Vegetarian Nasi Goreng – Indonesian Fried Rice | How to make Vegetarian Nasi Goreng – Indonesian Fried Rice

By Vanitha Bhat  |  31st Mar 2018  |  
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Vegetarian Nasi Goreng – Indonesian Fried Riceby Vanitha Bhat
  • Prep Time

    20

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  • Cook Time

    15

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  • Serves

    2

    People

10

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About Vegetarian Nasi Goreng – Indonesian Fried Rice Recipe

A staple of Indonesia, Nasi Goreng (literally means "fried rice") is a hearty, healthy and flavorful dish packed with fresh crunchy vegetables infused with oriental flavors like soy, chilli sauce and tamarind.

Vegetarian Nasi Goreng – Indonesian Fried Rice

Ingredients to make Vegetarian Nasi Goreng – Indonesian Fried Rice

  • ½ cup basmati rice
  • 2 to 3 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • ½ onion sliced
  • 2 to 3 cloves of garlic, chopped or sliced
  • ½ cup green beans, chopped
  • ½ cup chopped carrots
  • ½ cup sliced cabbage
  • 2 to 3 tsp red chilli paste/Sambar Olek/chilli garlic paste/red chilli sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar or jaggery
  • ½ tsp tamarind extract
  • salt to taste
  • pepper powder
  • coriander leaves
  • Serving suggestion:
  • Slices of cucumber and tomatoes
  • Roasted peanuts
  • Fried shallots

How to make Vegetarian Nasi Goreng – Indonesian Fried Rice

  1. Boil rice in water until just cooked, drain, rinse and spread on a plate to cool. Prepare rice at least a few hours ahead or the day before and refrigerate until ready to use. You can even use leftover rice to make Nasi Goreng.
  2. Add jaggery or brown sugar to soy sauce and keep aside. If using tamarind extract, soak a small marble-sized piece of tamarind in some water for a few minutes and extract about 2 to 3 tablespoons tamarind extract. Keep aside.
  3. Heat oil in a deep saucepan or work on medium high heat; once the oil is hot, add the onions and garlic and saute until the onions are translucent.
  4. Stir in the carrots and green beans and saute for a few minutes until the beans are slightly cooked.
  5. Tip in the cabbage and mix well; fry for a minute on medium high.
  6. Once the vegetables are slightly cooked (do not overcook), add the sambal oelek/red chilli paste/chili garlic paste/red chilli sauce along with soy sauce-sugar mixture and tamarind extract/tamarind paste and continue to stir for a minute.
  7. Add rice and pepper powder along with salt to taste and mix well. Once the rice is heated through and all the flavors are well incorporated, do a taste test and adjust the seasonings like salt, pepper, tamarind or chili paste.
  8. Garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves or chopped green onions and serve hot with a side of cucumber and tomato slices. For extra crunch and flavor you can sprinkle roasted peanuts for a crunchy topping.

My Tip:

It tastes even better the next day when the rice has absorbed all the flavors of soy, chilli sauce and tamarind! You can use any vegetable you have; that is the versatility of this dish. Do not overcook the vegetables, you need them tender crisp! Adjust the amount of chilli paste and pepper according to your taste.

Reviews for Vegetarian Nasi Goreng – Indonesian Fried Rice (1)

Triveni Narayana month ago

Good idea taken pic
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