Monday, September 23, 2013

Pandan Nasi Lemak with Tumeric Chicken

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Lately a lot of blogger friends serving pandan nasi lemak (coconut fragrant rice with screwpine leaves extract). They inspire me to cook and serve it to my family too :) 

 Besides sweet sambal (recipe here) and fried anchovies I serve pandan nasi lemak with chicken dish as well, tumeric chicken.

I omitted the chilli as my kids can't tolerate spiciness. They couldn't eat much either due to the substantial amount of tumeric powder used in the spice mixture, that causes numbness in the mouth. As for me I enjoy this flavourful dish.

Pandan Coconut Rice
3 cups rice, rinsed and drained (used Jasmine rice if you prefer)
1 cup coconut milk
2½ cups water
1 tablespoon homemade pandan extract
½ teaspoon salt
3 pandan leaves, knotted

1. Place rice together with all the ingredients into rice cooker. Leave aside for 30 minutes.

2. With a fork lightly stir the rice mixture. Press ‘Start’ to cook the rice. Once cooked leave it to rest for 15 minutes. Give the rice a stir to fluff up the rice before serving.

Tumeric chicken recipe adapted with minor modification from 3hungry tummies' kitchen
Tumeric Chicken 
500 g of skinless chicken thighs, cut into manageable pieces
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon of turmeric powder
*1 tablespoon of spice mix (see below)

½ an onion, peeled and cut into chunks
1 cup water or stock
½ pieces of chicken cube (omit, if using chicken stock)
2 tablespoons of honey or brown sugar
5-6 long beans, tailed and cut into bite size, blanched
2 whole bird chilies (only add at the end of cooking time )

*(C)Spice mix
i) wet spices
3 large shallots, peeled and roughly cut
6 cloves garlic, peeled
1 lemongrass (white part only) 
1 cm piece ginger, slice thinly
5 candlenuts
3 bird chilies (optional)

ii) dry spices
1 tablespoon turmeric powder
½ tablespoon cumin powder
½ tablespoon coriander powder
½ teaspoon salt

~First prepare the spice mix by putting all wet spices in a blender and process till fine paste. Mix in the dry spices and set aside.

1. Marinate the chicken with salt, pepper, tumeric powder and a tablespoon of the spice mix. Let chicken to marinate for at least an hour. 

2. Add about a tablespoon of cooking oil in wok, arrange the marinated chicken pieces inside and brown the chicken until golden all over, remove and set aside.

3. Without washing the wok, add in about 2 tablespoons of cooking oil. Pour in the spice mixture and cook on medium heat until the oil separate. 

4. Add onion and return browned chicken pieces into the wok. Stir fry for a minute, then add in water, chicken cube (or stock) and sugar. Taste the seasoning. Add in blanched long beans and whole chilies when about to dish out.

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  1. Hello, I'm Francesca and I'm Italian. Your blog is very nice and this recipe is definitely very good. I Imota to your members. If you want to follow me too.

  2. Sedap nya! Nasi Pandan 1 pingan ~ :)

    Thanks for sharing。 This rice must fully pandan aroma. Yummy

  3. What an appetising dish, lovely fragrant rice with the delicious chicken curry. Must be a hit with your family.

  4. Hi Vivian! The nasi lemak looks very very good!

  5. Nasi lemak with pandan more aromatic. this food remember me when i have OJT @ Malay...

  6. Hi Vivian,

    Love the new look of your blog! Both your pandan nasi lemak and new blog layout look good!


  7. Wow, looks so yummy.... my mouth is watering.

  8. Hmmm now u inspired me to cook this

  9. Hi Vivian, the chicken curry looks so yummy! I like the new look of your blog!

  10. Hi Viv,
    Like your non chilli version chicken dish a lot.
    Will try this for my kids too.
    Thanks for sharing :D

  11. i hope to try the sambal with gula melaka version too one day..i also just saw mel cooking that


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