Nasi Lemon dan Kismis (Lemon and Raisin Rice)

The Red Snapper Curry with Lemon & Raisin Rice

The Red Snapper Curry with Lemon & Raisin Rice

This recipe is a hand-me-down recipe. The rice is fragrant and there is a slight sweetness due to the raisins. Eaten with curry and some fresh greens it is refreshing.

Makes: 4 servings

Preparation Time: 30 minutes

Cooking Time: 10 – 15 minutes


  • 2 cups of Basmati rice, washed and drained
  • 4 cups of water*

(*the proportion to cooking Basmati rice is 2 cups of water for 1 cup of Basmati rice). You can also see my previous post on cooking Basmati rice here.

  • 40 grams of butter
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons of garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon of ginger paste
  • 2 teaspoons of ground shallots
  • 1 leaf of daun pandan or pandanus screwpine leaf, washed and knotted
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 clove of star anise
  • 2 cardamoms
  • 1 cube of Knorr’s chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • Salt and Seasoning powder to taste

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Nasi Arab (Makloubeh Rice)

We are into our second week of Hari Raya Idul Fitri and I am less busy now. Most of my close relatives have visited my home last weekend. Me and hubby hosted big crowds for three consecutive days. It may seem nothing for a veteran but for a young family, we are still learning the ropes of hosting.

Makloubeh Rice up close

Makloubeh Rice up-close. Turned upside down when serving. The chicken meat are on top folllowed by the potatoes, eggplant and rice.

I cooked quite a bit since last weekend. But I am happy to receive a lot of guests at my home because it gives me an excuse to cook a variety of dishes. So instead of serving the common dishes of Hari Raya and also partly because we ran out of food after a big crowd on the second day. I decided to whip up Nasi Arab or Makloubeh Rice which I had tried before.

So Makloubeh rice it was, with accompanying fried cubed potatoes, Sambal Goreng and Vegetable Curry I forgot to serve the Papadoms..tsk..tsk..tsk. The Makloubeh rice is already moist with gravy and actually do not require the extra curry but I made just in case. Continue reading

Roti Jala (Lacy Pancakes)

Jala is a ‘net’ (e.g. fishing net) in Malay. Roti Jala is a pancake, similar to crepes, the batter has to be thin and fluid. It is best eaten with curries or any creamy sauce.

Roti Jala (Lacy Pancakes)

There’s a special cup used to make Roti Jala. This cup (see below) is usually available at local household equipment shops in Asia namely Singapore and Malaysia. Continue reading

How to cook Basmati rice

Cooked Basmati Rice

Cooked Basmati Rice

I have been cooking basmati rice likeĀ  white rice. Just plain and uninteresting. Over time I learnt to cook basmati rice in a number of ways and I find this is the best method for me.

If you are cooking basmati rice in a closed lid pot then the appropriate proportion would be 1 cup of basmati rice to 2 cups of water. However do follow the instruction on the basmati rice package, if any.

Just as important is to wash the basmati rice until the water is clear. This is to wash off the starch that makes rice sticky. Then soak the basmati rice for at least 45 minutes. Continue reading