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January 31, 2014

Vegetarian Nasi Goreng Recipe | Indonesian Fried Rice Recipe

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Nasi goreng recipe with tomato soup
Nasi goreng or Indonesian fried rice recipe is a popular rice dish in Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia. It was in my try list for long time. I took this recipe from a magazine. I had already tried chinese style”Chilli garlic fried rice”which is a hit recipe in my blog. So I confidently tried this recipe too.

This is a very simplified recipe and may not be the authentic one. I compared this recipe with some of the vegetarian nasi goreng recipes on net,modified it and prepared for sunday lunch along with tomato soup. We had a nice international lunch menu  at home. I used shallow fried tofu and spring onions as per the magazine recipe.

For variations and make it more healthy, you can also add thinly sliced vegetables. Do try this recipe with ur variations this weekend. Have a happy meal. It is often served with various sides like fresh vegetables such as lettuce, sliced cucumber, and sliced tomatoes. But I served it with plain tomato sauce. It tasted simply yummy !

Nasi goreng - Indonesian fried rice

Nasi goreng recipe

Nasi goreng recipe Vegetarian Nasi goreng / Indonesian Fried rice recipe
Cuisine: International
Category: Lunch
Serves: 2
Prep time: 20 Minutes
Cook time: 15 Minutes
Total time: 35 Minutes

To pressure cook
  • Basmati rice - 1/2 cup
  • Water-3/4cup
To grind
  • Red chillies - 8 nos (I used kashmiri red chilli to get a nice color)
  • Garlic cloves – 6 nos
  • Small onions/Shallots - 3 nos
To Shallow fry
  • Tofu - 50 gms(cut into small cubes)
To saute
  • Gingely oil - 3 tbsp
  • Small onions/Big onion - 10 nos/1 no(finely chopped) 
  • Garlic cloves - 5 nos
  • Soya sauce – 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Salt- as needed
  • Spring onions – 2 tbsp (to garnish)
  • Wash and soak the basmati rice for 30 minutes. Pressure cook it adding 3/4 cup of water and a drop of oil.Remove and spread in a plate. Rice should cool completely and should be fluffy. Grind all the ingredients to make a smooth paste.nasi goreng tile1
  • Chop the onions and garlic cloves finely. Cube cut tofu into small pieces and shallow fry in 2 tbsp of oil. Remove in a tissue and set aside.
  • In a kadai, heat gingely oil and saute the onions, garlic cloves and the ground paste. Saute till the raw smell leaves completely.
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  • Now add the cooked rice,soya sauce and mix well. Finally add the shallow fried tofu pieces and toss well. Garnish with spring onions and serve hot !
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  • U can use the combination of brown rice and regular rice to get the reddish brown colored rice.
  • U can replace tofu by mixed vegetables. The original recipe called for deep frying tofu. But I shallow fried it. As I had cut the tofu into big pieces, I felt the masalas din’t infuse well inside tofu. So I feel cutting small pieces would help.

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Simplyfood said...

This dish looks really tasty, inviting you to send it to Flavours of the world grand finale event at

Eat n Eat little More said...

that looks quite tempting! :)

Shobha Kamath said...

Lovely red colour to the rice! Nice pics too!

Unknown said...

have never tasted them though have heard its name.. Bookmarked.. tempting me to try asap..

AparnaRajeshkumar said...

never tasted it. but wanted to try its appealing

Shanthi said...

wow..awesome recipe..beautifully done...

Priya said...

What a name ...Simply tempting rice ,especially the color ...Simple ingredients but with an international touch :)

Sangeetha M said...

wow..this sounds so good, can't wait to try it..looks the color & recipe. bookmarked!

Priya Anandakumar said...

Beautifully done and superb sis...

Suja Manoj said...

Tempting,makes me hungry

great-secret-of-life said...

so tempting clicks I have this in my draft too.. BTW you have missed Tofu in ingredients?

Chitra said...

Oh yes,thanks dear.will update :)

chow and chatter said...

looks delicious ;0) love all fried rice

Chef Mireille said...

one of my all time fave dishes - but just so you know we use Kecap Manis ( a sweet soy sauce almost like Molasses) instead of regular soy sauce when we make this. Part of my family is Indonesian.

Vikis Kitchen said...

Very nice rice. Looks delicious.

Chitra said...

Thanks for the information.I din't know this.Will update in my notes :) Thank u chef :)

Hema Krishnamohan said...

Wow. Simple continental recipe. Bookmarked. Nice to know there is a sweet soy sauce too, other than light and dark one. I like the suggestion of using brown rice and regular rice. It wl be total healthy food with tofu. Thank you.

Unknown said...

Looks super good...have seen this in a tv show . but never thought we can replicate it at home....good effort

nandoos kitchen said...

Wow! this looks so good. Delicious.

Engky Edogawa Philips said...

i'm from indonesia and i want to tell you about a flavor of nasi goreng tofu. it's very delicious food. i'm trying to review it. Check my blog :) 4 Olahan Nasi Goreng Ala Luar Negeri