Nothing Like Nasi

Make some of the very best fried rice recipes

Fried rice, or nasi goreng, is widely hailed as the king of all Indonesian rice recipes. They're fried piping hot in a big wok on the streets and at home, addictively seasoned with sweet kecap manis, shrimp-infused sambal, and plump bits of mutton, chicken and savory seafood. It's the ultimate one-bowl meal of Indonesia

Easy

Nasi Goreng Gila

While Nasi Goreng Gila is made with the same spices as regular fried rice, this popular Indonesian variation contains an additional mix of delicious ingredients that can drive you - as its name suggests - 'crazy'. It’s rarely found outside Jakarta, so if you crave this hearty, mouthwatering dish with a spicy kick, we’ve got your back with this simple recipe.

Nasi Goreng Dendeng Lemak (Beef Jerky Fried Rice)

Out of all the nasi goreng (fried rice) recipes, this Nasi Goreng Dendeng Lemak is one of my favorites. You can choose to use store bought dendeng (beef jerky) but here, I will show you how easy it is to make it from scratch. Tip: It’s best to use fatty beef brisket for the jerky to give your nasi goreng that extra burst of flavor. A truly Indonesian rendition of the beloved fried rice, this dish is sure to satisfy your tastebuds with its savory blend of spices.

Nasi Goreng Rawon

Who doesn’t love fried rice? It’s the quintessential dish of Indonesia which can be eaten for breakfast, lunch and even for a late dinner. This recipe is a fusion between the beloved national dish and the East Javanese keluak-based beef dish, Rawon. With aromatic flavors from candlenut, ginger, turmeric and coriander, Rawon elevates the humble fried rice to the next level. Make sure you cook the keluak through to get rid of the bitter taste.

Nasi Goreng Ikan Asin (Salted Fish Fried Rice)

Nasi Goreng Ikan Asin is a variation of fried rice, using salted fish to enhance the flavor of the normal fried rice. This dish is quick-to-cook and is widely found in restaurants or prepared easily at home.

Or try a whole other style of rice - Nasi padang

Never fried, the rice in padang-style dishes are simply steamed and left as the centrepiece of the dish. And for good reason - the plain rice soaks up all the incredible intensely-spiced sides that surround it, which can range from grilled meat to fresh veggies, and shallot-spiced beef innards

Lunch

Nasi Campur

The reliable Nasi Campur is an affordable meal for those who seek an instant yet complete lunch. Literally translating to “mixed rice”, this humble Indonesian dish usually consists of white rice and a variety of side dishes, from stir fried vegetables to grilled chicken to begedil (fried potato patties). Dive into the flavors and aroma of Bali with this recipe as white rice is paired with tasty sides like the spiced ayam betutu, aromatic sate lilit and nutritious lawar. Put your best efforts into the preparation and your family will definitely thank you for the delicious feast.

Nasi Krawu

Nasi Krawu is a dish from the Gresik town in East Java. Fluffy white rice served on banana leaves with a variety of side dishes such as beef slices, meat stews, beef offal, chili paste and serundeng. The chili paste served with krawu rice has a distinctive spicy taste, perfect for all spicy food lovers!

Nasi Liwet (Indonesian Spiced Coconut Rice)

Satisfying and flavorful, the Nasi Liwet is an Indonesian classic which features rich and super fragrant coconut rice. You read that right, the rice is cooked not with water but with coconut milk, bay leaves, and lemongrass. Paired with stewed chicken, choko (a green vegetable of the gourd family) and a special omelet, you’ll have a full nutritious meal for you and the family.

Nasi Langgi

Nasi Langgi originates from the towns of Solo and Semarang in Central Java.The rice is cooked with spices, coconut milk, and tamarind. Nasi Langgi is often complemented with sides such as omelette, beefsteak, potatoes, meat, serundeng, prawn crackers, sambal goreng liver, and cucumber.This recipe ups the ante by pairing rice with Balado shrimp and stir fried tempe.

