Nasi kerabu, Malaysia

Nasi kerabu, Malaysia

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Nasi Kerabu is a famous dish from Malaysia. You could compare it with Nai Ulam which is a similar rice dish. The rice in Nasi Kerabu have a blue color which make it very easy to recognize. This dish is eaten together with fried chicken, fried shrimp cakes, turmeric fried kambong fish, dried pork, cucumber slices, cauliflower, kale, cassava leaves and sambal.

The blue color from the rice comes from the petals of Clitoria ternatea (butterfly-pea) flowers (kembang telang) used in cooking it
The rice can also be cooked with with plain white rice or rice cooked using turmeric. It is often eaten with solok lada and is also eaten with fried keropok

Nasi Kerabu will mostly be found at the east coast states of Malaysia. The 2 most likely places to find it are Lelantan and Terenggau.
Another place to find it is Thailand, people there call it khāoyam.

Got interested to make your own Nasi Kerabu? then here is a nice link where you can find the recipe.

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// Image thanks to Jemmy Sudirman Kok, Malaysia