Monday, November 17, 2008

Coconut Milk Rice With Anchovies Sambal

I cooked this coconut milk rice aka Nasi Lemak ( a local name ) for dinner. It is white rice cooked with coconut milk and screwpine leaves. Eaten with a spicy anchovies sambal and garnish with cucumber and boiled egg . We, Malaysians ,normally have it for breakfast and it is a savoury and flavorsome breakfast item. But for me and my family we love to have it for either lunch or dinner as it is a too heavy item for breakfast :)

The screwpines leaves (pandan leaves) gave the rice a nice fragrant and the coconut milk gives the rice a more creamy ( lemak ) texture. I added a few shreds of ginger for extra flavor.

I gave the sambal a twist and added stinky beans aka as petai ( local name) to it as my family love this stinky beans…the strong aroma of this beans added oomph to the sambal. Explode with flavor in every bite…hmmm...delicious :))))
We had a wonderful and satisfying dinner ^ * . Needless to say , my Piggies were back for the weekend. The main attraction for this rice dish is the sambal which is made from these ingredients namely, ground dry chillies , lemongrass ( serai ), shrimp paste ( belacan) and red onions , tamarind paste ( asam jawa) , anchovies ( ikan bilis ) and big onions. Simple and yet when you combined them together and sauté them in hot oil , the heady aroma from these ingredients plus the rich spiciness has made this item a signature breakfast item of Malaysia. Every Malaysian loves it.

As I watched my Piggies devouring the rice and the sambal and with the oohs and the aahs , I knew it must be good..the sambal with the stinky beans was a hit and I was the happiest Momsie for that hour (",) I enjoy watching them eat their food heartily....especially when I took the trouble to cook them nice yummy food!

Ingredients for the Coconut Milk Rice
150 ml thick coconut milk - added to 500 ml water or more depends
A few screwpines leaves tie into a knot
A few slices of ginger
A pinch of salt
2 cups of white grain rice – washed and drained dry

Add all the ingredients above together in a rice cooker and cook like you normally cook the plain rice. Watch out for the amount of liquid to be added to the grains. The above is for 4 persons. Too much liquid will make the rice soft and lumpy.
Ingredients for the Anchovies Sambal

12 shallots
10 dry chillies or more if you want it more spicy & hot
1 thumb sized shrimp paste ( belacan )
1 stalk of lemongrass (serai)

* ground the above ingredients into a paste

1 tbsp of tamarind paste (asam jawa) - mixed with a cup of water
2 tsp of brown sugar

Anchovies ( ikan bilis) – I prefer to deep fry it lightly so as it does not smell so fishy
250 gm stinky beans (petai)
Big onions- cut into rings

Sliced cucumbers
Hard boiled eggs

Heat up 3 tbsp of oil and saute the above ground ingredients until fragrant and the oil has surfaced . Add in the stinky beans and big obnions and stir fry till half cooked, add in the fried anchovies and stir fry it a while . Add in the brown sugar and add in the one cup of tamarind juice. I prefer the sambal to be thick. But if you want to have more gravy then add in a bit more water .




  1.'s my favorite! I cook it occationally. :)
    Now, in order to cut down intake of coconut milk, I just stick to my fragrant rice with ginger and pandan leaves, no more coconut milk.

  2. Hi little inbox,

    I don't cook often so it is okay to have the coconut milk..more authentic and it is the coconut milk that makes the rice yummilicious :)

  3. Ahhhh!! Super yummy! Nasi Lemak anytime! Yeah I try to cut down the coconut milk too but I do understand that it is more authentic with the real coconut rice!! Thanks for sharing,

  4. Hi mysimplefood,

    Thanks for dropping by. Haha yummy but can't take often though :)

  5. That rice sounds really tasty, it sounds like a great way to add flavor to rice :). I'd like to include your recipe on our blog, please let me know if you're interested :).

    Sophie, Key Ingredient Chief Blogger

  6. most beautiful. ur photos are excellent.

  7. AHH!! Nasi Lemak. I went to Malaysia for my honeymoon...I miss this! Thanks for sharing ;)


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