Nasi Minyak and Sambal Prawns with Arabic Salad
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Nasi Minyak and Sambal Prawns with Arabic Salad

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Level

easy

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Cooking

45 min

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Preparation

60 min

Ingredients

Servings

5
Prawn
deshelled and deveined
500 g
Yellow Onion
1
Shallots
3
Garlic
3
Lemongrass
1
Ginger
2 cm
Ghee
melted
2 tbsp
Basmati Rice
2 cups
Star Anise
1
Cinnamon Stick
1
Green Cardamom
2
Pandan Leaf
knotted
1
Evaporated Milk
unsweetened
100 ml
Salt
14 tsp
Turmeric Powder
12 tsp
Coriander
for garnish
1 bunch
Dried Red Chillies
deseed half, cut into 1 inch segments
20
Shrimp Paste
1 tbsp
Large Onion
1/2 thinly sliced and the other 1/2 roughly chopped
1
Sugar
1 tbsp
Lime
juice
1 tbsp
Cucumber
deseeded and cut into 1 cm cubes
2
Tomatoes
deseeded and cut into 1 cm cubes
2
Red Bell Pepper
deseeded and cut into 1 cm cubes
1
Radish
cut into 1cm cubes
4
Fresh Parsley
washed and leaves only
1 bunch
Green Onion
green part only
2
Olive Oil
3 tbsp
Sea Salt
1 tsp
Lemon
juice
1
Black Pepper
12 tsp

How to cook

Prepare nasi minyak

  • Turn on rice cooker and select “cook” function. Warm up for 2 minutes.
  • Add in the melted ghee. After 10 seconds, add in the lemongrass stalk, shallots, onion and ginger.
  • Saute until soft. Add in the garlic and gently fry.
  • Stir in the star anise, clove, cardamom pods and cinnamon stick and continue frying until fragrant.
  • Add in the pandan leaf and stir for 30 seconds before adding in the washed rice.
  • Add the evaporated milk, water and salt into the pot.
  • Mix well and once it bubbles, close the lid and cook as per normal white rice function.
  • Once the rice cooker is done, set it to “keep warm” function.
  • Open the lid and remove the spices before mixing the turmeric with the water mixture.
  • Add in the raisins and coriander. Mix thoroughly.
  • To serve, garnish with crispy shallots, more coriander and roasted cashews.

Prepare sambal prawns

  • Deseed half the red chillis and cut them into 1-inch segments.
  • Soak them in a bowl of hot water for 15 minutes to rehydrate.
  • In a blender, add in the roughly chopped half portion of onion, garlic, shrimp paste and drained chillies.
  • Blend into a fine paste and set aside.
  • If the paste is too dry, you can drizzle in water until it forms a paste-like consistency.
  • Heat up a wok and cook the half portion of sliced onions and saute until soft.
  • Add in the sambal paste and continue frying for 2 minutes.
  • Add the water, salt and sugar to the mix and bring it to a simmer.
  • Reduce heat and cook for 20 minutes until sambal is reduced and thickened.
  • Add in the prawns, bring the heat back up and cook for about 3 minutes until the prawns are cooked.
  • Turn off the stove and stir in the lime juice before serving.

Prepare salad

  • In a large mixing bowl, add cucumbers, tomatoes, red bell pepper and radish.
  • Chop a whole bunch of fresh parsley and add it to the mixing bowl.
  • Add in the green onions (green parts only).
  • Add in the olive oil, lemon juice, salt and black pepper.
  • Toss your salad well to combine.
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