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Nasi lemak (chicken sambal and coconut milk rice)

Nasi lamak  is a  traditional Malaysian food. Coconut rice serve with Anchovies or chicken sambal, roasted peanut, cucumber, boiled egg combo. Rice that is cooked in coconut milk with pandan leaf.
I have made in Indian flavor coconut rice. Chicken sambal which is hot and tangy taste.

Ingredients for Chicken sambal

Chicken - 800 gm
Shallot - 6 nos
Tomato - 100 gm 
onion - 1 nos medium size
Red chilly - 8 nos
Chilly powder- 1 teaspoon
Ginger - 1/2 inch
Garlic - 5 nos
Ginger garlic paste - 2 teaspoon
Tomato sauce - 2 Tablespoon
Chilly sauce - 1 teaspoon
cinnamon - 1 inch
Cardamon - 4 nos
Cloves - 4 nos
Gram masala - 1/2 teaspoon ( optional)
Oil - 1/2 cup

  1. Marinate the chicken with Chilly powder, turmeric powder, 1 teaspoon of ginger garlic paste 1/2 teaspoon of pepper powder and salt. Rest  it for 30 minutes.

  1. Soak the chilly in the hot water for 30 minutes.

Preparation of sambal paste

In blender add 6 shallot, 5 nos of garlic gloves, 1/2 inch ginger, 8 nos of soaked red chilly and 1 medium sized tomato blend it to a fine paste.


  • Heat oil, Let fry the marinated chickens in wok for 5 minutes. No need to cook full. Take out the chicken keep aside.
  • In same wok, add cinnamon, cardamon, cloves. Let it sizzle.
  • Add onion and ginger garlic paste saute it till, the raw smell leaves.
Add small piece of tomato approximately 1 table spoon. saute it.

Add sambal paste and 1/2 teaspoon of Garam masala, salt, mix it, Leave for 20 min in simmer. stir it oceationally.
  • After 20 minutes, add fried chicken mix it well,  now add 2 tablespoon of tomato sauce, 1 table spoon of chilly sauce.

  •  Add small amount of water. mix it well. Leave it for 15 minutes.

  • Finally garnish with coriander.
Coconut milk rice


Rice - 2 cups
Coconut milk - 2 cup
Ginger garlic paste - 1 teaspoon
cinnamon - 1/2 inch
Cardamon - 3 nos
 Cloves - 2 nos
Coriander optional


In heavy wok, Heat 1 table spoon of oil  Add  cloves, cinnamon, cardamon, 1 teaspoon of ginger garlic paste. saute it for 2 minutes.

  1.  Add 2 cups of coconut milk and 2 cups of water, (2;4 ratio) add coriander leaves (optional). bring it to boil.

  1. Add rice, bring it to water and rice combined stage. in medium flame dum it for 5 minutes.
  • Switch of the flame dum it for 20 minutes.
  • Switch  of the flame, leave the dum for 20 minutes.
  • serve it.

Notes  - Add more oil, sambal paste will not burn.



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