Sunday, August 14, 2011

Nasi Lemak


Nasi Lemak??? Yes. Yes. The number one fav Malaysian food. Much loved any time of the day - breakfast, lunch, tea time, dinner and lets not forget how we craze for it after clubbing/pubbing. The nasi or rice is made with coconut milk and scented with pandan/screwpine leaves. Some do add ginger too.  I on the other hand blended the leaves with coconut milk and cooked the rice with it. .

As for the condiments/sides, there's plenty including sambal/chilli gravy, boiled/fried eggs), fried anchovies/ikan bilis, fried peanuts and cucumber slices etc etc.
The sambal I paired the rice with - "Sotong/Squids in Kaffir Lime Leaves Sambal".
To top up, dried prawns chilli flakes or "Gun Powder" and a  simple Chinese cabbage and green capsicum salad.

Ingredients
For the Rice:
2 cups rice
10 pandan/screwpine leaves
1 1/2 cups thick coconut milk
1 1/2 water 
4 cloves (optional but perhaps you would like add)
Salt for taste

For Dried Prawns Chilli Flakes:
1 cup dried prawns - soaked in water for about 15 mins and drained
Chilli flakes/powder dried red chillies - as per taste
3 tbsp oil

For Salad:
1/2 green capsicum - sliced thinly
6 leaves of Chinese cabbage - sliced
2 tbsp olive oil
1 stalk coriander leaf - sliced
Salt for taste

Method:
For the rice
Blend pandan/screw pine leaves with coconut milk.
Strain and pour in the rice cooker.
Add rice, water (as needed), cloves and a pinch of salt.
Let it cook and fluff up.
For Dried Prawns Chilly Flakes:
Dry blend/process/pound prawns to powder them. 
Heat oil, fry prawns and chilly flakes together.
Stir and fry till crispy. 
Remove from heat.
For the Salad:
Blanch capsicum and cabbage to soften.
Combine with olive oil, sliced coriander leaves and salt.
Serve rice with the sambal and condiments.
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12 comments:

  1. A wondrous blend of ingredients I a sure this is delicious

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  2. This looks really amazing, is there a substitute for pandaan leaves?

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  3. This sounds really tasty Nava! Love the presentation too =)

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  4. Thanks for all the lovely comments everyone.
    Rinku - well, we normally must have the pandan but if you can't find it, suppose it should be ok.

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  5. aiyayayaya....was thinking of eating this. Tmw morning have to go find nasi lemak liao

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  6. Nava - this is a beautiful dish that looks SO amazing! I love that it's one of those you can have any time. Americans have definite breakfast, lunch and dinner foods...

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  7. I like that green touch of colour to the rice, it give this dish more life and colour

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  8. thanks for all the comments, we simply love and enjoy Nasi Lemak. one of the must food for us.

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  9. wow!looks and taste very spicy.

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  10. hmm....yum yum love it.Malaysians favorite breakfast!

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  11. Thanks Cindy and Thomas, how not to drool over the fav among Malaysians.

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