Nasi Lemak Recipe

Nasi Lemak recipe or Malaysian sambal nasi lemak recipe can be considered the most famous Malaysian recipe. Nasi Lemak recipe showcases steamed rice with coconut cream which is then wrapped inside banana leaf with ikan bilis (small dried anchovies), roasted peanuts, sambal (hot spicy sauce), hard boiled egg and cucumber. The best nasi lemak in Malaysia is usually sold with other accompaniments such as curry chicken, spicy cuttlefish and beef rendang. There are many types of nasi lemak recipes in Malaysia but this easy nasi lemak recipe will allow you to easily cook the best Malaysian coconut milk steamed rice with sambal ikan bilis.

Nasi Lemak - Malaysian Recipes

Ingredients for nasi lemak recipe

  • coconut milk steamed rice
  • sambal ikan bilis
  • 1 thinly sliced cucumber for garnishing
  • 150 g crispy dried anchovies for garnishing
  • 100 g roasted peanuts for garnishing
  • 4 quartered hard boiled eggs for garnishing


Ingredients for coconut milk steamed rice recipe

  • 360 g rice
  • 580 ml water
  • 1 1/2 slice ginger
  • 2 1/2 finely chopped shallots
  • 11 teaspoons thick coconut milk
  • 3 screwpine leaves (pandan leaves), tied into knots
  • a pinch of sugar
  • a pinch of salt


How to cook coconut milk steamed rice

  • wash rice with running water
  • add rice, thick coconut milk and water into a pot
  • also put in the screwpine leaves (to give out a sweet perfumy aroma), ginger and shallots
  • add in a pinch of sugar and salt
  • bring water to boil
  • adjust to low temperature and simmer for ten minutes
  • use a wooden ladle to loosen rice grains
  • adjust temperature to the lowest
  • cover pot as per the resipi nasi lemak
  • steam rice for ten minutes
  • when rice is cooked, fluff rice with fork


Ingredients to make sambal ikan bilis recipe

  • 120 g dried anchovies (ikan bilis)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons tamarind pulp with 100 ml hot water (to get tamarind paste)
  • 110 ml vegetable oil
  • 1 sliced large-sized red onion
  • a pinch of sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 5 1/2 shallots
  • 1 1/2 sliced into rounds medium-sized onion
  • 5 tablespoons chili paste
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon shrimp paste (belacan)


How to cook sambal ikan bilis

  • put shrimp paste, garlic, chili paste, shallots and sliced round onions into a food blender
  • blend well to obtain ground paste
  • put vegetable oil into a wok
  • heat vegetable oil
  • put in the dried anchovies and fry until crispy
  • remove and drain the crispy anchovies on absorbent towels
  • leave only 2 tablespoons of the vegetable oil in the wok
  • put in the ground paste
  • saute the ground paste as per the nasi lemak recipe
  • put in sugar, tamarind paste, red onions and salt
  • cook until sambal ikan bilis gravy thickens
  • put in the crispy anchovies when making this sambal nasi lemak
  • mix well
  • remove and put sambal ikan bilis in a bowl


How to make nasi lemak

  • dish steamed coconut milk rice onto a banana leaf
  • put some sambal ikan bilis on top of the rice
  • add some crispy dried anchovies and roasted peanuts on top or to
  • the side of the coconut milk steamed rice
  • also add a quartered hard boiled egg and a few slices of cucumber next to the rice
  • serve the nasi lemak while the coconut milk steamed rice is still hot

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