Nasi Lemak Recipe


Culinary Explorer
Check out this classic Malaysian dish - Nasi Lemak! It's a fragrant coconut rice served with a spicy chili paste (sambal) and a variety of delicious accompaniments. Perfect for anyone looking to add some exotic flavors to their dinner table! 🍚🌶️ Please try it and let me know if you guys like it!

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  • 2 cups jasmine rice
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 pandan leaf (optional)
  • Salt to taste

For the Sambal (Spicy Chili Paste):
  • 10 dried red chilies, soaked in hot water and deseeded
  • 3 shallots
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon dried shrimp, soaked in hot water (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons tamarind pulp, soaked in 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons palm sugar or brown sugar
  • Salt to taste

For the Accompaniments:
  • Hard-boiled eggs, halved
  • Cucumber slices
  • Fried anchovies (ikan bilis)
  • Fried peanuts
  • Sliced fresh tomatoes
  • Sliced fresh cucumbers
  • Fried chicken or fish (optional)

  1. Rinse the jasmine rice until the water runs clear, then drain well.
  2. In a rice cooker or pot, combine the rinsed rice, coconut milk, water, pandan leaf (if using), and a pinch of salt. Cook the rice according to your rice cooker's instructions or bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer until the rice is cooked and fluffy.
  3. While the rice is cooking, prepare the sambal. In a blender or food processor, blend the soaked and deseeded dried red chilies, shallots, garlic, and soaked dried shrimp until smooth.
  4. Heat some oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the blended chili mixture and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant and the oil starts to separate, about 10-15 minutes.
  5. Stir in the tamarind water, palm sugar, and salt to taste. Continue to cook until the sambal thickens slightly. Adjust seasoning if needed, then set aside.
  6. Once the rice is cooked, fluff it with a fork and remove the pandan leaf if used.
  7. Serve the nasi lemak with the sambal, hard-boiled eggs, cucumber slices, fried anchovies, fried peanuts, sliced fresh tomatoes, sliced fresh cucumbers, and fried chicken or fish if desired.
  8. Enjoy your homemade nasi lemak, a taste of Malaysia's rich culinary heritage!
Thanks for posting the Nasi Lemak recipe! It's such a classic dish with a wonderful mix of textures and flavors. I'm curious, have you ever tried making it with extra toppings like fried tofu or tempeh?