Nasi Lemak -Coconut-Flavored Rice Meal

Nasi Lemak -Coconut-Flavored Rice Meal

* 2 cups rice, preferably basmati rice
* 2½ cups water
* 2 pandan leaves [screwpine leaves], tied into a knot [optional]
* 3 shallots onion, finely chopped
* 10 tsp thick coconut milk
* 1 slice ginger
* sugar and salt to taste

Ingredients for Sambal Ikan Bilis :

* 1 cup dried Ikan Bilis [Dried Anchovies]
* 1 large red onion, sliced
* ½ cup peanut or vegetable oil
* 3 tsp tamarind pulp with
* ½ cup hot water to make tamarind paste 4 tbsp or to taste, chili paste
* 6 shallots
* 1 tsp belacan, also spelt belachan or blacan [dried shrimp paste]
* 4 cloves garlic
* 1 large onion, sliced into rounds

Garnishing :

* 4 hard boiled eggs, cut into quarters
* 1 cup of ikan bilis, fried until crispy
* 1 cup of peanuts, fried or roasted
* 1 seedless cucumber, peeled and sliced


* Wash rice several time until water runs quite clear
* In a pot, add rice, coconut milk, water [use correct amounts of water according to type of rice]
* Add shallots, ginger and pandan leaves [optional]
* Bring to boil, lower heat, simmer 10-12 mins uncovered until the water has been absorbed into the level of the rice
* Loosen rice grains with a wooden ladle
* Cover with a tight-fitting lid, steam rice on very low heat, about 10-12 mins
* When rice is done, gently fluff rice with fork
* NOTE: You can use a rice cooker to cook the rice

INSTRUCTIONS Sambal Ikan Bilis:

* Using a mortar & pestle or blender, grind chili paste, shallots, belacan and garlic into a paste
* To a wok or saucepan, add peanut or vegetable oil, heat on high until oil temperature is 350F, fry ikan bilis until crispy
* Remove, drain well on paper towels
* Remove all but 2 tbsp of oil, sauté ground paste for 1-2 mins
* Add red onions, tamarind paste, sugar, salt to taste
* Cook until gravy thickens [to a dark reddish brown]
* Add ikan bilis, mix to combine, remove from heat
* Dish a serving portion of coconut rice onto a plate [or banana leaf!], a little of each garnishing and some sambal ikan bilis - served hot or at room temperature..enjoy it !

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