Nasi Tomato ("Tomato Rice") is one of the popular traditional rice dishes of the Malays in Pahang and also in other states of Malaysia.
Nasi Tomato can sometimes be found, in place of plain white rice, in established restaurants and hotels as part of the offerings for Malay cuisine for lunch or dinner.
Well, to those surfers of Pahang-Delights with inclination to cook, (and from the e-mails received I know there are many of you), here’s the recipe given by my daughter Natasya (who graduated in culinary science in college), for you to try.
But it looks like this recipe has been given a modern touch when evaporated milk is used instead of the traditional coconut milk!.
The taste of this traditional rice dish is sweeter because of the tomato paste (sometimes tomato puree is used or added) that is blended and mixed with the plain white rice.
Sometimes too, raisins and cashew-nuts are added into the mixture to give a more varied taste, similar to nasi beriyani (beriyani rice).
And of course, just add salads or what Malays call "ulam" or raw vegetables to complement the dish. And eat to your heart's delight!
So, don't forget to try this dish whenever you're in Pahang.
As always, from me ...