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Cooking authentic Nasi Lemak at home

Its name may literally mean “oily or fatty rice”, but the rich, satiating joy of a plate of Nasi Lemak is beloved by Malaysians and Singaporeans everywhere.


By Matthew Hine
Nasi Lemak can be eaten as a breakfast dish, or have meat like chicken added for a more substantial meal.

Known as Malaysia’s national dish, the dish gets its name from how its rice is cooked by being soaked in coconut cream and steamed. Usually consumed as a breakfast dish, its popularity is such that it’s also often consumed at lunch or dinner.

With Malaysia’s National Day coming up on 31 August, there’s no better time to learn to make this iconic dish at home.



Jasmine or Basmati rice is most often used for cooking Nasi Lemak, although the type of rice is not as important as the use of coconut milk and pandan leaves. You can cook Nasi Lemak Rice in an electric rice cooker like the Electrolux ERC6503W, which has nine pre-set cooking functions to ensure an optimal result. Simply add water, coconut milk, a pinch of salt and pandan leaves.



 A food processor like the Electrolux EFP5300 can help to save hours of preparatory work in cooking dishes like sambal belacan from scratch. 

Having a good sambal chili paste to accompany the rice is important for a Nasi Lemak dish. There are many different kinds of sambal you can make such as sambal sotong (cuttlefish) or sambal ikan bilis (dried anchovies). Use a food processor like the Electrolux EFP5300 to quickly grind the onion, ikan bilis, garlic, shallots, dried chilies, belacan (prawn paste), salt and sugar into a paste. The appliance’s multifunctional knife will take care of mincing and chopping effortlessly.


The rice and sambal is always served with various side dishes such as cucumber slices, fried ikan bilis, roastedpeanuts and a fried or hard-boiled egg. For meals that need to be more substantial, proteins like ayam goreng (fried chicken), cockles or rending daging (beef stewed in coconut milk and spices) can be added. Traditionally, most accompaniments are spicy in nature.


Nasi Lemak is often served on pandan or banana leaves, which helps create a striking presentation for the meal.

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