Indian and Indonesian cuisine are often confused. What exactly is the difference? Indonesian cuisine consists of authentic dishes from Indonesia, with each island having its own specialties. When the Dutch came into contact with Indonesian cuisine in the colonial era, the flavors were adapted to European culture, which gave rise to the Indian cuisine. Indian food is thus a mixture of Indonesian dishes and European ingredients. We made one of the most famous Indian dishes: Nasi goreng. Serena tells us that the recipe for nasi goreng does not exist, because each family gives it their own twist. Nasi goreng literally means 'fried rice' and is made in an instant. Officially you should serve the nasi goreng without side dishes, but feel free to serve silver onions, sajoer beans or prawn crackers. As long as you don't eat peanut sauce from the microwave.
Step 1. Optionally: Roast the chicken
Skip this step if you want to make a vegetarian nasi goreng.
Fry your chicken breasts in the pan with a little butter, so that it is nice and golden brown and crispy.
When the chicken is cooked, pull it apart with two forks until you are left with small pieces.
Step 2. Prepare the sambal mixture
In the meantime, put a good splash of sunflower oil in a large pan or wok. The pan should be completely covered with a thin layer of oil.
Chop the onion / shallots and finely chop the garlic.
Then fry the onion / shallots in the oil. As soon as they become a bit translucent, add the garlic.
Stir well and then add the sambal oelek. Be careful though, because this splashes a bit.
Add the coriander and shrimp paste and fry everything for 2 minutes. In the meantime, keep scooping it up well.
The shrimp paste can smell quite strong. Rest assured, this smell will disappear as soon as you bake it.
Step 3. Prepare the nasi goreng
Then add the raw eggs and toss everything together well.
Slowly mix the rice with your egg mixture until well distributed.
Then add the chicken and heat the rice by scooping it well for about 2-3 minutes.
Add a dash of soy sauce and some salt to taste if desired. Stir the whole one last time.
Step 4. Serve the nasi goreng
Serve the nasi goreng with a fried egg, pickles, atjar, prawn crackers and possibly some sambal. Sprinkle with fried onions and / or some spring onion.
Also delicious with sambal goreng telor (spicy eggs)! Click here for the recipe
Selamat makan! ('Enjoy your meal')
Serena tells you more about the mix of food cultures she experienced in her upbringing and that Indian cooking is not as difficult as it seems.
250 grams of pandan rice
1 large onion or 4 shallots
3 large cloves of garlic
1 tbsp sambal oelek (may also be more or less)
1 tsp coriander powder (coriander powder)
Optional: 2 chicken breasts
1 cube of shrimp paste
Dash of sweet soy sauce
2 tbsp brown sugar
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