Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Fragrant Coconut Rice (Nasi Lemak)

Coconut rice is a simple and easy to prepare rich rice dish which can be eaten on its own or to be accompanied by side dishes such as fried vegetarian drumstick, vegetarian fish slice, or sliced cucumber.

Preparation: 5 mins Cooking time: 15 mins

Ingredients (serves 2)
° 200g rice, washed and drained
° 300ml coconut milk
° 100ml water
° ½ teaspoon salt

1. Combine all the ingredients into an electric rice cooker, mix well and turn it on.
2. When done leave the cooked rice to rest, covered, for 5-10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve hot.

1. Pandan leaves (screwpine) and sugar can be added, if desired.
2. Thai Coconut Rice usually does not have any pandan leaves (screwpine) added but with sugar.
3. As for Nasi Lemak, pandan leaves (screwpine) are added. Pandan leaves juice can be used to give the rice a lighter shade of green. Chopped 10 pandan leaves, with 50ml of water and blend to a grassy pulp. Squeeze the pulp in muslin cloth for the green juice, add to the rice and reduce the amount of water accordingly.

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