Vegetarian Nasi Goreng Fried Rice

Nasi Goreng Recipe – Home Made By An Indonesian Chef

Nasi Goreng is famous everywhere and there are many many different recipes – luckily Rose is from Bali and has traveled extensively to more than 20 different provinces in Indonesia – so we are going to get a master class on Vegetarian Nasi Goreng which is such a healthy dish.

Vegetarian Nasi Goreng – Indonesian Fried Rice

The good thing this is quick and easy to make and apart from a few ingredients, you can certainly make it with ingredients you have in your pantry already. So read on for our full ingredients and method on our nasi goreng recipe.

Indonesian Nasi Goreng
Indonesian Nasi Goreng

What is Nasi Goreng?

Nasi Goreng is a fragrant Asian dish and is a version of fried rice. I just love the aromatic aroma and making the base paste is key. The name translates in English to “fried rice” and the basics for the dish you will likely have in your kitchen already and they are leftover rice (chilled), the traditional spices, and egg and vegetables.

See How To Make Nasi Kunning – a lovely Yellow Rice Dish.

What is different about our version of Nasi Goreng?

Well first Rose is from Indonesia – so this is her grandmother’s style of rice – really a simple but real nasi goreng recipe.

The list of ingredients is purposely short so it is easy for you to make – and while you may see complex recipes – if you can produce the taste with a smaller amount of ingredients for a dish like fried rice it is always better – plus the simple recipe is a very budget-friendly nasi goreng.

How To Make Vegetarian Fried Rice – Indonesian Style – Nasi Goreng

How to Make Nasi Goreng

Slice the green onion, shallot, chilli and crush the garlic.

Into a pestle and mortar (or food processor) put the shallot, chili garlic along with shrimp paste if you have decided to use it. Add a teaspoon of vegetable oil also and grind it up to a thick paste consistency.

What is nasi goreng paste made of?
Make Nasi Goreng Paste

Add the vegetable oil to your wok and heat over medium to high heat. Add the paste and cook it out – for about 3-4 minutes – you will smell the release of aroma from the paste and that will tell you it is cooked.

Cook Nasi Goreng Paste
Cook Nasi Goreng Paste

Add the cooked rice to the wok, and stir around to get the paste all through the rice. If you have taken the rice from the fridge, you may need to use a spatula to break it up so that the rice is free-flowing.

Add the vegetables to the dish and stir fry while all the time mixing the rice and vegetables. do this for 3-4 minutes.

Add Vegetables to Nasi Goreng
Add Vegetables to Nasi Goreng

Add the kecap manis (sweet soy sauce) and the regular soy sauce and stir well. If you are adding the cashews for extra texture – now is the time. – I also find adding some unsalted peanuts gives the stir-fried rice recipe a little more texture.

Kecap Manis Added To Rice
Kecap Manis Added To Rice

Make a space in the wok (just to the side – see the photo below) and put in a little oil and pour in the eggs – allow them to cook for 1 minute before mixing them back into the rice mixture – also see our video on how we do this.

Add Egg To Nasi Goreng
Add Egg To Nasi Goreng

Now you are ready to plate up. If you wish you can also use a non-stick frying pan instead of a wok.

Garnished Nasi Goreng
Garnished Nasi Goreng

Portion the fried rice amongst 4 bowls. Garnish with a generous helping of really anything you like and if you like you could do a quick squeeze of lime juice on the dish before eating.

Vegetarian Nasi Goreng Fried Rice

How To Make Authentic Nasi Goreng By Indonesian Chef Rose.
Prep Time12 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Nasi Goreng - Indonesian fried rice
Servings: 4
Calories: 224kcal
Author: Rose
Cost: $6

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 3 garlic clove
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 tablespoon ketjap manis
  • 1 teaspoon Soy Sauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons cashew nuts optional
  • 1 teaspoon shrimp paste optional
  • 1 cucumber - for some garnish
  • 1 teaspoon salt and pepper for seasoning
  • 1 cup Corn Peas and Bell Pepper we got these from frozen

Instructions

  • Vegetables: Slice the green onion, shallot, chilli and crush the garlic.
  • Make Paste: Into a pestle and mortar (or food processor) put the shallot, chili garlic along with the shrimp paste if you have decided to use it. Add a teaspoon of vegetable oil also and grind it up to a thick paste consistency.
  • Cook Paste Add the vegetable oil to your wok and heat over medium to high heat. Add the paste and cook it out - for about 3-4 minutes - you will smell the release of aroma from the paste and that will tell you it is cooked.
  • Rice Add the cooked rice to the wok, and stir around to get the paste all through the rice. If you have taken the rice from the fridge, you may need to use a spatula to break it up so that the rice is free-flowing.
  • Add Vegetables: Add the vegetables to the dish and stir fry while all the time mixing the rice and vegetables. do this for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add Sauce Add the kecap manis (sweet soy sauce) and the regular soy sauce and stir well. If you are adding the cashews for extra texture - now is the time.
  • Cook Egg Make a space in the wok and put in a little oil and pour in the eggs - allow them to cook for 1 minute before mixing them back into the rice mixture - see our video on how we do this. 
  • Plate Up: Now you are ready to plate up. Now you can also use a non stick frying pan instead of a wok.

Notes

Portion the fried rice amongst 4 bowls. Garnish with a generous helping of really anything you like and if you like you could do a quick squeeze of lime juice on the dish before eating.

Nutrition

Calories: 224kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 243mg | Potassium: 124mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 119IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg

Other ingredients that are commonly used are

  • brown rice
  • basmati rice
  • jasmine rice
  • sambal oelek
  • fried egg
  • tofu
  • spring onion
  • green beans
  • ginger
  • chilli sauce
  • brown sugar
  • coconut oil
  • sesame oil
  • roasted peanuts

How to make Vegan Nasi Goreng?

Leave out the egg, and check the kecap manis has vegan-friendly ingredients.

Can you Freeze Nasi Goreng?

You can easily freeze nasi goreng for up to 3 months. It freezes well.

Does Nasi Goreng have Meat?

No, it does not have to – while there are many – literally thousands of variations of nasi goreng – it does not have to have meat, there are even paneer versions.

Can you fry uncooked rice?

No – not to make this dish.

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