And there's always porridge and more

Beyond typical rice dishes, there's porridge, pancakes (yes, rice pancakes) and sticky rice too. When you're in need of comfort, boil some bubur - Indonesia's comforting porridge bowls packed with natural pumpkin sweetness. Or, pop in some savory sticky rice delights for an afternoon snack. And try the occasional rice pancake that you can soak up with a rich, spiced coconut curry. 

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Bubur Manado (Traditional indonesian Porridge)

Have a power-packed breakfast with this nutritious Bubur Manado! Also known as Tinutuan, this traditional Indonesian porridge is filled with a tasty mix of pumpkin, sweet potatoes, corn, and spinach. The contrast in textures and flavors is definitely something to look forward to. Best enjoyed with fried salted fish and sambal for a wholesome meal.

Bubur Ase (Tofu Stew with Porridge)

The inhabitants of Jakarta are known as Betawi. One of their specialty dishes is Bubur Ase, a porridge recipe that has been handed down from generation to generation. Bubur Ase is complemented with tofu, and drizzled with tofu stew. This stew is called Ase, which is what gives this dish its name. Enjoy with a sprinkling of anchovies and pickles on top. Sweet, sour, and salty. A must try indeed!

Lemper Ayam (Shredded Chicken Glutinous Rice)

Lemper is a famous Indonesian snack made from sticky rice. There is usually shredded or minced chicken inside this warm, banana leaf-wrapped treat. Creamy coconut milk and lemongrass gives this treat a sweet aftertaste and aroma, and sinking your teeth through the warm, sticky glutinous rice to reach the richly flavored chicken makes all that prep work worthwhile. Make it for a weekend treat for the family or as a party snack – we bet these delicious Lemper Ayam will be gone in no time!

Burgo (Rice Pancake in Coconut Curry)

Asia’s answer to the American breakfast pancake, the Burgo! This dish is an Indonesian specialty featuring rolled rice pancakes served with a tasty broth of shrimp, creamy coconut milk, and fragrant herbs. Look at our Chef’s tips that will help you through the more difficult tasks such as steaming the dough and rolling the pancake.

Here's room for dessert too, it's sweet rice this time

Room for dessert? Nibble on glossy brown squares of palm sugar soaked rice called wajik, or sip on a bubbling bowl of rice pudding in creamy coconut milk. There's also fruit-stuffed rice desserts too. And they're all satisfying treats. 

Snacks

Wajik (Sticky Rice Cake with Palm Sugar)

This sweet sticky rice cake is commonly found in Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei. In Bahasa Indonesia, the term wajik is used to describe the shape of a diamond, but that isn’t the only gem about Wajik. This traditional snack made of steamed glutinous rice cooked in palm sugar, coconut milk, and pandan leaves is a delectable treat for all.

Bubur Madura

This Bubur Madura might just hit the spot. Made with a sweet mixture of four different porridge, this Indonesian delight is bound to satisfy your sweet tooth. You can look forward to the black sticky rice from the bubur ketan hitam, the bright sago pearls from the bubur mutiara, the creamy coconut rice pudding from the bubur sum sum and the chewy glutinous rice balls from the bubur candil. Served in a thick brown sugar and coconut sauce scented with pandan, this sweet treat is everything you need and more!

Kue Nagasari (Javanese Steamed Banana Rice Cake)

Kue Nagasari is a Javanese steamed cake made with rice flour and banana. It is one of the many wet cakes or as Indonesians refer to it, ‘kue basah’, found in Indonesia. This sweet, chewy snack is great anytime of the day.

Bubur Sumsum (Indonesian Rice Pudding)

Bubur Sumsum is a traditional Indonesian comfort food typically found during Ramadan. This porridge-like rice pudding is a dessert that is named after bone marrow, due to its milky white color. With a slight hint of saltiness from the pudding, it is essential to add brown sugar in this recipe as it gives this treat that sweet, indulgent taste.

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10 Lip-Smacking Indonesian Rice Recipes

Beyond nasi goreng, there's a perfect rice recipe for the rice lover

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