Monday, May 25, 2020

Nasi Kerabu with Sambal Fish& Eggplant Recipe

My boys are obessed with blue. That's why we planted butterfly pea flowers in the garden! Not only do they give everything an attractive and natural blue hue, they are also packed with antioxidants! Nasi Kerabu is a famous Malay dish that I have adapted to the common Malaysian palate. 

Butterfly Pea Flower Rice

1 cup Basmathi rice
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup hot water
15 dried butterfly pea flowers
1 stick of lemongrass
2 screwpine leaves
1 tbsp coconut oil
Pinch of salt

Steep the flowers in 1 cup hot water for 5 mins until the water turns blue.

Smash and roughly chop the lemongrass stick.

Add rice, salt, oil and top up water

Kerisik Ikan

50g dessicated coconut
250g mackerel
2 red onions 
2 sticks lemon grass
1 tbsp sugar

Pan fry mackerel pieces.

Smash and roughly chop the lemongrass stick.

Roughly chop onions.

Saute onions and lemongrass until brown.

Stir fry coconut in sugar until caramelized.

Add the mashed fish to the mixture.



 170g fresh red chilies, seeded and cut into small pieces
 1 tablespoon toasted belacan (Malaysian shrimp paste)
 120g shallots, peeled
 1/4  teaspoon  salt
 2 1/2  teaspoons  sugar
 2 tablespoons cooking oil

Blend all ingredients with a food processor.

Heat up a wok with oil. 

Add sambal paste and stir fry continuously until the oil separates from the Sambal.  

Set aside.

Sambal eggplant

2 tablespoons sunflower oil
 1 1/2 tablespoons dried shrimp, soaked in warm water and drained
 1 1/2 - 2 tablespoons Sambal
 1 eggplant, cut into rounds
 1/4 teaspoon sugar or to taste
 3/4 teaspoon fish sauce or to taste

At medium to high heat, heat up a wok with the oil.

Add the dried shrimp until aromatic.

Add the Sambal and eggplant. 

Stir to combine well. 

Add sugar and fish sauce to taste. 

Serve with hard boiled eggs/salted eggs if desired.



Abam Kie said...

Something rare in Msia whereby all races share the common delicacies such as nasi kerabu, kuew tiaw, chapati and the likes!

Dr Yingzangel said...

Yes. We definitely share a common love for food

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