Nasi Himpit (Syn: Nasi Impit and Nasi Kapit)

  • 1 cup of white rice
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 pandan leaf
  • a pinch of salt
  • a pinch of lime (or kapur sireh, in Malay)
  1. Boil the rice with all the ingredients until soft.
  2. Once cooked, mash the rice and then wrap in muslin cloth in a tray or receptacle about ¾ inch thick.
  3. A weight placed on top of the cooked rice will compact the cake nicely. It's not obligtory though, it just gives a finer product.
  4. Leave the rice to cool. 
  5. Cut into small squares or cubes, the size of a spoonful feed, when the rice is completely cold.
This dish can be served with either the kuah kacang (also called satay gravy) or eat with the ever delicious chicken or beef rendang.
Sometimes this compacted rice is included in a dish known as "lontong", a soupy curry-like dish with veggies, popular in the Malaysian state of Johor.