Healthy Nasi goreng - Plant based whole food

Healthy Lentil ‘Nasi Goreng’

As the actually translation of Nasi Goreng means “fried rice’ and no rice has come close to this dish, calling it Nasi Goreng is technically incorrect. However, as I’m technically challenged and I’m using the same delicious spicy sauce that you use in a Nasi Goreng I will continue with  the name regardless!! This version is hands down WAY healthier than the traditional Indonesian dish but retains all the delicious Asian flavours! 


Ingredients (serves 4)

2 cups of cooked lentils (any colour!)

2 cups of chopped vegetables (use any veggies you like – I used broccoli, cauliflower and carrots in this one)

sesame oil for frying

4 eggs


4 tbsp of sweetened soy sauce (or make your own)*

1 birds eye red chili peppper finely chopped (or a hot chilli pepper if you can’t get a birds eye)

1/8 teaspoon of shrimp powder  (optional if you can’t find it)

1/2 tsp tamarind sauce

1 garlic clove finely chopped



1. Heat about 2-3 tbsp of sesame oil in a large fry pan.

2. Add the chopped veggies and cook on high, stirring regularly, for about 3 minutes

3. Add the lentils and mix together.

4. Mix all the ingredients together for the sauce and stir it into the lentil mix. Heat through

5. Fry the eggs off in a bit of sesame oil and serve on top of the lentils.


In Indonesia this is also traditionally made with different meats and prawns/shrimps. If you fancy some meat in yours,  chop it into bite size pieces. Cook it off in a  little sesame oil and then just stir the pieces into the mixture.

* Sweetened soy sauce is called Kecap manis. If you don’t have any in your larder, add about 6 tbsp to a pan, and add 1 tbsp sugar. Heat and reduce till you have about 3 tbsp. (Will only take a couple of minutes)

Any left overs?  Add it to some chicken stock and make a delicious soup out of it. Add some extra veggies to just keep that halo shiny!







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