Nasi Lemak Make you Fat?
A packet of my breakfast last week
Do you really think eating Nasi Lemak will make you fat? Is it because of its high coconut oil/ santan content? I once read some articles of coconut oil, I came to know that it has many health benefits than other oil. Here is one of the Health Benefit of Coconut Oil you can read on.
I really want to know if there are some other reasons why Nasi Lemak is said to make us Malaysian fat or obese. I would support the idea of controlling the sales of those processed food, like nuggets, fried fries, fried mashed potatoes cakes, oily noodles, and sausages in the school canteen.
Whenever my girls ask for sausages in their meals, I would stare at them with my sharpest eyes, always remind them that this is "lousy food", can only be eaten occasionally.
I am not a big fan of Nasi Lemak, but reckon that the sale of this famous, delicious and affordable Malaysian delicatessen should not be controlled until a true nutritional facts of it has been thoroughly studied.
Healthy Nasi Lemak @ Home
Healthy nasi lemak... is it a dream? Can it be possible? Never has there been such excitement over a meal. We tried out some ideas. So is it guilt-free? Almost. But does it take care of your NL cravings? Read on...
Ok let’s face the facts…as wonderfully delicious as nasi lemak is, it’s terribly unhealthy. This is mostly due to the rice that is cooked with santan and the ikan bilis that is fried. So this got us thinking…if we could eliminate the unhealthy elements could we create something that tastes just as good?
The verdict? Our healthy version of nasi lemak totally kicked ass and checked on all the crucial points! Is it truly healthy? Does it taste like regular nasi lemak? Would we pay to eat this? Check, check, and check! This worked out incredibly well and those who are laying off nasi lemak for health reasons will be able to eat it regularly without a worry.
For starters, we decided to cook with basmati rice as it has a lower glycaemic index and is less starchy than regular white rice and therefore healthier. It’s cooked with a bit of milk for creaminess (you can even omit this or use low fat for less calories), water and ginger for a beautiful aroma. To get that lovely coconutty fragrance we tossed the cooked rice with a little bit of virgin coconut oil. This oil has many health benefits such as stress relief, maintaining cholesterol levels, weight loss, and increased immunity due to its antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial and soothing properties. It is a healthy fat that contributes to a well-rounded diet rather than taking away from it… a tablespoon of this a day keeps the doctor away! Add it to your rice and take comfort in the fact that it’s doing your body some good. What a change from the usual santan rice huh?
Instead of frying our ikan bilis we dry cooked it in the microwave.
We like the slightly larger ikan bilis for the sambal.
Just zap it for 4mins on a paper towel on a dish and you’ll have perfectly crisp ikan bilis without the oil. You can also choose to lay it out on some foil and bake it in the oven. We used the oven method for the ikan bilis that was going in the sambal. Both were good.
As for the sambal, while making this we worked with this general rule…less is more. There was less oil in the frying process and less sugar. We also chose to go with raw organic brown sugar but gula Melaka would work just as well.
For our chicken we thought a 'healthier' version of chicken curry might be fun. So we marinated chicken with yogurt, curry powder and a bunch of spices and then baked in the oven for 40mins (about 180 celcius oven). The vibrant spices gave the chicken a whole lot of taste without packing on the calories. I guess the only thing is that there's no gravy. You can also just marinade it with yogurt, salt and turmeric for a more fried chicken flavour.
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