A super delicious, healthy recipe for Vegetable Fried Rice (Nasi Goreng) that is packed with veggies and loads of flavor. It's easy to adapt for any diet and is naturally gluten-free. It's also a great way to use up left-over rice.
300gwhole grain basmati rice,(cooked ahead of time and cooled completely)
2tablespoonsextra-virgin olive oil
2-3large garlic cloves,minced
1tablespoonfreshly grated ginger
1/4teaspoon turmeric powder
1tablespoonsoft brown sugar
1fresh red chili,thinly sliced
1head of broccoli,cut into small florets
1-2handfuls frozen peas
1handfulshredded red cabbage tossed in before serving or 2 handfuls shredded Chinese cabbage(which can be added along with the other vegetables)
Sambal Oelek chili paste
Heat the oil in a large deep skillet or wok over medium heat. Add the shallots, garlic and ginger and cook for 3-5 minutes, until shallots have softened.
Add the curry, turmeric and tomato paste. Cook for 1 minute, stirring, then add the pre-cooked rice. Cook, strirring well to incoporate the spices, for about 10 minutes, until lightly browned.
Add the soya sauce and brown sugar stir well to combine.
Add the fresh chili, broccoli and peas, cover and cook over medium heat for 5 or more minutes, until the vegetables reach the desired consistency. Mix in the shredded red cabbage, if using.
Spoon into bowls. Serve with Sambal Olek (chilli paste) plus a wedge of lime. Enjoy!
The rice should be cooked 2-3 hours before it is fried, so that it has time to become cold. Why? Well, cold rice won’t stick together when it hits the wok. Which I think makes it takes way better. If you don’t have pre-cooked rice then simply cook your rice and then spread it out onto a large plate or tray to allow it to cool completely before proceeding with the recipe.
Traditionally, the recipe is topped with fried egg or omelet. If you like, top it with a fried free-range organic egg. Or to keep it vegan while adding a little extra protein, top with cashews or add firm tofu to the recipe when frying the pre-cooked rice.
The use of Sambal Oelek is key to a flavorful vegetable fried rice. Instead of adding this directly to the rice dish, I let everyone add as much as they want once the dish is complete. This way you can enhance the flavor with just a little Sambal Oelek or a lot if you are a fan of spicy. I recommend adding just a little to start with and continue adding more until you reach the desired spice level.