Nasi Kerabu Kelantan (Kelantan Herb Rice Salad)

Nasi Kerabu is one of the classic dishes of Kelantan. Kerabu is Malay salad with a mixture of herbs, vegetables and fruits. Just like the northern Nasi Ulam recipe, Nasi Kerabu Kelantan is also a very healthy dish, that requires a lot of slicing action of herbs and vegetables. But Nasi Kerabu requires much more tedious preparation work due to many components that makes up the dish. If you know me by now, I would skip a tedious recipe. Actually my eyes did start to glaze before I could reach half of the instruction.. It happens every time I read something complicated, scientific or historical, it’s like my mind just automatically switched to ‘sleeping mode’.

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 4 Servings
  • Prep
    60 mins
  • Cook
    60 mins
  • Serve in
    120 mins


  •   200g rice
  •   8 butterfly pea flower (Bunga Telang) - soaked in hot water or a few drops of blue coloring
  •   2 kaffir lime leaves (Daun Limau Purut)
  •   1 stalk Lemongrass - bruised
  •   1 Mackerel - grilled / pan fry and remove the flesh
  •   80g Grated coconut
  •   1/2 teaspoon salt
  •   1 teaspoon sugar
  •   4 shallots
  •   1cm ginger - peeled
  •   1/4 tsp ground white pepper
  •   3 dried chillies - soaked with hot water to soften
  •   4 shallots - peeled
  •   300ml coconut milk
  •   1 piece dried sour fruit (Asam gelugur / Asam keping)
  •   1 stalk lemongrass (serai) lightly bruised
  •   1/2 teaspoon sugar
  •   1/2 teaspoon salt
  •   1 teaspoon budu / Salted anchovy sauce
  •   cucumber
  •   cabbage leaves
  •   bean sprouts do not slice
  •   long beans
  •   four angled bean
  •   Vietnamese Mint (Daun Kesum)
  •   Kaffir Lime Leaves (Daun Limau Parut)
  •   Lemongrass
  •   Torch Ginger Buds (Bunga Kantan)
  •   Onion
  •   Daun Penna
  •   Cashew nuts leaves / Pucuk Gajus
  •   Prawn crackers (Keropok)
  •   Boiled Salted Egg (Telur Masin)
  •   Fried Fish (Ikan Goreng Tepung)
  •   Grilled Beef (Daging Bakar)
  •   Fried Chicken (Ayam Goreng)