Nasi Lemak (Malaysia)

I cook this nasi lemak every weekend and serve with prawn or squid sambal, sliced cucumber and hard boiled egg. Sometimes fried chicken or beef rendang. Sprinkle sliced Chinese celery, spring onion, and fried shallot before serving.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
4 servings


  • 2 cups uncooked basmati rice, rinsed and drained

  • 1 ¾ cups water

  • 3 shallots, thinly sliced

  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut cream

  • 1 (3/4 inch thick) slice fresh ginger root, thinly sliced

  • 1 teaspoon salt to taste

  • 6 shallots, chopped

  • 15 dried red chile peppers, or to taste

  • 1 (1/2 inch) piece fresh ginger, minced

  • 1 tablespoon shrimp paste

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • ½ cup tamarind juice

  • salt to taste

  • 1 onion, sliced

  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined


  1. Bring the rice, water, sliced shallots, coconut cream, ginger, and salt to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the rice is tender, and the liquid has been absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes. Meanwhile, place the chopped shallots, dried chile peppers, minced ginger, and shrimp paste in a blender and process to a thick paste.

  2. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir chile paste until fragrant. Stir in sugar, tamarind juice, and salt, then toss in onion and shrimp and simmer until shrimp are bright pink on the outside and the meat is no longer transparent in the center, about 5 minutes. Serve over the hot rice.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

798 Calories
27g Fat
113g Carbs
32g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 798
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 34%
Saturated Fat 20g 99%
Cholesterol 175mg 58%
Sodium 846mg 37%
Total Carbohydrate 113g 41%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 32g
Vitamin C 16mg 80%
Calcium 108mg 8%
Iron 6mg 35%
Potassium 876mg 19%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.