Nasi Lemak – Malaysian National Dish


by: Aarthi

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.


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serves: 3

For Coconut Flavoured Rice:

cup Basmati rice-1

leaf Pandan / Brinji ilai / screwpine leaves-3

cup Coconut Milk-1

cup Water-2

Salt to taste

For Sambal:

Shallots/Sambar onion-4

Dry red chilli-10 Soaked

inch Ginger-1 piece

cloves Garlic-6

Salt to taste

Sugar-to taste

Lemon juice-1 tblspn

Oil-2 tblspn

For garnishing:


Hard Boiled Eggs


Nutrition Facts
Nasi Lemak – Malaysian National Dish

Servings Per Recipe: 3

Amount per Serving

Calories: 562

  • Total Fat: 30.9 g
  •     Saturated Fat: 18.4 g
  •     Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 54.6 mg
  • Sodium: 61.2 mg
  • Total Carbs: 63.7 g
  •     Dietary Fiber: 8.2 g
  •     Sugars: 13.4 g
  • Protein: 15.3 g

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1.  Soak rice for 1 hour.Strain and keep aside.

2.  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...

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

4.  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.

5.  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.

6.  Serve hot..

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