Thursday, August 06, 2009

Nasi Goreng and Sambal Goreng Telur

One of the main reasons I miss my previous house was the proximity to some really good restaurants. My current town has many restaurants but for some reason, most are Italian. While I do enjoy Italian, I would have liked a bit of variety. A Chinese take-out near my house totally sucks. I mean, how could it be when they mess up a basic fried rice, right? But thankfully, discovered another a little further away that has great grub. No Indian restaurants at all, which I really miss. Of course since I'm in NJ, about a half hour away are some desi joints but I've been spoilt by my previous house, I think :)

I love all of the Oriental cuisines. And dishes that blend heat, sourness and sweetness seamlessly are impossible to resist! Here are recipes for two of my favorite quick-fix dishes. In this version, I have toned down the heat of red chilies and sambal for Little M. Both dishes were delicious by themselves and make a wonderful combi together.

The first recipe is for plain nasi goreng, which is sans any protein or veggies and is adapted from here.

Nasi Goreng & Sambal Goreng Telur

Ingredients:

3 red chilies
3 cloves garlic
1 small onion
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp kecap manis/sweet soy sauce (I substituted with a mixture of organic molasses and soy sauce, following a tip from here)
1/2 tsp palm sugar
2 tbsp oil
3 cups cooked rice

Pound red chilies, garlic and onion into a coarse paste. Heat oil in a pan. Fry the ground paste. Add the cooked rice. Stir in the two soy sauces, sugar. There was enough sodium between the two soy sauces that I did not need to add any more salt to the rice.

Pretty simple, right? Works great with leftover rice.

Sambal Goreng Telur or Egg Sambal is adapted from here.

Sambal Telur

Ingredients:

2 eggs, hard boiled
1 medium onion, sliced
1 medium tomato, diced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 tsp each roasted cumin powder
1/2 tsp roasted coriander powder
1 tsp sambal ulek (store bought)
1/2 tsp palm sugar
1/5 tsp tamarind paste
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 tbsp oil
salt to taste

Heat oil. Fry garlic and onion for 2 minutes. Add chopped tomato, salt and fry until soft. Add the powders, sambal paste, tamarind paste, palm sugar and saute for a few mintes. Stir in coconut milk and bring to a boil. Halve the boiled eggs. Pour some sauce on top and serve. Some recipes I looked at involved frying the boiled egg in a little oil but I skipped that.

And as usual, I could not resist clicking some pictures next to a sun streaming window, to get some nice play of light and shadow. So, here's another look at the egg sambal.

Sambal GorengTelur

60 comments:

Varsha Vipins said...

That rice looks so bright n yummy..n grains stand apart.oh..bows to you for that..:D
n the egg sambal pretty much like our egg curry no..havent ever had the sambal paste..Thai stuff right..have to get it sometime..Great pic VR..:)

Smitha said...

Pretty pictures.. so very inviting.. I figure out, the recipe is also fairly simple and out-of-pantry ingredients.. I really love such recipes.. thanks for this one.

A_and_N said...

Vani!!! I want it NOW. I failed in my attempt at Nasi Goreng and I almost cried :|

Ok, bookmarked :D

Pari said...

A very tempting and inviting click. By all means ready to try.

Suparna said...

hi Vani,
Both look bright and spiced up, nice pictures.

Shri said...

I don't eat eggs except for in cakes but your dish looks nice with a great pic!

LG said...

Both look bright and nice! Singapore style ootada title nodi ododi bande nodi :) superagi kantha ide

Jayashree said...

Love the colour of that rice....

prasukitchen.blogspot.com said...

wow vani nice presentation dear
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Nauman Nadeem said...

These rice reminds me of "Ghaur Walay Chawal"

The rice made of Ghuar raw sugar and lot nuts.

NAUMAN said...

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Shama Nagarajan said...

colourful delicious rice..nice photo dear

Priya said...

The plate of food looks extremely inviting Vani. My grandma lived in Malaysia for a few years and mentions Nasi Goreng in almost all of her conversations related to that place. I bought a store bought paste of the same name the moment I saw it at the store & called her to let her know :))
And yes, you have been spoilt! :-P

Aparna said...

Sounds very exotic and tempting. Have eaten Thai once long back. There is a Thai place somewhere here which we should try soon. :)

Ann said...

The spread look so yummy and tempting with its color and texture..!!

Pavani said...

Both the dishes look absolutely mouth watering.

Rush said...

i dont get the names..but i must tell u..the dishes looks fab!!

K said...

Both the dishes look mouthwatering Vani! Specially loved that rice dish. looks very simple and easy to make.

Vani said...

VV - thanks, girl! Dishes are Malaysian. Nasi Goreng is in both Malay and Indonesian cuisines.

Smitha - yeah, true. Mainly stuff you find in the pantry. Makes it easier alva?

A&N - hey, c'mon over! :)

Pari - thanks :)

Suparna - thanks. I'd have loved to up the heat more. Maybe next time :)

Shri - thanks :)

LG - thanks, hon :)

Jayashree - I think it was the molasses that gave it a darker look

Vani said...

Prasu - thanks for the "Kreativ Blogger" award. Will post that soon :)

Nauman - that chawal sounds really yum! Left you the code to do the site linking. You have to change the brackets to <>

Shama - thanks :)

Priya - how very cool that your grandma was in Malaysia. Did you like the nasi goreng paste?

Aparna - thanks! this is Malaysian but you should try more Thai hon. I love that cuisine too :)

Ann - thanks :)

Pavani - thanks girl :)

Rush - Malaysian dishes. And thanks :)

K - thanks, hon. yeah, very simple and great with leftover rice.

CHAITRA said...

Vani
Check out my blog for your awards.

meeso said...

