Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Nasi Gembuli

Hari Raya fell on Sun. 20 Sept'09, the start of the Muslim calendar month of Syawal. One whole month of feasting if you are game for it.

Ok I have been asked time and time again for the recipe for 'Nasi Gembuli'. Believe me if it sounds strange to you, it still does to me. I learnt this from my Indonesian maid many years ago and have been serving it for most feasting accassions at my house. So here it is if anyone out there is interested in trying. I will not be putting exact measurements to the ingredients because I am one of those who goes by "agak-agak" method (approximation). Sorry folks no pictures to show.

The ingredients are:

Beras (rice)
Oil for frying
Santan - mixture of thick and thin coconut milk. (Agak- agak lah-too much thick santan and it will be too rich)
Salt to taste
Onions, sliced
Garlic, sliced
Ginger, julienned
Fresh kunyit (tumeric) - julienned
Serai (lemongrass)- bruised
Pandan leaves,daun limau perut (Kaffir lime leaves) and Daun kunyit


Heat up the electric rice cooker. (Sorry I don't do convention method).
Add oil and fry onions, garlic and ginger till fragrant.
Add rice and stir to mix in all the ingredients.
Add santan and enough water to the rice (Measurement based on how much rice you use).
Add salt to taste. Then add in the daun limau perut, serai, daun kunyit, daun pandan and fresh kunyit.
Cook rice.
When cooked serve rice with curry or ayam kuzi and salad.


Best cooked using Basmathi Rice.

The recipe for ayam kuzi will be coming soon. Meanwhile you can experiment with your own curry to go with nasi gembuli. ENJOY!


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Fasting & Hari Raya Aidil Fitri

Ramadhan is almost over. The days seem to pass in a flash. Seems like it was just yesterday that I was strolling past the food stalls at the Ramadhan bazaar in Kelana Jaya when I bumped into Tini and Paul busy buying nasi kerabu. That was actually at the start of Ramadhan. In 4 days time it will be Syawal and the celebration of Aidil Fitri will begin. I have yet to make preparations for Hari Raya. Looks like it will a 'last minute' thingy again in the hunt for raya cookies and maybe a 'baju raya' for the first day. Insyallah. God willing, we should have a modest Raya.