Express Brown Rice with Traditional Herb Salad
Daun Kaduk
Daun LImau Purut


2 1/2 cups brown rice
4 cups water
1 tbs olive oil
1 tsp salt
Thinly slice the following herbs (ulam):
10 large pieces wild pepper leaves
2 stalks lemon grass, white part only
3 pieces kaffir lime leaves
1 large tumeric leaf
Other ingredients:
1 cup grated fresh coconut
Salt and pepper to taste
Pinch of sugar, to taste (optional)
When cooking rice, always make sure you use the same cup to measure your rice and water for perfect results every time.


1.Place rice, water, oil and salt into the rice cooker pot. Cook in the rice cooker as for normal rice till done.
2.Meanwhile, in a dry sauce pan, pan fry coconut over low heat till light golden. Set aside.
3.As soon as the rice is cooked, switch off heat and open the lid. Remove pot from cooker, fluff up rice gently with a fork or chopsticks. Allow to cool till room temperature.
4.Transfer rice to a large mixing bowl, throw in all the herbs and toasted coconut. Toss lightly to combine.
5.Season to taste with salt, pepper and sugar.

Nasi Ulam Perang Express

Quickie x Healthy x Tasty! That’s what this dish is all about. Nasi Ulam Perang Express or Express Brown Rice Salad with Traditional Herbs is the IT way to get your delicious dose of fiber and wellness nutrients with a super easy recipe. 

Contrary to popular belief, rice can be a healthy carbohydrate. Brown rice still contain their germ and bran layers, providing us with a range of important nutrients including B vitamins, bone-building phosphorus and magnesium. Instead, white rice is highly processed and most of these important nutrients have been removed.

Additionally, the dietary fiber (about 5 grams per cooked cup) in brown rice slows down digestion. More importantly, it helps diminish those hunger craves that lead to belly busting junk-food binges. Best of all, brown rice has a great nutty flavor absent from white rice. 

Ulam ulam or traditional village herbs like wild pepper leaves, lemon grass, turmeric leaves and kaffir lime leaves are typically known to support overall wellness. They detoxify, aid digestion, boost metabolism, enhance skin/ hair health and minimize  inflammation. That’s good looks from within! 

I’ve chosen these herbs for this recipe because they are easy to obtain and can even be grown in your garden (like I did!).

Cook happy, eat happy, look good! Now that’s life…..