That looks awesome... I've never had this before... I wanna try!

Pavani said...

Hi Vani, Please drop by my blog, I've an award waiting for you.. Thanks.

Sireesha said...

Yummy and makes me hungry:)

Sireesha said...

Yummy and makes me hungry:)

Miss M said...

OMG SAMBAL AND RICE AND EGG!

Are you like trying REALLY HARD to make me fly to US and help you with all the cleaning because you sure are posting all the RIGHT recipes here!

One of my most FAVORITE dishes in the whole wide world is Nasi goreng with egg! YUMMMM!

chakhlere said...

Hey dear!!
I made both these using your recipes!!
They just tested amazing!!
You rock dear!!
thanks for the recipe!

Divya Rao said...

Wow do they look great or what?? I'm on a diet right now, but am giving this a chance the moment I'm off it :-)

chakhlere said...

Please accept the award and the tag as a token of appreciation from a fan and fellow passionate foodie.

You have a great blog!!!

TBC said...

That rice looks fantastic, Vani!

Purva Desai said...

Rice looks mouth watering and Egg dish looks yummy too......Thanks for sharing such delicious new dishes

Parita said...

Nice click, the rice sounds very spicy and tasty!

Usha said...

This sounds fantastic, lovely pictures !

Divya Vikram said...

Platter looks simple yet exotic!

Madhavi said...

WOW this entry looks mouth-drooling, and also very nice recipe and awesome picture, greatttt job!!1

Bong Mom said...

Are you talking Penang :)

But your dishes look so so good. i have never cooked Nasi Goreng at home but absolutely love the dish

Nithya said...

Lovely dish. Looks perfect and yummy.. Its absolutely new to me and will try it out soon. :)

First time here I guess. but I am pretty sure that I would be here often. You have a lovely space with amazing recipes and I just cant stop telling you that your photography skill is phenomenal. great going.

Do take a peep into my blogs when you find time.

Linda said...

Hi Vani,

Missed a few of your posts while away, and I don't know which I like best! I did not know Oikos was from Stonyfield Farms -- I have been using Fage greek yogurt and it's delicious too. Your methi matar paneer looks great! I also love the this rice which seems so easy and perfect with eggs... haven't tried that style of cooking and I should.

But I have to say my fav. was your mom's veggie saagu... thanks for sharing that. I'm wishing belated Happy Birthday to dear little m with hugs, and to your blog, through which you inspire me always :)

Srivalli said...

Vani..that plate does look out of the world...since I have never tasted malaysian food, not sure how it might taste..but you sure tempt with your lovely pictures...btw some event is based on malaysian right..w..just checked ..its the vegan event...

Vani said...

Chaitra- thanks for the Kreativ Blogger, One Lovely Blog and I love your blog badges!! I am honored :)

Meeso - you'll love it! :)

Pavani - thanks for the Kreativ Blooger award! Really appreciate you thinking of me to pass it on to :)

Sireesha - c'mon over! :)

Miss M - Just read about your Singapore connection in your post. Now I know why you'd love it! :) What a lovely combi, right?

Chakhlere - thand for trying it out and letting me know. So gald you liked it. And thanks for' the Kreativ Blogger award, the 'I love your blog' and 'One lovely blog' badges, sweetie! :)

Divya - diet? Gotta hop over to your blog to see what you're doing! I need some serious weight loss techniques!

TBC - thanks, hon :)

Purva glad you liked them :)

Parita, Usha, Divya - thanks, gorls :)

Madhavi - nice to see you and thanks for your comment :)

Bong Mom - Haven't been to Penang in ages now! I do miss that :(

Nithya - thanks and I do believe I've seen you here before and I've left comments on yours too :) Not to worry - so many blogs, right?

Linda - as always, love your comments! My mom's saagu was indeed awesome. This blog has been a great place to save good recipes like those :) And thanks ever so much for the lovely wishes for the blog and the baby :)

Valli - thanks! I think most Indian palates would love Malaysian flavors. Thanks for checking the event. Don't think I can enter this, with the egg sidedish :)

Sharmilee! :) said...

First time here...ur recipes are interesting!

Preety said...

love the recipes

Chitra said...

wow, superb clicks and recipe:)

ganesh said...

i have tired it...but the pictures look so tempting....i may try it without the palm sugar though....

Anisheetu said...

a popular Singaporean recipe too... looks good...

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

lovely mouth watering dish...

Mallugirl said...

hmm.. that's yummy..i like the malaysian plate except for the anchovies in it.

Pavithra Kodical said...

Delicious Dish...You have an award waiting for you http://pakashale.blogspot.com/2009/08/besan-ladoo-to-celebrate-blog.html

Sireesha said...

Happy ganesh chaturthi to you & your family dear :)

Soup 'N Juice Event is going on in my blog.Please do participate in it.

Hema said...

Awesome photos as ever Vani..

Vijitha Shyam said...

Tatsy... tasty!!! looks so tempting vani!

Shri said...

Lovely and tempting Pictures.Nice recipe..

Jaya said...

Dear Vani,
oh! really this plate is making me hungry!...I was kind of out of action for few months..missed many of your lovely posts ...here wishing you belated blog birthday ..and i really want many more such birthdays to see..lovely!!
hugs and smiles

Lavi said...

Superb! Colourfull!!

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Bong Mom said...

Hey, are you moving ?

Pavithra said...

Wow thats wonderful platter vani .. looks tempting.. hey u can send this to vaishali's malaysian food event.

Shri said...

Vani,
I have passed an award/scrap to you.Pls collect it from my blog:)

Giftday said...

Thats a great food... Yammi

s said...

your blog have such a varied bunch of recipes..im glad i found it

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