This Butterfly Blue Pea Nasi Lemak with the BEST Sambal recipe is *chef’s kiss*

OPEN for ingredients! This is Nasi Lemak, made super pretty with all-natural butterfly blue pea food colouring. Nasi Lemak or Coconut Rice is a favourite dish here in Singapore and Malaysia and is always served with some crunchy fried dried anchovies and peanuts and a delicious, spicy sweet sambal.

Of course, the blue pea food colouring is optional – it doesn’t actually add taste. Omit for an equally yummy, albeit boring :p, plate of Nasi Lemak.


Nasi Lemak:

  • 2 Cups Jasmine Rice
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Cream
  • 1 tsp Minced Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 3-4 Pandan Leaves, knotted (optional)
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Blue Food Colouring (optional):

  • 1-2 tbsps Butterfly Blue Pea Flowers
  • 1/4 cup Warm Water

Fried Ikan Bilis and Peanuts:

  • 200g Peanuts
  • 100g Dried Anchovies (Ikan Bilis)


  • Blend together:
    • 50g Dried Chillies, soaked in hot water
    • 50g or 1 large Red Onion
    • 30g or 5 cloves Garlic
    • 30g or 1 tbsp Ginger
    • 2 stalks Lemongrass, inner core
    • 20g or 1 tbsp Belachan, toasted
    • 2 tbsps of Ikan Bilis, fried
    • 1/4 cup Oil to blend
  • 1 tbsp Tamarind Paste, diluted in water to form a liquid
  • 50g Coconut Palm Sugar
  • 1 tsp Salt, or to taste
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