Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak is a national dish ,a national heritage of Malaysia- normally eaten for breakfast and sold early in the morning at roadside stalls in Malaysia, where it is often packed in newspaper, brown paper or banana leaf.The rice is soaked in coconut cream and then the mixture steamed with knotted screw pine (pandan) leaves are thrown into the rice while steaming to give it more fragrance.Traditionally, this comes as a platter with cucumber slices, small dried anchovies (ikan bilis), roasted peanuts, stir fried water convolvulus (kangkong), hard boiled egg, fried eggs, fried fish,pickled vegetables (achar) and hot spicy sauce (sambal). Nasi lemak can also come with any other accompaniments such as chicken, cuttlefish, cockle, beef curry and these are spicy in nature.

For the rice:
2 cups coconut milk
2 cups water
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 (1/2 inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
salt to taste
knotted screwpine (pandan) leaves
2 cups long grain rice, rinsed and drained

Preparation Method:
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, stir together coconut milk, water, ground ginger, ginger root, salt, knotted screwpine (pandan) leaves and rice. Transfer to rice cooker.

To prepare the Ikan Bilis Sambal please refer to:

Accompaniments for Nasi Lemak:

1.Grilled Chicken Masala

Serving Size: 6

6 chicken drumsticks

Grind paste:
5 shallots
3 garlic cloves
a small ginger
1tbsp chillie powder
1tsp garam masala
1tsp chicken masala powder
1/2tsp turmeric powder
1tsp fennel seeds
2tbsp crushed tomatoes
salt and pepper
2tbsp olive oil

Preparation Methods;
Grind all the ingredients for the paste into a fine paste and marinate the chicken drumstick overnight in the fridge. Grilled the chicken for 350° C for 40 minutes or until golden brown.

2. Fried egg
1 fresh egg
3/4tbsp butter
salt and pepper to taste

reparation Methods:
Place a small non-stick frying pan over the lowest possible heat on your stove. Add the butter and let it melt slowly. then crack the egg into a small bowl and gently slide off the bowl into the frying pan -cover with a lid.Cook for 10 minutes. Flip over if you or else slide the cooked egg onto the serving platter sprinkle with fresh cracked pepper and salt.

3.Ikan Bilis Sambal
To prepare the Ikan Bilis Sambal please refer to:

4. Mutton Fry in Pepper Sauce

Well thought of giving my hubby a special treat today by preparing his favorite mutton dish as accompaniment to Nasi Lemak.

Ingredients Grind to paste:
5 shallots
3 garlic cloves
1 small ginger
1tsp fennel seeds
2 curry leaves
a little salt

Grind all the ingredients into a fine paste and keep aside.

1/2 lb mutton cubes
1 large onion chopped
4tbsp pepper powder
2tbsp fresh curd
1tsp dark soy sauce
1 bay leave
1 small cinnamon stick
3 cardamom pods
3 cloves
1tsp mustard seeds
1 cumin seeds
3 curry leaves
5 shallot
1 capsicum diced
1 tomato diced

Preparation Methods:
Coat a pressure pan with 1tbsp ghee and add the mutton cubes,grind paste,salt and curd. Pressure cook to about 5 whistle.Keep aside.Heat a wok with 2tbsp oil and saute whole spice, curry leaves and chopped onion until tender. Meanwhile in another bowl add the diced shallots,capsicums,tomatoes and 1tsp pepper powder with 1tsp of olive oil. Micro-wave on high for 3 minutes and keep aside. Add the mutton cubes and the remaining pepper powder and dark soy sauce to the wok. Once the mutton is well coated in the spice mixture- add the micro waved ingredients and saute well. Adjust level of salt and pepper.Remove from flame and serve hot.

5.Stir-fried Pak Choy:

Please refer to the for link for the recipe:


Shanavi said…
Hi saras, AM looking for the nethili Sambal recipe, I tried the link u've given, but I couldn't see anything apart from the picture..Can u please give me the recipe ??