The Malaysian Nasi Lemak (Coconut Rice)

The Weekend Recipe
By Family Editorial Board


When you have leftovers from the day before, and you just want to add something a little different to make today's meal not seem like yesterdays, , Nasi Lamak could just do the trick.


A traditional recipe and a national dish past down from mother to daughter, the aroma and the taste are treats in themselves.  Malay cooking uses a lot of coconut milk, which depending on where you live can be bought tinned (which I just as good) or creamed (which is high in cholesterol)!


Pacific Islanders call the Coconut tree "The Tree of Life" because it is highly nutritious, rich in fiber, minerals, and vitamins and is a cure-all.




  • 2 cups rice  
  •   2 shallot - finely chopped  
  •  10 tsp thick coconut milk
  • 1 small piece sliced ginger
  • Salt and sugar to taste




  • Wash the rice several time until water runs quite clear
  • Place in the pot you are going to cook in
  • Add rice, coconut milk, salt, and water [use correct amounts of water according to type of rice]
  • Add shallots, and ginger
  • Bring to boil, lower heat, simmer for about 10-15 minutes until water has been absorbed
  • Loosen rice grains with wooden ladle
  • Cover with a tight-fitting lid, steam rice on very low heat, about 10-12 minutes…



.No leftovers and stuck for ideas, why not try it with:


Mourgh (Afghan Chicken)





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