Vegetarian Nasi Goreng

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Nasi Goreng – basically Indonesian fried rice – is a really delicious dish which isn’t as popular as I think it should be. It’s easy to make and seriously tasty. This is my take – a vegetarian Nasi Goreng. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

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There are certain things that make a Nasi Goreng. One of those is kecap manis – a sweet soy sauce. Now, unfortunately my local supermarkets have not quite reached the multicultural 21st century and did not have any – nor did I have time to jump online – so I have made this with sugar in the spice paste and a little normal soy sauce. If you have kecap manis, omit the sugar from the spice paste and use it in place of the soy. If you don’t have it, well – here’s the recipe for you!

Nasi Goreng is traditionally served with a fried egg on top. Cook it simply and let that runny egg drip into the rice – yum!

This is a vegetarian version – Nasi Goreng often has meat or fish and dried shrimp. I’ve left those out to make it deliciously meat free.

Vegetarian Nasi Goreng – The Ingredients

  • Peanuts – add a delicious nutty taste to the spice paste.
  • Shallot – I used banana shallot but you can use any type.
  • Garlic – use as much as you like! Six large cloves gave this a whack of flavour.
  • Ginger – fresh ginger adds a hint of spice.
  • Red chilli – you can make this as spicy or as mild as you like. I used one red chilli to add just a little warmth (my chillies were quite mild). Leave out if you don’t want that chilli hum.
  • Turmeric – ground turmeric gives this dish colour and warmth.
  • Nutmeg – ground nutmeg is an incredible flavour in this dish – it runs underneath everything and lifts it up. Delicious!
  • Palm sugar – to add sweetness. As mentioned above, omit this if you are using kecap manis.
  • Olive oil – to bind the spice paste.
  • Cooked rice – as with any other fried rice recipe, this is made with cooked rice. You could use those packets of cooked white rice from the supermarket. Any white rice will do.
  • Carrot – one large carrot is all you need.
  • Mushrooms – chestnut mushrooms add a nice bit of texture to this nasi goreng.
  • Peas – frozen peas are an awesome staple to have in the freezer and bring sweetness to this dish.
  • Eggs – perfectly fried eggs with a runny yolk make this nasi goreng so delicious! Use fresh eggs!
  • Prawn crackers – a big handful of prawn crackers to scoop up that rice are a necessity. Make sure your prawn crackers are vegetarian friendly (lots are).

Cooking the Recipe

This is a simple recipe to cook for your dinner. Here are some tips to make it a success:

  • Be careful not to overcook the spice paste. Nobody likes the taste of burnt garlic! If it starts cooking too fiercely, just turn the heat down.
  • The peas only need a few minutes of cooking time. Put them in right at the end to make sure they keep their texture.
  • Frying the egg – put your oil in a nonstick frying pan on a medium-high heat and leave for a minute. Crack your egg in, and leave for two minutes, letting it crisp and bubble up. Then turn the heat down really low and put a lid over the frying pan (it doesn’t need to fit fully). Leave for 3-4 more minutes and you’ll get the most perfectly runny yolk with a fully cooked white.

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Vegetarian Nasi Goreng

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Harriet Young
Delicious vegetarian Indonesian style fried rice
5
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indonesian
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

Spice paste

  • 25 g peanuts
  • 1 banana shallot
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 25 g ginger
  • 1 red chilli
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp palm sugar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Rice

  • 500 g cooked rice
  • 1 tsp tomato puree
  • 1 carrot
  • 150 g chestnut mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 150 g frozen peas
  • 4 eggs
  • Prawn crackers to serve

Instructions
 

  • Put all of the ingredients for the paste (after peeling the ginger, garlic and shallot) into a food processor and whiz until they make a smoothish paste.
  • Put the paste into a large pan and heat for 30 seconds, until it becomes fragrant.
  • Add the cooked rice, tomato puree, sliced carrot, chopped mushrooms and soy sauce. Fry for 5 minutes, stirring often, then add 100ml water.
  • Put a lid on the pan and cook on a low heat for 10 minutes.
  • Add the peas to the rice and heat through.
  • Fry the eggs in a separate pan (see tips above). Season each egg with salt and pepper.
  • To serve, top a generous portion of the rice with the shallots and a fried egg, and serve with the prawn crackers on the side.
Keyword rice, vegetarian

5 responses to “Vegetarian Nasi Goreng”

  1. 5 stars
    This is a delicious and satisfying dish. The combination of fresh vegetables and flavorful spices makes for a perfect meat-free meal.

  2. 5 stars
    We loved this dish so much, and this homemade recipe is even better! Brings so many beautiful memories! Thank you!

  3. 5 stars
    I often enjoy fried eggs with white rice, but this Nasi Goreng is next level delicious!!!

  4. 5 stars
    Yum! I love Nasi Goreng. Yours looks amazing with all those spices and especially the fried egg on top.

  5. 5 stars
    I made this nasi goreng with dinner last night and it was delicious! The perfect side dish for any meal!

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