Nasi Goreng(Vegetarian)

Nasi Goreng is Indonesian Fried Rice has spicy and sweet flavours. A rice dish bursting with flavours, crispy vegetables, some protein added and fluffy rice. 

This week for the Blogging Marathon group, I choose the Nusantara Cuisine or Indo- Chinese Cuisine. Indo Chinese Cuisine is a favourite in my house and my kids love Chilli Paneer, Chinese Fried Rice, Vegetarian Manchurian and almost the all the popular dishes from this cuisine. For the challenge this week(3rd), I decided to do some different dishes that I had not prepared earlier.

Nusantara refers to the Indonesian and Malaysian archipelago,  click here to know more about it..

I an currently reading a book that I got from the local library here,FEAST– Food of Islamic World” by author “Anissa Helou” that has vegetarian and non-vegetarian recipes of the food prepared and consumed especially by Muslims all over the world.. In the book I saw this recipe for Nasi Goreng which sounded very much like chinese fried rice.Though it used shrimp paste, I looked for the substitutes on net and decided to make it. If you want to know more and in detail about the Islamic food culture, do read the book once.

What is Nasi Goreng

Nasi Goreng Rice which is a very popular street food in Indonesia. The rice dish is basically non-vegetarian which is made traditionally with Shrimp Paste, spicy Sambal Oelek paste and Kecap Manis(Sweet Soy Sauce). Since we are vegetarians and do not consume shrimp, I decided to skip it.

There are many recipes for the Nasi Goreng  available online. I had my  spicy garlic and chilli chutney(recipe later) in my refrigerator that I used instead of Sambal Oelek and also added just 1/2 tsp of Thai Red Curry paste, it added on the authentic flavour of rice. I always keep garlic and chilli paste/ chutney in ready and use it for dips, chutneys and in dishes. If you like fiery hot chutneys check out these … Rajasthani Lehsun Ki Chutney, Spicy Garlic and Red Bell Pepper Chutney

Kecap Manis is sticky sweet sauce , very much like sweetened sauce. Since I didn’t have it, I mixed soy sauce with  raw agave. You can use Tamari Sauce for gluten-free version.

This rice is very much like the Chinese Veg. Fried Rice, but is more spicy and sweet in taste. Those who have had the rice, know that the rice has a very spicy kick with sweet tone to it. Add any vegetable or meat of your choice. Traditionally this rice is served with fried egg as  street food, with chicken or pork pieces. I used Paneer(Indian Cottage Cheese here). I avoid Tofu due to health reasons  you can use Tofu for the vegan version.

Let’s see in detail, how I make this Spicy and Sweet Indonesian Fried Rice… Nasi Goreng

Nasi Goreng(Vegetarian)

A popular Indonesian sweet and spicy fried rice with lots of vegetables and paneer for vegetarian version.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Breakfast, Quick Lunch and Dinner Ideas
Cuisine Indonesian, Nausuntara
Servings 2


  • Frying Pan/Wok
  • Knife
  • Ladles


  • Steamed Rice refrigerated
  • 1 Cup Mixed Chopped vegetables Bell Peppers, Carrots, Mushrooms
  • ½ Cup Fresh Paneer/Tofu
  • 1/2 Cup Spring Onion Greens
  • 1 tbsp Finely chopped Garlic
  • 2 tbsp Sesame Oil or Peanut Oil
  • Salt to taste

Sauces used

  • 1/4 Cup Soy Sauce Tamari for Gluten-free
  • tbsp Any sweetener(Honey/Agave /Palm Sugar)
  • 2-3 tbsp Sambal Oelek or any spicy garlic and red chilli chutney as per spice level


  • Mix the sauces and sweetner for the sauce mix and keep aside.
  • In a pan add, heat oil, add finely chopped garlic to it. Saute till raw smell goes away.
  • Add finely chopped onions, add saute for few seconds.
  • Add the chopped vegetables, paneer /tofu pieces and then add the sauce mix.
  • Stir fry on high for few seconds. Keep the vegetables crunchy.
  • Add rice and salt to taste. Be careful in adding salt as the sauces already have salt .
  • Mix rice lightly and stir fry for few seconds.
  • Serve hot with more spicy chutney or sauce with a sunny side up(fried eggs on side).


Traditionally Jasmine is rice is used in Indonesia for this. You can use Basmati rice also as I have used.
Add 1-2 tbsp of Kecap Manis if you have it and add 1 tbsp of Soy sauce separately
Add the spicy Sambal Oelek or any spicy garlic Chilli Chutney as per your spice level..
Keyword cooking with leftovers, Indo Chinese, Malaysian Rice

Do try the vegetarian version of Nasi Goreng.. and let me know your feedback.


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13 thoughts

  1. This is one flavorful rice and a good one to use up leftover rice. I made this few years ago for breakfast theme during mega BM and served with an omelet.

  2. Delicious sweet and sour flavours in this. With tofu it makes it a complete healthy meal.

  3. The color of the rice is so vibrant. The addition of paneer is an awesome idea. With protein, carbs and veggies this would make a complete balanced meal.

  4. I will check out that book, Paneer is a great option for protein for vegetarians in this dish. The rice is full of flavor and looks so delicious!

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