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Monday, September 9, 2013

Pandan Nasi Lemak

Who can resist Nasi Lemak?  I think many people can't but the main constraint to enjoy a plate of aromatic Nasi Lemak could be the coconut milk.  Anyway, once in awhile it's okay to forget about that ingredient.  Because of this negative factor, I for one will choose the best Nasi Lemak to eat.
With the LTU's September theme 'Pandan', it give me the boost to cook this Pandan Nasi Lemak again for the family.  The pandan not only enhance the flavour and aroma, it also adds a little colour for a change to the coconut rice.  The rice will have a darker colour tone after awhile.
I served the Pandan Nasi Lemak with a wide choice of condiments - Sambal Dried Prawns [given by a neighbour],  Egg Curry [see this post], spicy chilli paste [see this post for recipe], crispy chilli anchovies with peanuts [see recipe here] .......etc and of course the sambal belacan to suit your own taste.  A stir fried lady's finger is also added  to compliment these dishes.  There is always a never ending range of dishes that goes well with Nasi Lemak.
[recipe adapted from Amy Beh's Cookbook No.3]
450 gm [3 cups] long grain rice - washed and drained
2 tbsp oil
10 blades screwpine leaves [pandan leaves] - blended with 100 ml water, strain to obtain 150ml pandan juice
450 ml water
100 ml coconut milk + 1 tsp salt
2 cloves garlic with skin - lightly smashed
3 shallots - peeled and halved
2 cm knob ginger - lightly smashed
2 stalks lemongrass - smashed
2.5 cm cinnamon stick
1 star anise
3 cloves
3 pods cardamon
  1. Heat oil in wok to fry spice ingredients until aromatic.  Add in the rice.
  2. Stir to mix.  Transfer to rice cooker or steaming tray [if steaming the rice].
  3. Add in pandan juice, remaining water and 1/2 portion of coconut milk. 
  4. Cook until rice is done.
  5. Add in remaining coconut milk and fork the rice well.
  6. Serve hot with any curry dish.
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Wani said...

hi kimmy...i haven't eaten nasi lemak fo a long time .. make me drooling ..but egg curry is the best accompaniment... :)

kitchen flavours said...

Hi Kimmy,
Wow, I can almost smell the fragrance of your Nasi Lemak! Two plates of rice, please!
Thank you for sharing with CYB!

Kimmy said...

Hi Wani, we love nasi lemak and will only go for the best.

Kimmy said...

Hi Joyce, that's exactly the portion we took and still felt it isn't enough, hehehe!

ivy sew said...

Kimmy, your nasi lemak alrady makes me drooling and hungry...

Phong Hong said...

Kimmy, your nasi lemak must be so fragrant and very tasty! Two plates for me with all your side dishes is not a problem hah! hah!

Kimmy said...

Hi Ivy, pandan juice does make a difference. The aroma is quite irresistible while it is cooking.

Kimmy said...

Hi Phong Hong, I would mind preparing it again, hmmmm. Must cook more.

joceline lyn said...

This meal must fully pandan aroma ~ Yummy !

Thanks for sharing & link.

Lite Home Bake said...

Kimmy, oh no i shouldn't have hopped over at this hour, your nasi lemak is making me hungry :) With so many side dishes to go with it, this is lavish nasi lemak!

Jasline @ Foodie Baker said...

Hi Kimmy, I have eaten pandan rice once and I love it, it's really delicious! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

Zoe said...

Hi Kimmy,

Your pandan nasi lemak sounds and smells wonderful!... drooling... Oops!


Kimmy said...

Hi Joceline, the colour on the rice did raise some questions when serve.

Kimmy said...

Hi Zoe, it is wonderful and we love it very much.

Kimmy said...

Hi Lite Home Bake, when comes to Nasi Lemak, I always try to have the best cos' we seldom eat it. My hubby loves it with sambal belacan, cucumber and eating it with his fingers.....

Kimmy said...

Hi Jasline, it's yummylicious. So far Thumbs up.

Sonia said...

wish I can have a plate right now, I am planning to cook this too.

Kimmy said...

Hi Sonia, you are good at cooking Nasi Lemak. I'm looking forward to your version and the side dishes.

Grace Phua said...

Kimmy, from the look of the aromatics you used to cook your pandan rice with, I'm sure I can even smell it from here!! It looks so gorgeous and with the dishes that is going with that nasi lemak, I'm sure it tastes very yummilicious!!

Kimmy said...

Hi Grace, with the aromatics you don't need much side dishes. A good sambal belacan and crispy fried anchovies with cucumbers, is more than sufficient.

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