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.

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

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

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

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

  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.

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

  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...

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

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

  9. wow!looks and taste very spicy.

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

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


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