Saturday, January 2, 2016

Nasi Minyak

Nasi Minyak or Orang Minyak? No, no, don't confuse yourself please. Though minyak is sincerely  oil. Oil in rice and oil in oil man. Did I confuse you further? I hope not. What I trying to say is, lemme repeat myself again, minyak is literally oil. So, Nasi Minyak is oil rice (Nasi Lemak & Nasi Kerabu). Sounds corny I know. Then again, that's how it is if I direct translate. Orang minyak by the way, albeit I really don't know much, I also really don't want him to bump into me, is the evil devilish man who go around molesting women. I believe so. Anyway lets forget about orang minyak because he is definitely not relevant to me sharing this Nasi Minyak recipe. Nasi Minyak is our local rice dish, another of our between the various types of rice dishes (Dhal/Lentil Rice, Nasi Dagang, Lemon Rice, & Cumin Rice), nasi minyak is made with ghee, you can also use butter if you like and then, of course the rest of the ingredients as listed below. 

You might as well also regard Nasi Minyak as ghee rice (Ghee Almond Rice & Ghee Rice) or beriyani (Beriyani Rice), because the ingredients are pretty much I reckon about more or less the same. Nevertheless, when nasi minyak is referred to by itself, its the use of our local herbs. All those, mind you my favourites. I think I have already spoken about my love for my garden grown herbs, some of them are faithfully mine, whereas others sometimes depart to heaven despite pouring aplenty tender, loving care. All in all, Nasi Minyak for me is a royal rice dish. We don't make it regularly, most of time its made during occasions.  Nevertheless, go ahead. I mean, make it anytime you like, I bet you will love me more once after you make, thereafter you tuck in. Nasi Minyak can be paired with various types of sides at your pleasure. Lemme me pin some, its you choice which you opt for (Mutton Devil Curry, Potato Green Peas Curry, Long Beans Prawn Coconut Gravy, Masala Tofu, Cauliflower Curry, Thai Style Fried Chicken, Indian Fish Achar, Keluak Nyonya Fish Curry, Mutton Rendang, Tofu Curry, Beans Tempeh Fried, Purple Cabbage Stir Fried, Prawn Devil Curry, Chilli Chicken, Mutton Kurma, Cucumber Yogurt & Crab Curry).
2 cups basmati rice - wash and drain off water
2 tbsp cashew nuts
2 tbsp black raisins
4 shallots - slice thinly
3 tbsp ghee or butter
1 tsp garlic paste
1 tsp ginger paste
1 red chilli – slice
1 green chilli – slice
1 lemongrass – smash
Spices – 2 cinnamon, 1 star anise, 3 bruised cardamom and 3 cloves
3 to 4 screwpine/pandan leaves – bundle up
1 tsp turmeric/kunyit powder
¼ tsp saffron strands – optional
2 cups carton milk
1 cup water
Salt to taste

Heat ghee and fry shallots till crispy
Remove and keep aside.
Do the same to the cashews. 
Then, quickly blister raisins in the same ghee.
Remove and keep aside.
In the same ghee/pan, saute spices, ginger paste, garlic paste, chillies and lemongrass.
Add rice, stir a couple of times and tip into the rice cooker.
Pour in milk and water and add turmeric powder, pandan leaves and salt.
Stir and cook, thereafter add saffron strands (optional) and fluff up rice.
Garnish with fried shallots, cashews and raisins.

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  1. This looks fabulous! I'll carry on with seasonal and local and sometimes the exotic thrown in for good measure.:) 2015 was good by way of travel. I got see parts of the country that I haven't been to before.
    Wish you all the best for the year ahead. I hope your mom's health improves.

  2. Great recipe and the Dish has been presented beautifully. Happy new year and have a prosperous one :)

  3. it is looking so delicious
    keep in touch

  4. it is looking so delicious
    keep in touch

  5. I am all for the simple homemade food. This fits the bill perfectly.
    Have a wonderful 2016!

  6. Looks so flavorful and delicious. Bookmarked. Wish you a very happy new year!

  7. Love the clear shot of the colourful rice, Nava! Happy 2016, babe! xoxo

  8. Happy new year dear!! Lovely dish. Simple and delicious. Love it :)

  9. Looks delicious!!
    Happy new year..

  10. I love this simple and effective dish.. i wish i cud have tried food made by you bt the distance.. damn!! ... Wishing u a happy & prosperous new year 2016 ♥

  11. Beautiful presentation Nava.. That's one simple yet aromatic dish. Love the combination of lemon grass and saffron.

  12. Simple yet elegant dish. Well done! :)

  13. it looks super yumm dear...very flavourful and aromatic....

  14. Flavorful dish has made my tummy growling at 11pm here. You blog fabulous as usual with trends. Keep rocking

  15. Rich flavored rice as if iam peeping into a palace kitchen. Love this dish. Would try this weekend itself

  16. saffron and lemon grass. such an amazing flavour combo..


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