Cook With SENZ: Nasi Lemak, A Truly Malaysian Dish [ Full Recipe! ]

Have you tried to our previous Honey Grilled Chicken recipe with your SENZ electric cooker? Today, let’s try a more Malaysian dish – authentic Malaysian-style Nasi Lemak! If you feel that the ingredients are a little spicy for your liking, do adjust the spiciness to your own preference! Happy cooking!

First, we recommend that you prepare these equipments:

Let’s prepare the ingredients:

For the Ayam Goreng Berempah (Spiced Fried Chicken)

  • 2 lemongrass, cut
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 inch ginger
  • 1 tbsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground fennel
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 4 chicken drumsticks
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk (60 ml)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tbsp rice flour

For the Sambal Tumis Ikan Bilis (Anchovies Sambal)

  • 100g dry anchovies 
  • 2 red onions, sliced
  • 50g dried chilli, cut into small pieces with seeds removed. 
  • Place the cut chilli in a bowl with hot water and leave to soak for 1 hour. Rinse and drain the chilli, then set aside.
  • 3 shallots, roughly cut
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 inch ginger
  • 1/2 inch shrimp paste
  • 1 tsp salt (the anchovies are already salty, so use salt sparingly)
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp tamarind juice
  • water
  • cooking oil

For the Nasi Lemak (Rice with coconut milk)

  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 750ml coconut milk (750 ml)
  • 250ml water (250 ml)
  • 1 pandan leaf, knotted
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 2 inch ginger, cut into matchsticks
  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 lemongrass, cut into 2 inch length
  • 2 tsp salt
  • water for soaking rice

There are a few parts to this dish, it may seem challenging, but if you follow this recipe closely (adapted from El Mundo Eats) and with some help from SENZ’s array of smart kitchen appliances and cookware, you can surely cook yummy Nasi Lemak too!

First up, is to cook the Ayam Goreng Berempah (Spiced Fried Chicken):

  1. In a mortar, add lemongrass, garlic and ginger. Pound all into a paste and set aside.
  2. Place the chicken drumsticks in a clean bowl, then add in the pounded paste, and rest of the ingredients except egg and rice flour. Mix and coat the chicken well. Marinate overnight, or at least 4 hours.
  3. After marination, add the egg to the marinated chicken and mix well. Add in rice flour then mix and coat the chicken thoroughly.
  4. Using medium heat, heat a pot and pour in enough cooking oil to deep fry the chicken. 
  5. Once the oil is hot, deep fry the chicken until golden brown. When chicken is cooked, remove from the oil and place on paper towel to drain the excess oil.

Next, prepare the Sambal Tumis Ikan Bilis (Anchovies Sambal):

  1. In a blender, add in the chilli, shallots, garlic, shrimp paste and ginger. Add water until it almost covers all the ingredients. Blend into a fine paste and then set aside.
  2. In a wok or frying pan, fry the anchovies until they are crispy. Remove them from pan and drain the excess oil on a paper towel. Using the same wok, fry the red onions until they are soft and golden brown at the edges, then remove them and set aside. 
  3. Remove oil from the wok or frying pan, leaving only 1/4 cup in it. Using low medium heat, pour in the blended chilli and add in 1 to 2 cups of water to loosen it up a bit. Cook for 30-40 minutes until the sauce reduces and thickens.
  4. Add in salt, sugar and tamarind juice, then stir and mix well. Add in the previously fried anchovies and red onion. Turn the heat off and mix well. Your sambal is now ready.

One of the most concerning issues when cooking sambal is that your whole kitchen will feel oily from deep frying the ingredients, and it will end up smelling like sambal for many days. But with SENZ’s powerful Cooker Hood with smart auto-clean function, you no longer need to worry about this!

Now, to cook the Nasi Lemak (Rice with Coconut Milk):

  1. In a bowl, soak the basmati rice in water for 30 minutes. Drain the water right before using.
  2. Place soaked basmati rice in a rice cooker pot. Add in the rest of the ingredients, stir to mix, and cook the rice according to instructions on the rice cooker. And the rice is done.

Alternatively, you can also use steamed rice for your nasi lemak. The SENZ’s TriZone MultiCooker can be used with all types of cookware such as ceramic pots, clay pots and even stainless steel wok and steamers

Lastly, assemble your Nasi Lemak:

Place a portion of rice, ayam goreng berempah, some sambal ikan bilis, a few slices of cucumber, halved hard-boiled egg, and peanuts onto a plate. 

Now your creation is complete! Take a few photos and share them on SENZ’s Facebook page, then dig in! Enjoy!

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