Thursday, June 5, 2014

Nasi Ulam (Steamed Rice With Asian Herbs)

Nasi/rice is my world and the world of the half-half too. So says it  all - simply loved, simply the staple for Asians, nasi/rice recipes the biggest spill-over in this space and let me take you back to a few (curry leaf and cashew rice, nasi goreng tom yam, nasi pudina/mint rice and salmon pulao rice). For this nasi ulam, the herbs of course from my little tiny garden. Gardening similar to inventing recipes another truly therapeutic thing to reap the benefits of plucking the herbs for cooking. Simple it may sound but let me tell that gardening is in tandem with "TLC" (tender loving care) and just how you love your spouse, love your family and love your neighbours, you must love the herbs. Sow the seeds, prune, nourish with fertilizer and indeed, getting your hands dirty by pulling out the weeds. Also, don't forget watering whether you are at home or travelling. Gardener can be the answer for the heavy duty digging up the soil but its you who nature the herbs. 

While the herbs are thriving, as said, pruning is essential.The pruned herbs please don't throw away. Add and make this healthily loved nasi ulam. The ulam/herbs precisely sliced, tossed with steamed white rice and flaked fried fish, eaten with fiery oomph sambal belacan,  

3 cups steamed white rice
3 sardine/mackerel fish - rub salt over, fry and flaked with all bones removed.

One handful of pegaga/Indian pennywort
3-4 kacang botol (winged beans)
1 lemongrass
1 bunga kantan/ginger torch bud
1 daun kunyit/turmeric leaf
One handful of Thai basil leaves
2-3 sprigs spring onions
4 shallots
Salt (if needed)
** All shredded/sliced thinly   

Add all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
Season with salt (if needed).
Toss together and serve with sambal belacan

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  1. YUM!!! This sounds like such a fragrant and delicious dish - and so wonderful that most of the herbs came from your garden!

  2. i also love to cook with herbs, this is one flavorful herb rice dish.

  3. i just loved all the herbs used... yummy flavorful dish......looks very inviting...

  4. Ive never seen varieties in herbs so much in India!! Gud u grow them in ur own garden and that must be giving u ultimate pleasure while cooking as well :)

  5. I did your pictures on FB. Quite a collection there and I like the fact that you use a lot of herbs mixed together. The dishes must be so fragrant! This one looks YUM!

  6. Planting herbs and plucking them is such a good feeling, I can understand as my mum has planted corriander , mint, curry leaves a d some other herbs in out garden
    The dish looks yummy, love rice
    Keep in touch

  7. Wow so many herbs.. That too from ur garden... It's amazing.. In India used to grow many plants, here not really... Can feel the flavor of rice... Btw, if you gave provided tamil name fir the plants, would be more helpful...

  8. Dish looks very delicious, flavorful and healthy too :)

  9. Flavorful rice. yummy nd delicious...

  10. wow, you still pound your chilli! Seldom see people doing it this way. =)

  11. looks yummy. i love rice :D

  12. I LOVE growing my own herbs too. That way I don't have to worry about going to the shops everyday and as you mentioned, it's a different experience when you flavour food with herbs from your own garden.
    I am sure the dish tastes amazing because it is packed with fresh and herby-flavours. Looks lovely too!

  13. I want that rice so bad, such a flavorful rice dish ,I love all the herbs from your garden !

  14. I am just loving it very nice.. well played with spices.. and flavourful. liked the presentation and the pix. A different blog altogether to read and experience.... do try to visit my place when time permits love to have your feedback dear.following u glad if u follow me back.. Have a good day.. Happy Blogging
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  15. This looks super delicious and healthy ;)
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  16. gardening can be tiring but also can be rewarding

  17. The dish is new to me, but it looks quite flavourful :) Lovely click too :)


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