Nasi Goreng-Indonesia

Nasi Goreng-Indonesia

I love, love, love fried rice of any kind. I usually go the soy sauce, ginger honey, and rice vinegar route- I never thought about using tomato paste. And I always scrambled an egg in, instead of making an omelette. The point? Nasi Goreng is your standard fried rice after a makeover. Except instead of Louboutins and mascara, it has cumin and an omelette.




1 cup rice

1 tablespoon soy sauce

4 oz tomato paste

2 teaspoons cumin

1 teaspoon coriander

1 teaspoon turmeric

3 cloves garlic

4 eggs

2 inch piece of ginger

2 carrots

4 spring onions

Start by peeling the garlic and ginger, and pureeing it in a food processor.


Heat up some oil in a large, flat pot and throw in the paste.

Let it sizzle with the dry spices while you peel and chop the carrots.I love peeling carrots onto a paper towel- when I’m done, I can just roll up the paper towel like it’s a burrito filled with carrot peelings. Easier than scraping the peels off the cutting board for ages.

Throw those in, turn the heat down to low, and let them soften.

Boil the rice,

and whisk the eggs up with some salt and pepper.

Make the omelette- for the first time in my life, I was able to roll an omelette. This is my magnum opus. My Mona Lisa, my Thinker. I need to get out more.

Throw the tomato paste into the carrots, and stir it around.

Pour all the rice in, stir it in so it gets all coated, and then slice the omelette thinly and throw it in. Slice up and add the green onions for a nice pop of color and freshness!



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