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Nasi Lemak - The Lazy Way

Monday, 5 January 2009

I used to go back to Malaysia twice a year for holidays but now, just once a year and for less than 3 weeks each visit. My time is limited, so I have to be selective of what I eat. Nasi lemak is one of the dishes that I won't miss out. Nasi=rice, lemak=fats and yes, the rice is very fattening indeed. Traditionally, the rice is cooked with coconut milk. This is then served with various accompaniments such as fried anchovies, peanuts, cucumber, eggs, sambal, curries...umm...the thought of it is making my mouth water.

I am a big fan of curry but have yet to make my own from scratch, and from scratch I mean grinding my own spices. I have to admit I am spoiled by the vast variety of curry powder and premixes that are so widely available now. They are so easy and delicious it's hard to resist! So here's nasi lemak - my lazy way. I used semi-skimmed milk in my curry and for the rice, I omitted coconut milk - due to diet and health reasons. These instant packets are very tasty and delicious especially the sambal. One of the best that I had I have to say.

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Curry Chicken


  • 1kg Chicken pieces
  • 1 large Onion - cut into rings
  • 2 Carrots - cut into pieces
  • 400g Potatoes - cut into pieces
  • 1 cup Brussels Sprouts - halved
  • 1 pkt Chilliz Curry Chicken Paste
  • 1 3/4 cup Semi-skimmed Milk
  • 1 tbs Concentrate Tomato Paste
  • 1 tbs Cranberry Sauce
  • Salt


  • Heat up a pot and add a little bit of oil.
  • Stir fry onions until soft.
  • Add in curry paste and fry for about 2 mins.
  • Mix in chicken, carrots, potatoes and milk. Bring to boil.
  • Lower heat and simmer until chicken is tender.
  • Add in brussels sprouts and cook for further 10 mins or until brussels sprouts are soft.
  • Mix in tomato paste and cranberry sauce.
  • Add salt to taste.
Sambal Seafood


  • 1 large Onion - cut into wedges
  • 1 pkt (235g) Cooked Mixed Seafood
  • 1 pkt Chilliz Sambal Nasi Lemak Paste
  • 1 tsp Sugar


  • Heat up a pan and add a little bit of oil.
  • Stir fry onions until soft.
  • Add sambal paste and sugar. Fry for about 2 mins.
  • Mix in seafood selection and leave for about 2 mins or until seafood is warmed through. Add a little bit of water if gravy is too thick.
  • Serve!

Nasi Lemak on Foodista

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Zue Murphy said...

I blog hopped from My Kitchen Snippets and found you. I must say I like your quick method in preparing for nasi lemak. I am too like nasi lemak so much. I used to cook nasi lemak almost every other day. In fact, I wrap it with banana leaves to get that aromatic smell. Your nasi lemak and curry chicken is really unique. But it look good.

lalaine said...

I love the egg and potato omelet! I often enjoy that for a quick lunch...usually with banana catsup and steamed white rice! Yum! Great recipes you have here...definitely will be coming back for more.

pigpigscorner said...

Zue Murphy Thanks for visiting! I love eating spicy food esp during winter. And cooking curry is one the best ways to get rid of leftovers =)

lalaineThanks! What's banana catsup? Googled it and it sounds like something spicy! Wonder how it taste like.

Maya said...

I ate nasi lemak everyday when I was home on Oct! Handy to have premade sambal on hand.

Erica said...

This sounds like a really interesting dish! I am never seem to go too far outside my normal boundaries in the kitchen....but i really want to give something liek this a whirl ;)

Esi said...

Sometimes you just have to take the quick way. It looks really good!

A scientist in the kitchen said...

That sounds like a foolproof way to cook nasi lemak! Banana catsup, by the way, is our (Filipino) version of the tomato catsup - red, sweet and spicy!


Tastes of Home said...

this looks great!!

and yes, nasi lemak is also on my must-have list! ooh I love sambal sotong too..yummy!

noobcook said...

I love the lazy way of cooking too. Your nasi lemak looks delicious. Thanks for visiting me, love your blog =)

Navita said...

i love sambal

...thanks for stopping by :)

i hope i can expect frequent visits from you. :p

pigpigscorner said...

Maya:I wish I could eat that everyday too! But my metabolism won't allow me =(

Erica:This is a really easy way to get to know the dish! You'll love it if you like spicy food.

Esi:Thanks! These are really useful esp on weekdays when I don't have much time to cook.

Gay: Thanks for your info. Spicy banana sauce sounds really yummy! I add bananas to my curries sometimes for its sweetness. Will try to look for it!

Tastes of Home: Thanks! Sambal sotong is a must! Too bad I can't any here...

Wiffy: Thanks for stopping by. Love your blog too. You have really mouth-watering pictures!

Navita: Thanks for visiting! Love your blog, you have lots of interesting recipes that are new to me.

Angie  said...

Wow! I like your blog, many familiar Asian dishes....and neat blog structure...

veron said...

Yum! You just reminded me that I got some Curry paste from Bee (Rasa Malaysia)...need to make chicken curry soon!

Jo said...

Nothing beats Malaysian nasi lemak especially the road side stalls where you get to pick your dishes.

pigpigscorner said...

Angie:Thanks! Love your blog too, lots of yummy dishes!

veron: Haven't tried Bee's before, just saw it on her blog. Wonder how it tastes like!

Jo:Yes! I wish I could just say, a bit of everything pls =D

Mommy Gourmet said...

This looks outstanding!

pigpigscorner said...

Thanks Mommy Gourmet!

mycookinghut said...

Oh My God! This is killing me. Now I want some nasi lemak.
I think using semi-skimmed milk is just as nice as using coconut milk. I do sometimes use milk instead of coconut milk.
By the way, did you buy those sambal mixes in the UK?

pigpigscorner said...

mycookinghut:Thanks for visiting! I normally use milk or yougurt instead of coconut milk mainly for health reasons cause I cook a lot of curry.

My fiance's parents brought them over when they came to visit in October. I buy all my curry and sambal mixes from M'sia.

Su-Lin said...

dang, was about to ask the same thing as mycookinghut! I've never seen this brand before!

pigpigscorner said...

Hi Su-Lin! Thanks for visiting. I've never seen this brand in the UK before. And I have not tried looking for this in M'sia either because we have a constant supply from Jeff's mum =D I'll try asking her.

lilian said...

You can buy the whole range of Chilliz brand easy-touse curry sauce from

Pierce said...

Is the Chilliz Sambal Nasi Lemak Paste something hard to find? I will bet I could order though an online store - this looks amazing and I have it on my list to try.

As always, it's a pleasure to visit your site Pig Pig!


Anonymous said...

as a foreigner living in malaysia,i like to eat nasi lemak from time to time.however,i think eating nasi lemak first thing in the morning is a heavy burden on the stomack.i think malaysians have it for breakfast because it is cheap especially when it comes prepacked on top the local restaurants tables.

pigpigscorner said...

lilian:Thanks for the info!

Tina: I've never seen these sold in shops in Malaysia actually. But you can get it online.

Anonymous: I actually love waking up to fatty foods like nasi lemak, char kuey teow, roti...maybe it's a Malaysian thing.

Siobhan said...

Oh wow this looks fabulous... mmm... I haven't been back to Malaysia since 1995! You're making me want to go now though! :D

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