Nasi Lemak is traditional malaysian coconut rice and its a malay word where this word literally means 'rice in cream'...This name is derived from the cooking process where rice is cooked in coconut cream..Malaysian people used pandan leaves to give a particular flavour this rice and spices like ginger and herbs like lemon grass are also added for additional fragrance..Traditionally this nasi lemak is served in banana lead with cucumber slices, small dried anchovies, roasted peanuts and boiled eggs with hot spicy sambal sauce, this rice dish can also be eaten with pickled vegetables, stir fried greens etc...Nasi Lemal is widely eaten in malaysia and even this dish is served in Malaysian schools, this nasi lemak can be also served as breakfast dish and sold early in the morning at roadside stalls in Malaysia where this rice is packed in newspaper, brown paper or in banana leaf, anyhow this rice dish is served as noon or evening meals in restaurants..Nasi Lemak can be prepared so many different version where some used to prepare with pandan leaves while some with bay leaves, as its kinda hard to get pandan leaves i prepared this Nasi lemak with bay leaves, ginger pieces and few pieces of lemon grass and i served with Malaysian Spicy Okra Kheema both together tastes marvellous and am sending this malaysian coconut rice to Vaishali's IAVW-Malaysian and to Think Spice-Think Bayleaf guest hosted by Apu of Annarasa, event started by Sunita..
1cup Long grain rice (i used basmati rice)
2cups Coconut milk
1tsp Ginger pieces
1/2tsp Lemon grass pieces
Wash and clean the rice and put it in a heavy bottomed pan, add the coconut milk, bay leaves, ginger pieces, lemon grass pieces,salt ,oil and cook everything in high flame.... when the rice begins to boil, lower the heat..keep in simmer and cook for 10-15minutes until all the water been absorbed, remove from the heat...stir the rice gently and cover the vessel with lid and keep aside, let it sit for 10-15 minutes...
Serve with any spicy side dish!