Heavenly Nasi Lemak

Welcome to the SG50 Heavenly Nasi Lemak recipe. Nasi Lemak, a rice dish cooked in coconut milk that’s traditionally served with a variety of side dishes, is commonly found in food centres and well-known to almost every household in Singapore. Today, we put a twist on the traditional recipe so you know it’s possible to savor it in a healthier way.

  1. 3 cups of brown rice (washed and drained)
  2. 4 pandan leaves
  3. 4½ cups coconut milk
  4. 1 tbsp salt (or quantity as preferred)
  5. 3 – 4 slices of ginger
  6. 4 lemon grass (bruised)
  7. 1 cup dried ikan bilis
  8. 1 big onion slices cut into rings
  9. ½ cup tamarind juice
  10. Salt and sugar to taste
  11. ½ – ¾ cup of oil for frying
  12. 1¾ cup of instant chili paste
  13. 1 bowl of peanuts
  1. Put 3 cups of brown rice into the rice pot.
  2. Place a few pandan leaves and slices of ginger into the rice.
  3. Add coconut milk and a teaspoon of salt into the rice, stir thoroughly.
  4. Cover the pot with alumunium foil and close the lid to cook.
  5. Stir the rice when cooked and now it’s ready to serve.
  6. Pour in spoonfuls of oil onto heated pan.
  7. Place the peanuts into heated oil and roast till peanuts are slightly darkened in color.
  8. Heat oil and fry instant chilli paste until the oil is separated.
  9. Add in tamarind juice, onions, bruised lemon grass stems.
  10. Bring to a low simmer before adding in ikan bilis.
  11. Simmer until cooked.

Serve the rice with a spoonful of peanuts and the chili paste on the side, accompanied by fresh cucumber slices and half of a hard-boiled egg onto a clean banana leaf on top of the plate if you’d prefer an even more traditional and authentic touch to it. Now you’re ready to serve it to your drooling family. We hope you’d enjoy this recipe like we did!

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