Quick and easy: my nasi recipe

Quick and easy: my nasi recipe

Bored of the same old pasta recipe every evening, but also looking for something as easy? Try nasi! This super easy, healthy, Indonesian recipe is perfect for large groups and easily customisable for many diets.

For nasi, you’ll need:

  • Rice, I prefer basmati rice
  • Veggies you like, I prefer red bell pepper, spring onion and bean sprouts
  • 1 White onion
  • A clove of garlic
  • Chicken breast, I’d say about half a chicken breast per person, unless you’re vegetarian/vegan of course.
  • Sweet, Indonesian soy sauce (ketjap manis)
  • Turmeric powder
  • Djahe (ginger root powder)
  • Cumin powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • Oil to cook in, I prefer coconut oil
  • Optionally: eggs (1 per person), fried onions, shrimp crackers

Preparing your basic nasi:

To prepare, you’ll need to chop all your vegetables and garlic into medium to small pieces and you need to dice your chicken and to cook a pan of water. Prepare the rice as is said on the packaging. Then, you heat up your oil in a wok or large frying pan on high heat. I prefer coconut oil for this, since it’s best to get it very hot before adding anything. Then, turn back the heat to a medium and you can add the chopped onion, garlic and chicken to the pan.

When this is almost cooked through, you can add the veggies and the cumin, turmeric and djahe. I also add a small splash of water to this, so it’s easier for the spices to get everywhere and it makes the chicken dry out a little less. When this is almost heated up, you can turn the heat to low and add the rice (which should be done at this point) and the sweet soy sauce. If you prefer some more flavour, you can add salt and pepper (or some sriracha sauce!), but I don’t usually feel I need it.

Extra’s and tailoring it to your diet and taste

In the traditional Nasi Goreng, you also bake some eggs to put on top of the rice. To be honest, this is not my favourite, so I often skip that part. However, I love to garnish it with some crunchy, fried onions on the plate. In addition, some shrimp crackers make for the perfect side snack!

Vegan or vegetarian nasi?

Of course, if you’re vegan or vegetarian, I’d skip the chicken, eggs, and shrimp crackers. Although I do think they make the dish a little richer in taste, it’s also pretty great without. You could add some vegetarian chicken or possibly tofu instead, but I must admit I’ve never tried it that way myself. I also saw some recipes with cauliflower rice to make it more low carb if you’re on a keto diet. When I want to switch it up a bit, I do change the chicken for diced shrimps, white fish and/or smoked bacon, which also tastes very good!

The next day

One of the things I love most about this recipe, is that although it’s great the first day, it tastes even better the next day. Therefore, I always make huge portions and eat it for lunch or dinner other days. You can easily refrigerate or freeze this, so you can keep it for a long time. It’s also pretty cheap, considering the basic dish only needs rice, spices and veggies and it’s really filling and versatile.

Have you ever heard of and tried nasi before and if you have, how do you make it? Let me know in the comments below. And, if you liked this recipe, please subscribe and get a free e-book on saving money! You could also follow me on  InstagramPinterest and Twitter to get regular updates. Anyways, I hope you’ll like this nasi recipe!

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2 months ago

I don’t think the title of your article matches the content lol. Just kidding, mainly because I had some doubts after reading the article.

1 year ago

I haven’t tried nasi before, but it looks delicious and not that difficult to make! I’m vegetarian so I’ll have to try it with veggie chicken or tofu.

Fadima Mooneira
1 year ago

Nice nasi recipe. Nasi is also a famous dish in Malaysia. Try nasi Lemak if you love nasi.

1 year ago

This sounds like such a delicious recipe – bonus that it tastes even better the next day! I always find that when I cook anything with a mix of spices, the dish seems to be more delicious the next day 🙂


Elements of Happy
1 year ago

This looks yummy! There’s a few ingredients I’ve never heard of here. If I got to try this then I’ll definitely hit the store first. Thanks for sharing x

1 year ago

Brilliant timing! I’m looking for new recipes to help me stop making unhealthy choices. This looks delicious and I’ll definitely be trying. Thanks for sharing!

1 year ago

This is a great recipe to start with, especially since you can enjoy it as leftovers as well. Good luck with your goals 💪🏻

Her Digital Coffee
1 year ago

I love the sound of this recipe! My mouth is watering just looking at the photo. Thank you for sharing and I can’t wait to give it a try!

1 year ago

This looks so yummy! Definitely need to try this out soon.

1 year ago

This sounds and looks super delicious! Thank you for sharing your recipe. I love when it tastes even better the next day! 😀

1 year ago

This is an interesting recipe. I love rice dishes. Though I love chicken but I would also like to try the vegetarian version.

1 year ago
Reply to  Ranjana

They’re both great options in my opinion, I do like the variation that the chicken offers in terms of texture, but it can really do without.