Nasi Kerabu

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Fragrant blue rice topped with aromatic spice paste, surrounded by a refreshing torch ginger salad, salted egg, flaked fish and crispy shrimp crackers. The perfect combination of texture and tastes!

Let's start cooking!

Rice cooker with jasmine rice, kaffir, galangal, lemongrass and blue pea flower water

Step 1 - Cook rice and make torch ginger salad

  • In a rice cooker pot, pour in jasmine rice, kaffir lime leaves, galangal slices, ginger slices, 1 bruised lemongrass 800 ml water and 2 Tbsp blue pea flower water.

    If you do not have blue pea flower or prefer not using blue dye, you may omit it.
  • Let it cook according to rice cooker instructions.

  • Thinly slice 3 shallots, torch ginger and laksa leaves. Place them into a small bowl and toss well. Set aside.

Blended dried chili, shallots, garlic, candlenut and belacan

Step 2 - Make and fry rempah (spice paste)

  • In a blender, blend dried chili, 4 shallots, garlic, candlenut, 2 lemongrass, belacan, 3 Tbsp white sugar and 1 Tbsp salt until smooth. If mixture is too dry, you can use vegetable oil to help you achieve a smooth consistency.
  • In a pan, fry blended paste for 10 minutes until browned and fragrant. Set aside.
Boiled and flaked fish pieces

Step 3 - Boil and flake fish

  • In a pot of boiling water, boil kuning fish for 5 minutes. Remove fish from pot and keep the pot of water boiling.
  • On a clean surface, use 2 forks to gently pull apart fish flesh from the bones. Set aside.
    Substitute flaked fish for fried chicken wings.
Deep-fried shrimp crackers in pot

Step 4 - Boil salted egg and deep-fry shrimp crackers

  • In the same pot of boiling water, boil salted egg for 12 minutes. Remove from pot and set aside.
  • In a separate pot, heat up enough vegetable oil for deep-frying. When oil is hot, deep-fry shrimp crackers for 10 to 15 seconds until it floats and expands. Remove from pan and drain on paper towel-lined plate. Set aside.
Pounded dried shrimp and coconut in mortar and pestle

Step 5 - Dry fry and pound dried shrimps and desiccated coconut

  • In a separate pan on medium heat, dry fry dried shrimps for 2 to 4 minutes until lightly browned.
  • In a separate pan on medium heat, dry fry desiccated coconut for 2 to 4 minutes until lightly browned.
  • With a mortar and pestle, pound toasted shrimps and toasted desiccated coconut until flaky. Set aside.
Jasmine rice with blue pea flower water in rice cooker

Step 6 - Fluff up rice and mix in blue pea flower water

  • Fluff up the rice and pour in 2 Tbsp bluepea flower water. Mix well.

Plate and serve!

Nasi Kerabu, shrimp cracker, belacan, salted egg and ginger salad on a plate

Pack the blue rice into a rice bowl and flip it over into your serving plate to create a nice round shape. Place flaked fish, shrimp crackers, blanched bean sprouts, halved salted egg and torch gingersalad around the rice. Top off the rice with 1 Tbsp spice paste. Serve hot.

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