Sunday, October 28, 2012

Nasi Lemak (Coconut Rice) With Prawn Sambal (Sauce)

Nasi lemak has to be the all time favorite Malaysian dish. A basic-simple nasi lemak consists of the rice cooked with coconut milk, plain chilli sambal/gravy, cucumber, fried/boiled egg(s), fried peanuts and anchovies. For an elaborated version, you can add other extras like  ayam goreng berempah, chicken rendang or beef rendang. 

As always, I love nasi lemak from Malay hawker stalls. Its the sambal that I love - spicy, tangy and yum!! Without those flavours, nasi lemak will never taste the same. I on the other hand seldom make nasi lemak because for the two of us, eating out or packing back saves time. Of course I agree that once a while its nice to make.  

Its quite straightforward to make the coconut rice - wash rice and tip in rice cooker with coconut milk (either thick or thin). Throw in a couple of pandan leaves, ginger slices and season with salt. Stir, cook and fluff up after cooking. For the stir fried kangkung --- cut off roots, slit the stems into two, slice and stir fry with oil, garlic and salt.   

Another extra dish you can make is this prawn sambal - cooked with Asian herbs and chillies for the ever loved spiciness.

400g medium size prawns - de-vein and leave the tail on
1 piece of turmeric leaf/daun kunyit - sliced thinly
4-5 tbsp oil
salt to taste
1 tbsp lime juice

Chili Paste - To blend/ground
8-10 fresh red chilies
2-3 birds eye/chili padi (optional)
5 shallots
1/2 inch ginger
1 inch galangal/lengkuas
1 serai
Heat oil and fry chili paste till aromatic and oil splits.
Add prawns and stir.
(note: pour water only if you prefer more gravy).
When prawns are cooked, add lime juice, turmeric leaf and salt to taste.
Give a good stir and remove from heat.
Serve with coconut rice, stir fried kangkung/water spinach and the rest of the condiments.
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  1. Looks delicious!!! not easy to cook coconut rice. The coconut need to be fresh

  2. Your coconut rice is really winning my heart. The whole dish in itself with sambal prawns and boiled eggs looks so appetizing. And I see that you made the sambal from scratch. I would try once my bottle of sambal olek is done.

    How did you cut the eggs in half with their shells?

  3. Hi Bal,
    Use a sharp knife and cut through the eggs. Thats what I did.

  4. OH!! look greats!! really look so delicious, im gonna bookmark this entry link in that way if someday i want to cook nasi lemak, will follow ms.nava recipe :D

  5. I love nasi lemak. This should be Malaysia National Dish. =)

  6. one of my favorite is the prawn sambal..
    My MIL use the dried prawn + the fresh prawns..

  7. I simply love the exotic combination of flavours in this dish my friend :D


  8. This looks great. I really want to try coconut rice.

  9. Like you, I normally buy nasi lemak outside since its quite tough to cook for 2 unless I were to make it into our breakfast, lunch and dinner. However, I am quite keen to try my hand on fine long weekend I shall do so.

  10. same like missyburkit. Usually i tapau from outside rather than cook coz only 2 person eating

  11. Great clicks! I want to dive right in. :)

  12. This looks mouth watering, I will try cooking prawns like this next week.

  13. This is an absolute favourite of mine... looks so lovely yours


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