Nasi Lemak and Prawn Sambal with coconut

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Total Time:
30-45 minutes
Serves: 6
Nutrition facts:

240 calories, 9 grams fat

Technique: Stewed Recipe
Difficulty: Medium

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  • 500 g - long grain rice, wash and soak in water for 15 minutes then drain it
  • 700 ml - coconut milk
  • 1 inch - ginger, sliced thinly
  • 1 tsp - salt
  • 2 - screw pine leaves, knotted
  • Prawn sambal ingredients
  • 500 g - prawns, clean and take out the shell
  • 2 - big onions, sliced
  • 1/2 tsp - turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp - tamarind paste, mixed with 1/2 cup water and strained
  • To taste - oil, salt and sugar
  • Ground together into a paste:
  • 10 - dried chillies, soaked in water
  • 6 - red chillies
  • 1 tsp - belacan(shrimp paste)
  • 5 - candlenuts(buah keras)

How to Make Nasi Lemak and Prawn Sambal with coconut

  • Combine the rice, coconut milk, ginger, salt and screw pine leaves in a rice cooker.
  • Once the rice is cooked, stir it with a fork.
  • Heat oil and saute the grounded ingredients till fragrant.
  • Add in prawns and stir-fry till prawns turn pink.
  • Pour the tamarind juice, salt, sugar and turmeric powder.
  • If preferred, you can also add 1/2 a cup of coconut milk (optional).
  • Cook till gravy has thickened.
  • Nasi Lemak is a set-meal which is served with sambal (prawns, squids or anchovies), sliced cucumber, boiled egg, fried anchovies, groundnuts and also with a stir-fry vegetable.