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Nasi Kerabu Biru Kelantan

Up next after Nasi Bunga Telang Serai/Blue Pea Lemongrass Rice? Do I have to really say? Its obvious right? Another blue rice. Not any other, but Kelantan calling. Nasi Kerabu Biru Kelantan. The blueish blushing and brimming delightfully rice dish. Moreover, must I blow my own trumpet by mentioning that I quite know it to Kelantanese dishes (Laksam Kelantan) or even our Malay cuisine on the whole (Nasi UlamNasi DagangKerabu Taugeh, Asam Pedas Ikan, Nasi Lemak Sambal Udang & Sayur Lodeh) and my Malay cooking list can go on and on for a matter of fact? But the other fact is that I have never stepped into Kelantan before, though I have much tummy and mouth explored Nasi Kerabu from where I am. Easily available and you should try the ones sold in night markets as well. Oh, plus, do I have repeat myself again and again? Like I have already told you many times, rice being my bestie (Burmese Biryani, Hyderabadi Biryani & Vegetable Biryani)? 

Where did I pick up cooking all those rice dishes? On my own. Like the say, practice makes perfect. Also, listening to friends, of course we shouldn't discount cooking programs and shall we speak about online cooking research? Everything mind you started in slow steps and I must thank this space of mine which actually motivated me to learning new dishes (Nasi Pudina & Nasi Kunyit). What about the recipe for this Nasi Kerabu Biru Kelantan? Plucked from the air. Seriously. I coined my own. Yessss! Believe me you. Herbs/ulam from my small garden and the rest is me making my own cooking history to Nasi Kerabu Biru Kelantan. Nasi Kerabu Biru Kelantan? Speaks for itself. Wholesomeness, delighfulness and showcasing our Malaysian Malay cultural heritage to eating and putting a broad smile on our faces. 

For rice
3 cups warm cooked white rice
1/2 cup bunga telang/pea flower extract (see nasi bunga telang)
Salt for taste
Pour extract into rice and gently stir with a chopstick.
Keep aside. 
(Note: don't stir too much because you want some grains to be white and the rest blue for the contrast of colours)
Herbs from nava k's garden (as needed) - all sliced thinly/shredded
Coriander leaf
Daun kaduk/betel leaf
Turmeric/kunyit leaf
Limau purut/kaffir lime leaves
Toss these herbs alongside rice just before serving.

For kelapa udang kering kerisik/coconut dried prawn flakes
1/4 cup dried prawns - soaked and rinsed
1/4 cup fresh grated coconut
1/2 tsp turmeric/kunyit powder
Chilli flakes - as needed
Palm sugar - as needed
Salt - as needed
2 tbsp oil

Light pound coconut and dried prawns.
Fry with the rest of ingredient in oil till flaky and crispy.
Dish out.

For kunyit/turmeric sambal fish (Ikan Goreng Kunyit)
2 pcs of bawal putih/white pompret (or any suitable type, preferably local catch) - score on both sides
1 tsp ginger paste
1 tsp garlic paste
1 tbsp dried chilli paste
1 turmeric leaf - shredded/sliced
2 tsp corn flour
1 tsp rice flour
Salt for taste

Marinate fish with the ingredients. 
Keep in the fridge until frying time or for an hour.
Deep fry and dish out.

For budu ikan bilis/anchovies sambal
1/2 cup bilis - soaked, rinsed and crispy fried
1 red chilli - sliced
1 green chilli - sliced
3 shallots - sliced
Budu - as needed
Palm sugar - as needed
Calamansi lime/limau kasturi - as needed
(Note: no need for salt because budu is salty enough)

Pound bilis, chilli and shallots
Season with budu, sugar and calamansi lime.
Keep aside.

To Serve
Scoop rice onto a serving plate and surround with the condiments, plus add fried salted fish, salted egg and calamansi lime for the flakes/kerisik.


  1. very nice nava, i was so fascinated with the fresh herbs you used <3 yummy

  2. What a lovely herb garden you have there Nava, Loved it :) This dish definitely looks great :)

  3. This is so new to me, but looks so delicious. Lovely share! :)

  4. i love eating on leaf , it feel like i am connected to my culture
    rice looks yum

  5. Wow ! yummy non-veg ( sea food ) platter , appealing clicks .

  6. Wiw! Your herbs garden is amazi. Have bunga kantan?

    Can imagine the lovely fragrance in your rice

  7. Sounds so interesting! And what lovely herbs you have!

  8. Delicious platter dear..... Well done with beautiful herbs..... :)

  9. I wish I cud eat what u cooked here.. so elaborate yet tasty.. loved the recipe & the presentation

  10. I just love your herb garden... MaShaAllah so nice! The shrimp paste looks so similar to what we serve with rice porridge... :)

  11. I love anchovies, dear! Gosh, didn't know you've green hands! I'm even more impressed now! xoxo

  12. You have a gorgeous garden. Your nasi kerabu looks very delicious and flavourful.

  13. WOW! Your dishes are always so new to me, interesting, yummy and so beautiful!

  14. WOW! Your dishes are always so new to me, interesting, yummy and so beautiful!

  15. never tried before,normally have nasi dagang only.

  16. omg! what a lovely platter...I couldn't imagine how flavourful the rice would be with those herbs fresh from your garden!!! Drooling here & wish to taste the herbal rice with that spicy sambal,,,Thanks dear...

  17. My mouth's watering looking at the pictures. How wonderful that you're using fresh home-grown herbs. Would love to use the butterfly pea the way you have done. I have a small plant that is yet to bloom...

  18. Loved you herb garden...I drool over your unique dishes that are new to me and definitely would love to try a few..bookmarked!!...I can just savour the patter as it is ...everything on the plate is my type to satisfy my tastebuds!!

  19. wow!you have a lovely herbs garden.This platter looks so delicious.It is nice to see pea flowers in a recipe.Actually we only grow these flowers for beauty in Sri Lanka....

  20. your nasi kerabu a bit running out of the concept. but still looking good on it. Actually you may put daun kesung into your nasi kerabu will smell better. :)

  21. Nava, Loved this scrumptious meal. Plating is appetizing and i can see a thai and chinese touch to the food.


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