Fried Rice (Nasi goreng)

Everyone loves fried rice! :). Especially in the country where I reside – Singapore – fried rice is a very popular dish enjoyed by the locals equally at breakfast lunch and dinner.

There are various ways in which you can prepare fried rice. The way they do it here is the Chinese style of cooking. It is a little different from the way we Indians do it; perhaps there is a slight difference in the sauce that both communities use.

This particular recipe is my DD’s absolute favorite. Its Nasi Goreng! And that IS good news for me as I can add in as many veggies I want and DD will have it without a frown on her little face :). Nasi Goreng is an Indonesian style fried rice that uses a special sauce called Sambal Belachan (made from dried shrimp). I know not everyone can take the smell of it, but with my family it’s an all time hit! It is enjoyed best with a fried egg on top.

This particular recipe is my version, slightly customized from the original recipe to suit my family’s taste.

PS: take a non-stick pan; need to cook it fast on a high flame


Cooked Rice – 1 bowl

Garlic – 2-3 cloves (peeled and chopped finely)

Veggies – carrots/beans/green peas/cabbage/bell peppers/spinach (any veggies of your choice)

Chicken hotdog – cut into bite size pieces (can substitute with chicken meat or prawns)

Soy sauce – 1 tbsp

Dried red chilli paste – 1/2 tbsp (you can add more if you want more spicy)

Sambal Belachan sauce – 1/2 tbsp (optional – can omit if not available)

Ketchup – 1/2 tbsp

Chilli Garlic sauce – 1/2 tbsp

Salt and pepper – as per taste

Spring onions – chopped for garnish


Heat oil in a non-stick pan. Keep the flame on high. Add the chopped garlic. Stir for few seconds.

As soon as the garlic starts getting colour, add the veggies and hotdogs. I usually parboil my vegetables first as DD does not like the crunch. However if you are absolutely fine with crunchy veggies, you can omit the step of boiling the veggies first.

All this while the flame should be on high.Make sure not to burn. Once the veggies are cooked, add in the cooked rice.

Add in all the sauces, salt and pepper. Be careful while adding salt, as soy sauce has salt content too. Mix everything and stir fry on medium high flame for a few mins or till everything is mixed well with each other. Garnish with chopped spring onions.

Top it up with a fried egg and you’re good to go!




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