Pressed rice or Nasi Himpit is a great condiment for Satay and the perfect starch for Lontong~ a mild vegetable curry dish popular in Malaysia. As promised, here is the recipe to make the pressed rice, following the satay recipe I have posted earlier.
Pressed Rice (Nasi Himpit) Ingredients
1 cup uncooked rice, washed and drained
2 cups water
1 tsp salt
1 pandan leaf (screwpine leaf), washed and tied in a knot
2 pieces of banana leaves
Step 1: Place rice and water in a saucepan covered. Turn heat onto high and let it come to a boil. As soon as it boils, turn heat down to low. Let rice steam in saucepan for 25 mins till water has fully evaporated.
Step 2: Line a 8x8 baking dish with a piece of banana leaf. Pour rice onto baking dish.
Step 3: Using a spatula, smooth rice over baking dish.
Step 4: Cover rice with another layer of banana leaf and pressed onto rice.
Step 5: Place a smaller square pan onto the banana leaf.
Step 6: Place weight onto the pan to help compress the rice into shape. Let rice cool and pressed for at least 2 hours.
Step 7: Using a knife, slice rice into 1.5inch cube.