Friday, April 1, 2011

Satay Kajang Malaysia - Pressed Rice/Nasi Himpit

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)
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.

Serve rice with satay and peanut sauce.


  1. Very nice picture instruction. Homemade pressed rice will definitely taste better from those bought from the store.

  2. Dear Quay Po Cooks,

    Thanks for the compliment. Yes, it does taste better than store bought nasi himpit packs. I bought some from Malaysia when I went for a visit 2 years ago. It was less than appetizing.


  3. I live in the US and I was told that we don't have pressed rice so this was very refreshing to see that I can still have my pressed rice

    1. Yes, and it is so easy to prep too. If you are in a hurry, I do know that some Asian grocery stores carry the Adabi brand nasi himpit in easy to cook pack.