Jul 16, 2011

Nasi Lemak - Malaysian National Dish

Nasi Lemak
 Hai Friends..Hope you are enjoying ur weekends... Blogging marathon Season 7 had started and I am going to do “Regional Special” for this week...And the place which I have been selected for this time is “Malaysia-Truly Asia”...I am going to do the typical malay dishes all over this week..So keep on checking ..I am going to start this blogging marathon with a bang by making the Malaysian National Dish-Nasi Lemak...This dish contains a mild coconut flavoured rice served with a spicy sambal..Usually they add dried shrimp in sambal and the sambal they make will be very fishy..I made my sambal entirely vegetarian,so all my vegetarian friends can enjoy too...This is a pretty easy recipe to make and also very comforting..


For Coconut Flavoured Rice:
Basmati rice-1 cup
Pandan Leaf / Brinji ilai / screwpine leaves-3
Coconut Milk-1 cup
Water-2 cup
Salt to taste

For Sambal:
Shallots/Sambar onion-4
Dry red chilli-10 Soaked
Ginger-1 inch piece
Garlic-6 cloves
Salt to taste
Sugar-to taste
Lemon juice-1 tblspn
Oil-2 tblspn

For garnishing:
Hard Boiled Eggs


Soak rice for 1 hour.Strain and keep aside.

Take coconut milk,water,pandan leaf,salt in a sauce pan and add in the rice.let it come to a boil.Reduce the flame and cook till till the rice absorbes all water for about 20 min...

Take shallots,red chilli,ginger,garlic  in a mixer and make it into a fine paste.

Heat 2 tblspn of oil in a kadai and add the paste in this..Cook till oil separates…Season with salt and sugar..Add in some lemon juice and set aside.

Take a plate and add a pile of the coconut flavoured rice and spoon some sambal on the side.garnish with eggs,cucumber and peanuts.

Serve hot..


grab your ingrediants for rice

cook rice in coocnut milk by adding some pandan leaves,salt and sugar

grab ur ingrediants for sambal

make a paste out of shallots,garlic,ginger,red chilli paste

cook it in oil

season with salt and sugar

squeeze in lemon juice

till oil separates


Assemble and enjoy...


  1. I love Nasi Lemak and have the vegetarian version like u made[but without the egg].Am drooling at the pics. So Yum!!

  2. Isn't a total of 3 cups of liquid (2 water, 1 coconut milk) too much for only a cup of rice. I certainly would think so.

  3. Wow, a trip to Malaysia!! I'm all ears and eyes for this culinary trip...great going :)

  4. You cook your nasi lemak to perfection...love the vegetarian sambal:)

  5. Nasi lemak was one of the dishes that i had survived on when i was there for a vacation in Malaysia! this is a wonderful combo and the flavor of the pandan gives the distinct taste for the rice. the bland rice with the spicy sambal and the crisp of the peanuts and the cucumber made a great set !! We don't get pandan here..!! :( a wonderful recipe.. and good illustration :)

  6. Hey Aarthi,
    Thanks for your lovely inspiring comment. I am also following someone for the first time, that's u :-)
    Btw, nice start for the BM, the picture is so cool on the banana leaf.Planning to make the rice tomorrow.


  7. Aarthi you simply rock!..great to know you are trying out a new cuisine....glad to you have you run with us..

  8. Dish looks great... Looking forward to many more Malaysian recipes..

  9. This looks delectable for my breakfast tomorrow!

  10. I can see lot of places where the sambal can be used! thats quite interesting!

  11. I like it very much. It´s a very compleet dish.

  12. Hola!! Gracias por pasarte por mi blog y por tu maravilloso comentario, me has ofrecido la posibilidad de conocer tu estupendo blog y las maravillosas recetas que he visto.
    Un abrazo
    des de la cuina de l'hort

  13. Wow..Hats off to you dear..Its truly irresistible and the sambal looks so good.

    I love Nasi Lemak so much,These is the best breakfast ever were we bought for less than 50pence in back home(Malaysia) and I never failed to make Nasi Lemak at least once a month;)

    Please do visit my space at http://kavisaromaticworld.blogspot.com/

  14. Good morning Aarthi,
    your sambal look delicous!

  15. Malaysian special is going to be totally new .. looks good Aarthi.

    Event: Fast food not Fat food

  16. I love the spice paste that goes into this.

  17. Hey nice theme for the Blogging Marathon. Nasi Lemak looks sooo easy to prepare. Waiting for other recipes too :-)

    In T.Nagar Chennai, there is a Malaysian restaurant called "Nasi Kandar Pelita" which is famous for Nasi Lemak and other malaysian dishes. Just for info :-)

  18. Nasi Lemak is one great dish. I had it often when I was in Malaysia last April...so wonderfully delicous. Thanks for your simple version.


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