Recipe Fried rice

Nasi Goreng, meaning "fried rice" in Indonesian, is a flavorful and beloved dish that has a special place in Indonesian cuisine. It's versatile and can be customized with various ingredients to suit different tastes. Here's a simple recipe for making this delicious Indonesian fried rice, along with serving suggestions, tips, variations, and nutritional information.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cooked rice (preferably leftover rice)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 100 grams chicken, diced (optional)
  • 100 grams shrimp, peeled and deveined (optional)
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 cup mixed vegetables (such as peas, bell peppers, and green beans)
  • 2 tablespoons sweet soy sauce (kecap manis)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Sambal or chili sauce (optional for serving)
  • Sliced cucumber and tomato (for garnish)

Instructions:

  1. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat.
  2. Add minced garlic and chopped onion. Sauté until fragrant and onion becomes translucent.
  3. If using chicken or shrimp, add them to the skillet and cook until they are cooked through.
  4. Push the ingredients to one side of the skillet and pour the beaten eggs into the empty space. Scramble the eggs until they are fully cooked.
  5. Add diced carrots and mixed vegetables to the skillet. Stir-fry for a few minutes until they are slightly softened.
  6. Add the cooked rice to the skillet, breaking up clumps with a spatula.
  7. Pour sweet soy sauce and soy sauce over the rice. Stir well to combine all ingredients evenly.
  8. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Continue cooking for another 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the rice is heated and slightly crispy.
  9. Remove from heat and transfer the Nasi Goreng to serving plates.
  10. Serve hot with sliced cucumber, tomato, and sambal or chili sauce on the side.

Tips:

  • For best results, use day-old rice, which has a firmer texture and doesn't become mushy when fried.
  • You can customize Nasi Goreng with additional ingredients such as diced tofu, sliced sausage, or even leftover cooked meats.
  • Adjust the sweet and soy sauce sauce amount according to your preferences.
  • To make it spicier, add more chili sauce or sprinkle chopped fresh chili peppers before serving.

Variations:

  • Nasi Goreng Kambing: Substitute chicken or shrimp with diced goat meat for a rich and flavorful twist.
  • Nasi Goreng Seafood: Use a combination of shrimp, squid, and fish fillets for a seafood lover's delight.
  • Nasi Goreng Vegetarian: Omit the meat and add extra vegetables like mushrooms, broccoli, and baby corn for a wholesome vegetarian version.

Nutritional Information:

  • The nutritional content of Nasi Goreng can vary depending on the ingredients used and portion size. On average, a serving of Nasi Goreng (about 1 cup) contains approximately 300-400 calories.
  • The dish is a good source of carbohydrates, protein, and essential vitamins and minerals from the vegetables and protein sources.

Conclusion:

Nasi Goreng is a delicious and satisfying dish reflecting Indonesia's rich culinary heritage. Its simple ingredients and versatile nature make it easy to see why Nasi Goreng has become a favorite in Indonesia and worldwide. Whether enjoyed as a hearty breakfast, a quick lunch, or a comforting dinner, Nasi Goreng never fails to delight the taste buds. So, gather your ingredients and try this flavorful Indonesian fried rice—it's sure to become a staple in your culinary repertoire!

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