Nasi Lemak (Asian Coconut Rice Recipe)

Nasi Lemak (Asian Coconut Rice Recipe)

Nasi Lemak is a popular and simple coconut rice recipe which is the perfect accompaniment to a range of Asian curries, like our Bruneian Beef Rendang.

This simple yet wonderful dish is popular in a range of Asian countries including Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Take a look at our vegan asian recipes page for more like this!

Nasi Lemak (Asian Coconut Rice)

This traditional Bruneian rice recipe is infused with fresh coconut milk and cooked in traditional pandan (screwpine) leaves which you can find at your local asian supermarket or online. Ready in 20 minutes!

Course Side Dish
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 200 kcal


  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 2 pandan leaves
  • 1 can coconut milk


  1. Rinse and drain your rice before cooking. Add to a saucepan.

  2. Add the coconut milk, a pinch of salt, and water. Bring to the boil. 

  3. Add the pandan leaves into the rice and reduce heat to a simmer. Cover saucepan.

  4. Serve and garnish as you wish!

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