Nasi Kerabu

Nasi Kerabu (Mixed Herb Rice)

By Atika Lim  , , , ,

May 2, 2016

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A typical Malay dish, nasi kerabu is exotic blue rice with fried fish and vegetables, accompanied by sambal coconut.

  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yields: 6 Servings


3 medium-size kembung or mabung fish

1 tsp fine salt

1 tsp ground turmeric


10 shallots

4 cloves garlic

15 g ginger

2 tbsps chilli paste

100 ml water

2 tamarind slices

2 stalks lemongrass, crushed

200 g box coconut milk or thick fresh

coconut milk

2 tbsps budu sauce

2 tbsps sugar

Salt and pepper to taste


1 grated coconut, pan fry till light brown

2 kembung fish, steam and flake out fish meat

8 shallots, sliced

3 stalks lemon grass, sliced thinly

Sugar and salt to taste


10 fresh butterfly pea flowers (bunga telang)

125 ml hot water

300 g rice

350 ml water

3 kaffir lime leaves

2 stalks lemon grass, crushed

1 tbsp salt


2 long beans, cut 0.5 cm-long pieces

¼ cabbage, shredded

½ cucumber, shredded

1 ginger flower, sliced finely

1 onion, sliced thinly

4 four-angled beans, sliced thinly

50 g bean sprouts


1To make sauce, blend shallots, garlic and ginger into a paste. In a pot, heat 3 tbsps oil. When hot, fry chilli paste for 30 secs, add in blended paste and fry mixture for another 3 mins.

2Add in 100 ml water, tamarind slices and crushed lemongrass. Cook for 2 mins over medium heat.

3Add in coconut milk and season with budu and sugar, stirring continuously until oil starts to separate.

4To make sambal coconut, combine coconut, fish, shallots and lemongrass. Season with sugar and salt to taste.

5To make rice, infuse bunga telang with hot water for 10 mins. Strain liquid and set aside. Put rice, water, bunga telang liquid, kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass and salt in a rice cooker and cook as normal.

6Marinate fish with salt and ground turmeric. Deep fry it in oil until lightly golden in colour. Set aside.

7To serve, place cooked rice with fried fish, sauce, kerabu vegetable mix, and sambal coconut on the side.

Photo: Eric Tay

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