Nasi Lemak Recipe (Coconut Milk Rice)
Malaysian food is in and rice will always be a part of the ‘staple foods’. This delicious Malaysian rice when cooked will produce such sweet aroma that will surely refresh the kitchen ambiance. With rice as one of the oldest cereal grains, it is always available in the nearest markets and easier to cook. Not only that, it can also be paired with any sea foods or meat! Try this nasi lemak recipe now.
Video and Recipe Courtesy of Huang Kitchen
Coconut Milk Rice
1 kg rice preferably basmati rice, 5 1/2 cups
6 cups water
200 ml Thick coconut milk 1 coconut
3 pandan leaves/screwpine leaves knotted and slightly bruised
2 stick lemongrass crushed
1 ginger crushed
1 tsp sugar to taste
2 tsp salt to taste
Sambal Ikan Bilis (Chilli Anchovies)
3 cups ikan bilis (dried anchovies)
1 cup oil
3 clove garlic
30 dried chillies or 150ml chilli paste
3 tsp belacan (prawn paste)
1 tsp salt
3 tbsp sugar
3 red onions cut into rings
1 tamarind pulp 3 ping pong size
3 cups water soaked tamarind pulp
6 eggs hard boiled, cut into halves
1 cucumber cut into slices
2 cups Peanuts
First rinse the rice and drained.
Place the drained rice in a rice cooker.
Pour 50ml (1/4) of the thick coconut milk into a measuring cup.
Then dilute with some water.
Add in salt and sugar and stir to mix.
Pour the coconut milk mixture into the drained rice in the rice cooker.
Add in additional water to make sure the volume of the watery coconut milk is the same as the rice in volume. (Altogether is about 6 cups).
Lastly add in crushed ginger, lemongrass and screw pine leaves.
Switch on the rice cooker and cook the rice.
When the rice reaches warming stage, add the balance (150ml) of the thick coconut milk.
Stir the rice. Close the lid and continue cooking until done.
Fluff up the rice and serve it hot.
Then prepare to cook the sambal by having ready the ingredients needed.
Blend soaked and deseeded dried chillies to chilli paste and put aside.
Next, blend together shallots and garlic and set aside for later use.
Rinse the dried anchovies in cold water and leave to dry thoroughly.
Heat some oil in wok until almost smoking and fry the anchovies over low heat until they turn light brown and crisps. Strain and set aside.
Put aside a portion of the fried anchovies as a side dish to serve with the nasi lemak.
Slice the onions into rings.
Soak the tamarind pulp in water for 15 minutes. Squeeze the tamarind to extract the flavour into the water. Using a strainer, drain the pulp and keep the tamarind juice.
To fry the sambal, first heat some oil in wok. Add in the prawn paste and fry until it releases its flavour.
Then add in chilli and spice paste and fry until fragrant.
Add in the onion rings followed by the fried dried anchovies and stir well.
Then add in the tamarind juice.
Next, season with salt and sugar.
Simmer over low heat until gravy thickens and we’re done!
Set aside to be served at room temperature alongside the steamed coconut milk rice.
Rinse the raw peanuts and drain the water.
Heat a clean wok until it begins to smoke. Put raw peanuts (and salt/ optional) in to fry. Lower the heat and stir fry constantly for 5 minutes.
Add in a drop or two of vegetable oil and continue to fry with a quick to and fro motion until they begin to turn brown and coated with the oil.
Remove and set aside to be served with the nasi lemak.
To make the perfect hard boiled eggs, first pour water into a pot. Add the eggs. Then switch on the flame. At boiling point, cover the pot and switch off the flame and let cook for another 15 minutes. To keep the yolk in the centre for better presentation, stir the pot occasionally when the egg is cooking.
Remove the egg shells when they are still warm. Using a sharp knife, slice the eggs in halves when they have cooled to ensure that the yolks are sliced smoothly. Then set aside to serve with the hot coconut milk rice.
For cucumber, try to use the local variety. Cut off both ends and peel the cucumber. Then slice into thick slices. There is no need to remove the seeds.
And we’re done! Dish up the hot coconut milk rice on a plate and serve alongside with all the others. Enjoy!
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