Thursday, June 10, 2010

Nasi Lemak (Coconut rice)



That's a complete cholesterol laden, heavy meal for you! Yes, rice cooked with rich coconut milk, chicken cooked in spicy chilli paste, fried omelette, fried peanuts, fried wanton, slices of cucumber and lettuce! Now that's quite a handful to type out! Lolz.

Nasi Lemak is a Malay one dish meal and has a distinctive rich aroma, from the coconut milk and screwpine leaves. It literally means Rich Rice! There are many variations of nasi lemak and different varieties of side dishes for it out there but this is the way I serve it, occasionally :D


The coconut rice is pretty straight forward, cook as per normal with coconut milk instead of water! I normally dilute the coconut milk so that the rice doesn't turn out tooo rich! Add juice of screwpine leaves for flavour and color and some salt to taste. I'm sure you can figure out how to make the omelette :P

I added fried chicken to my chilli paste, some people serve it plain or with prawns, boiled quail eggs or even fish.

Here's how the chilli paste is done, you will need:

A handful of dried/fresh red chillies, depending on how spicy you want it.

2 large onions

12 cloves of garlic

½ cup of cooking oil

1 tblsp dried anchovies

1 large tomato, finely chopped+ 3/4 cup of water

1 stalk lemon grass, crushed

Salt and sugar to taste

1. Blend chillies, onions, anchovies and garlic into fine paste and set it aside.

2. Heat up the frying pan, add in the oil and fry the blended paste and lemon grass. Stir-fry until fragrant or until you see oil floating to the top. It will take about 10-13 min.

4. Add in the tomatoes and continue to stir-fry until the liquid evaporated. Add in sugar and salt to taste.