or known as boil-in-bag rice


  1. In a large saucepan or cooking pot, fill about 2/3 full of cold water and bring it rolling boil. Add in rice bags and boil them about at least 1 1/2 hours. Add some very hot water if needed to make sure the rice is always covered with water.
  2. After 1 1/2 hours, the rice bags will be plumped. Take out the bags and drain the water. Then let them cool and put them in fridge for a night.
  3. When it's time to serve, strip off the plastic bags and discard them. Cut the lontong into desired chunks and ready to serve.
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Ingredients for making lontong

This parboiled rice in bags are perfect for making lontong. Made of long grain rice and enrich with some vitamins and minerals. The result is always superb; solid firm lontong. Highly recommended.



Tips for making good lontong

Use regular parboild long grain rice and not precooked or easy-cook.

Use long grain rices to make firm lontong than Jasmine or other Asian rices.

The rice should fill about 1/3 full of the perforated plastic bag. If the bags are big then, reduce it by sealer machined.

Cooking pot for making lontong

You may need good cooking pot for making lontong. This 5 qt pot is big enough to make at least 4 bags of lontong. Made of non stick material therefor cleaning is not a messy job. This pot also multi function. It can be used for making chili, soup, or stew.

How to serve lontong

Lontong is mostly eaten cold and served as companion of satay/sate, gado-gado (cooked vegetables salad), pecel, ketoprak, sambal goreng and rendang. It can be eaten with soupy dishes such as lontong sayur, soto, sayur lodeh, laksa, lontong kikil, lontong balap, etc.

Ketupat on Amazon - If you like to make ketupat palas (glutinous rice cube), it is available online

Easy way to make ketupat ketan/palas or glutinous rice cube. Follow the instruction in the box to get good result.

Ketupat on Amazon - Making ketupat in plastic bag

If parboiled rice is not available or you would like to get more traditional Asian rice taste, then you can get ketupat in plastic bags from Malaysia. This product is good replacement for American long grain boil in bags.

Asian cooking books on Amazon - You may like to learn about Malaysian dishes and recipes including how to make lontong and other dishes

This is a must for Asian food lovers especially Malaysia. Consist of authentic recipes such as roti canai, rendang, lontong, laksa, etc.

Thanks for your visit - Do you like lontong ? Share your experience here.

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      5 years ago

      bagi resepnya lontong donk

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      5 years ago

      bagi resepnya lontong donk

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      7 years ago

      I do read this as its in a different language but the photos are just great!

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      nophie lm 

      7 years ago

      Every i read or hear "lontong", I imagine Sate..... =)) Yummy

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      7 years ago

      my Mum cooked it:),so yummy....

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      7 years ago

      I learn something new every day.


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