Vegetarian Nasi Goreng - Indonesian Fried Rice

March 2, 2014

This is a National dish of Indonesia. Nasi goreng can simply refer  to fried pre-cooked rice or left over rice, a meal including stir-fried rice in small amount of cooking oil typically spiced with kecap manis (sweet soy sauce), shallot, garlic, chilly and accompanied with other ingredients, such as egg, meat and fish.  Here I, have made it vegetarian by not using egg, meat or fish.  This rice is a one pot meal, you do not require any accompaniment with this dish.  Its a meal in itself.  You can make it spicy according to your taste. H and me enjoyed this rice.  There are many ingredients in this dish which you can substitute or even eliminate, it does not change the taste of the dish.  Do not get discouraged to prepare this dish by looking at the long list of ingredients, let me assure you that this dish is easy and quick to make.  So here is the recipe.

2 cups raw rice (either white, brown or red rice) (I used Sruti Kolam)
1 large carrot, peeled and cut into matchsticks
12 french beans, finely chopped
4 bunches bok choy, roughly quartered ( I omitted this)
1/2 head of cabbage, finely shredded
4-5 shallots, chopped (Madras onions)
2 garlic pods, grated or minced
1 Tablespoon red chilli sauce
1 stalk celery, finely chopped  ( I omitted this)
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper  (I used white pepper powder)
2 tablespoon sweet dark soy sauce (kecap manis) or you could use regular dark soy sauce with 2 tsp palm sugar  or jaggery ( I used soya sauce 2 tablespoon and a teaspoon of jaggery)
Salt ( according to taste)
4 tbsp vegetable/peanut oil ( I used groundnut oil)

For the ground paste
1 large ripe tomato
1 tsp coriander seeds
4 garlic pods,
4 large fresh red chilies (You can used 4 dry kashmiri red chilies) 
2 candle nuts (I used 4 almonds instead)

For garnish

1 bunch spring onion greens, chopped
Fried cashew nuts and/or fried shallots, Optional (I did not use this)
Chopped cilantro ( I used fresh coriander) 


Soak the rice for 30 minutes then cook  add few drops of peanut oil while cooking the rice, this will make the rice grainy and will not stick to each other. Do not cook the rice till it entirely soft strain it one stage before that. The rice once cooked  should be grainy.

Grind the tomato, garlic , red chillies, almonds & coriander  together to form a smooth paste and keep it aside.

In a large wok, heat the oil on medium flame add the chopped onions. Then add ground paste saute them till the sides starts leaving oil.  Add in the carrots, beans and cabbage and saute them till the vegetables are tender. Add the cooked rice, salt, pepper, red chilli sauce and sweet soy sauce.
Mix well till combined.  Garnish this chopped spring onion greens or cilantro/coriander.

Labels: Rice, Asian Cuisine, Healthy, Vegan, Indonesia
Sneha's Recipe
Sneha's Recipe

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