Indonesian Rice Goreng (Fried Rice)

29 Oct

So I was starving one Sunday afternoon, and my friend Nugraha was kind enough to whip this up for me!

This dish is basically Indonesian style Fried rice. Like all fried rice(s) is really quick and really easy (Abu, are you listening?) and very very filling, of course. Note, this isn’t  the traditional Nasi Goreng (though that also means ‘fried rice’) because that has ingredients like tamarind etc in it. This is more a modern interpretation.

Quick facts and tips: “Goreng” (from Nasi Goreng) for those of you who’ve heard it, means frying in LESS oil.

When making an Indonesian dish, always remember to add salt and sugar to the dish. This makes is flavoursome and works as a healthier option to ajinomoto i.e. mono sodium glutamate.

Phew! SO.

Getting back, here’s the basic recipe, but feel free to add/ subtract the vegetable and meat bits. I’ve taken pictures for every stage and also added a video to encourage you along the way. Enjoy!

What you need:

1 carrot peeled and diced

1 capsicum, chopped

2-3 chinese lettuce leaves (chopping these roughly will do. You can always just tear the leaves by hand. In case you don’t get this ingredient, just skip it.)

1/2 onion chopped

1 tsp garlic paste

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp chilli sauce

1 tsp Indonesian soya sauce (or you can use any other)

1/2 tsp chilli flakes

1 egg

300 gm boneless chicken cut into bite sized pieces

1/2 tsp black ground pepper

1/2 tsp white ground pepper

2 tbsp oil

1 cup rice (for 2 people), boiled

Salt to taste


What to do:

Toss chicken in white and black pepper and keep aside.

Toss chicken in pepper

In a pan, heat oil on high heat. Add garlic, onion, salt, sugar. Saute till onions become soft and garlic turns brown.

that smells like heaven...

Lower gas to medium heat. Add carrots, capsicum. Saute for 2-3 minutes. Add chicken and saute till it cooks. (Cooked chicken will turn white)

quick quick

Chicken first...

Add the chinese lettuce and crack the egg into the pan. You can always crack the egg at an earlier stage if you find it convenient.

...and then the egg

Now add the boiled rice and stir till you get a homogeneous consistency

add rice...

Your fried rice is almost ready. Now add the soya sauce, chilli sauce and chilli flakes.

almost there!

Yay! Its done! Wasn’t that easy?

Yay! Food!

If you’re feeling a wee bit fancy, you can garnish the rice with chopped spring onions. Prawn crackers or fried papad work as a great accompaniment too 🙂 Enjoy!

Nugraha looking happy after finishing the dish


One Response to “Indonesian Rice Goreng (Fried Rice)”

  1. honeybeeluvsjackfruit November 14, 2010 at 11:54 am #

    Cute pic of Nugraha!!! I want to make this for lunch tomorrow. yum. (will leave out the chicken though)

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