Nasi Lemak Recipe // Fragrant Coconut Rice Recipe

Nasi Lemak recipe // Fragrant Coconut Rice Recipe

This recipe features an easy way to prepare a popular Malaysian dish–Nasi Lemak (pronounced: na-see le-muck)–coconut-flavoured rice, traditionally served with spicy shrimp or anchovy paste (sambal), fried anchovies, roasted peanuts, egg and cucumber slices. Fragrant coconut rice is also popular in Indonesian, Thai and Singaporean dishes. Coconut rice can be a rich substitute for plain rice when pairing with with curries.

Ingredients  (serves 4)

2 cups of jasmine rice / white long grain rice

1 cup of full cream coconut milk

Some water

Salt to taste

1 stick lemongrass (smashed)

 

Method

Place ingredients in rice cooker. Once cooked, leave rice to sit in pot for 8 – 10 minutes. Add salt to taste.

 

Condiments

Fried Egg / Boiled Egg

Cucumber slices to garnish

Toasted peanuts

Spicy sambal sauce—a chilli anchovy/shrimp paste—available at our marinades and sauces section in Simon’s deli, Chapel Hill

Make your own sambal

Using a mortar pound (or blender), pound fresh chillies (seed removed and thinly sliced), thinly sliced lemongrass (use the bottom three inches of the stalk), tumeric powder and fresh garlic. Heat up some canola oil in a wok or large pan, when the wok is moderately hot, add the sambal paste and stir until fragrant. Add sugar to taste.

 

 

Suggested side dishes

Chicken

Make your own

Spiced Fried Chicken

Marinade chicken drumsticks/chicken wings in turmeric, coriander, sea salt, shallots and garlic, then deep fry in canola oil until chicken turns a beautiful golden brown. Other cooking options include char-grilling or baking.

 

Ready made by Simon’s butchers

Satay kebab sticks (butcher)

Peri Peri Chicken Wings

 

 

Fish

Fish is a popular side dish in Malay/Indonesian cuisines such as ikan bakar (char-grilled fish) or ikan goreng (fried fish). Little seasoning is used to maintain the integrity of the fish. Simply brush a piece of mackarel or barramundi with canola oil, sea salt flakes and cracked pepper, wrap in a banana leaf or aluminium foil and grill.

Deep fried fish

Baked / grilled fish with lime juice, sea salt flakes, cracked pepper and thinly sliced fresh chillies (optional)

Tip: Use Harris Smokehouse mackerel, barramundi or cod fillets–all prepped and ready for cooking–available at our chilled seafood section in Simon’s delicatessen, Chapel Hill

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