Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Grilled Stuffed Rice In Banana Leaves (Nasi Bakar) (Happy Call)

Very well loved by Indonesians
This authentic Indonesian dish is basically rice cooked in coconut milk wrapped in banana leaves with some fillings at the centre, and then grilled. Many different variations in terms of the filling
Mine used shredded chicken and silver fish, both cooked separately before being put in the rice. And I used my Happy Call pan to do the grilling :)
The fragrant from banana leaves makes the already yummy rice tasted even better, adding with the yummy filling, this dish doesn't need anything else, perhaps some spicy chilli paste :)

The picture below is the two fillings...

Recipe is from my mum...

What you need:

For the rice:
2 cups rice
3 bay leaves, rinsed
a stalk of lemongrass
coconut milk (I used 100ml Kara coconut milk)
salt, water

I cooked the rice in my rice cooker, mix all ingredients in it til cooked
(adjust the quantity of water according to your preference, not too soft, the best is the consistency of fried rice)

For the shredded chicken:
400g chicken breasts
5 cloves of garlic. minced
3 shallots, sliced thinly
1 thumb size  kaemferia galanga (in Indonesian: kencur)
2 bay leaves
75ml coconut milk (Kara)
1/2 tsp ground coriander
salt, pepper, sugar, sweet dark soya sauce (kecap manis)
a little oil
  1. Boil a pot of water with the chicken, bring to boil, discard the residue, simmer approximately 1 hour til chicken softened, after that scoop out the chicken from the stock and let cool
  2. After cooled, shred the chicken
  3. Chop garlic, shallots and kencur and then blend til forms smooth paste
  4. Add in shredded chicken, add in a little stock (approx 3 tbsp)
  5. Add in salt, pepper, sugar, coriander and kecap manis, mix well
  6. If it's too dry, you may add a little oil and keep stirring
For the silver fish:
100g silver fish, fry til crispy
3 shallots, sliced thinly
2 large red chillies, sliced thinly
sweet dark soya sauce (kecap manis), salt, sugar, water, a little oil
  1. Sautee shallots and chillies with oil on hot frying pan, add in kecap manis, salt, sugar, water and bring to boil, let simmer in medium fire til the mixture thickened
  2. Add in fried silver fish, stir til well combined
Mix coconut milk, water and salt in a pot, bring to boil, stir continuously til the mixture slightly thickened

To assemble: 
Cut banana leaves according to the preferred size (rectangle shape)
Spread rice on the leaf (the centre part), top it up with both fillings, top up with more rice, covering the filling
Pour 1-2 tbsp of topping and wrap the leaf
Secure each end with toothpick

Arrange the wrapped rice on Happy Call pan and grill til the leaves turned brown both sides

Pretty complicated and time consuming procedure but it's really worth the effort! :)

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