Monday, 16 July 2018

Nasi Goreng Kerabu (Kerabu Fried Rice)


Last weekend I had no idea what to cook. Then while catching up with my blog hopping, I stopped by Kak Azie's blog and I was very tempted when I saw her Nasi Goreng Kerabu

It's basically a Nasi Goreng Kampung with lots of herbs and aromatics added to it. That sounded really delicious to me. As with this type of cooking, you have to make the spice paste. To save time, I made the spice paste a day ahead, using my good old lesung batu (mortar and pestle).


Since I am restricting my carb intake, as you may have guessed, I used a mix of rice and grated cauliflower. My proportion is one part rice to two parts cauliflower. It always works for me when I make fried rice like this.

For the fresh herbs, I used daun kesum (laksa leaves), daun selasih (local basil) and young kaffir lime leaves, all from my garden. All these are sliced very thinly. 

Speaking of kerabu, while I was tinkering in the kitchen, my auntie sent me a photo of her family lunch.


Does that look scrumptious or what? That big platter of kerabu is made by my auntie's granddaughter. In fact this soon to be 11 year old helped her proud mah-mah (grandmother) to cook the lunch. It looks like she has inherited my auntie's cooking genes hee..hee...


That's her in action frying the longs beans. What was I doing when I was 11? Yeah. I was watching Ultraman. Tsk!

Coming back to this kerabu fried rice, I must say that it was worth the effort of pounding the spice paste and painstaking slicing of the herbs (and long beans). The fried rice itself is already so tasty and add to that all the aromatic herbs which brought the taste and aroma from super to superb.


Another dish of Kak Azie's that I cooked is Daging Goreng Kunyit (Fried Turmeric Beef) which I will also share in a future post.  The beef went so well with this fried rice.



I'll have to say that this is one of my most satisfying lunches. I have extra to take to work too and that saves me having to cook on Monday morning. Yay!

Nasi Goreng Kerabu
Recipe source : Adapted from Azie Kitchen

Ingredients :
- 1 cup overnight cooked rice and 2 cups grated cauliflower (or use 3 cups cooked rice).

Spice paste (pounded or blended)
- 5 shallots
- 2 red chilies
- 3 cloves garlic
- a handful of ikan bilis, rinsed and drained

Vegetables/herbs
- 6 strands of long beans, finely sliced
- a handful of the following, thinly sliced :
- daun kesum
- daun selasih
- young kaffir lime leaves

Seasoning :
- 1 tbsp fish sauce

Method :
1. Heat oil in wok and saute the spice paste until fragrant and slightly dry.
2. Add rice and fish sauce. Stir fry to coat evenly with spice paste and rice is heated through.
3. Add sliced long beans, continue to stir fry briefly and switch off the flame.
4. Add the sliced herbs and stir to mix thoroughly with the rice. Serve.

38 comments:

  1. It looks soooooo sedap lah PH. I already bookmarked the recipe but will try it later bcoz I don't have bunga kantan. But here I noticed that you substitute it with kaffir leaves. I have kaffir leaves so I should give this recipe a try ASAP :)

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    1. Puan Hazel, I also could not get bunga kantan so I left it out. It's still good though but with bunga kantan, lagi terangkat!

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  2. I guess this is something like nasi ulam except that it is fried...and yes, I think I would like it more, fried. Did not think much of the nasi ulam I made or maybe I did not know how to go about it. Never tried any outside before.

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  3. A young girl cooked lunch. That is amazing. I wish my 12-yo girl can cook that well. It us time to get her more involve in the kitchen. Haha

    A very nice and satisfying nasi goreng kerabu.

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    1. I was never active in the kitchen at that age. Only when I became an adult hee..hee...

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  4. Wow.. with so much ingredients pounded and all, I can imagine the fragrant taste of the fried rice/cauliflower! Yummmsss!!

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    1. It was very good. Wanna makan, have to work hard. LOL!

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  5. It is good that you enjoy cooking because I see all your home cooked meals are so delicious! I would not mind eating home cooked meals like yours if I enjoy cooking but too bad that I don't, hahahaha! lolx!

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    1. hah..hah... some people are born to be cooked for, eh?

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    2. Hah..hah... it is more like "some people are just too lazy to cook for themselves" and would rather stupidly paid to be cooked for. ;p

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  6. This fried rice looks so heavenly with so much ingredients inside. No wonder it tasted so good with added beef some more. I can never make such a rich and good fried rice like yours. Got sample?

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  7. No wonder the rice grains looked broken to me...you had cauliflower in it! ;) That's one thing I can't make...I don't have fresh herbs from the garden. Heck, I don't even have a garden....haha! >_<

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    1. hah..hah... I decided to plant those herbs because they are not always available at the supermarket.

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  8. your 11-year-old relative is a better and more confident cook than me, who's three decades older than her ... in my next life, i need to start early, like her! :)

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  9. Once upon a time.. Haha. .
    I tak ingatlah bila i last time i buat nasi goreng kerabu, but i make sure i ada bunga kantan in it, sbb bila you ada bunga kantan, barulah the taste of nasi goreng kerabu ni menjadi..
    Where is the keropok eh?

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    1. Setuju lah. Bunga kantan smell will make the nasi goreng kerabu more terangkat. Tapi tak ada kat kedai and the one in my garden dah lama tak berbunga.

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  10. sedapnyer…...looking at it also drooling liao...I can see that u have a newer generation of chef in the family. Did u learn ur cookings from ur aunt too?

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    1. Yes, I learnt from my aunt. She's a good cook!

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  11. I like all of the herbs you added. I'd make mine with a wholegrain rice.

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  12. Pagi tadi baru buat nasi goreng LL. I guna lauk ikan semlm yg tak habis hihi....
    I mmg suka nasi kerabu tapi nasi goreng kerabu belum pulak try... Kalau buat i very sure i sorang yg makan haha....

    Asal ada nama Kerabu rasanya mmg sesuailah kot makan dgn daging goreng kunyit...

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    1. Sedap ni, Hainom. Aroma ulam2 tu membangkitkan selera. Bertambah-tambah LL makan hee..hee...

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  13. The fried rice must be very fragrant and tasty with so many types of herb

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    1. I love the aroma. It sort of increase the appetite.

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  14. Ah Hong Chee, next round, get your auntie granddaughter to take picture of you and share with us...

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  15. I always want to buy a stone mortar and pestle but it seem can't any anywhere >_<

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    1. I think extinct liao. Mine is inherited from my auntie and my mum.

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  16. Looks so tempting and delicious. Very smart of you to use cauliflower in higher ratio to replace rice. If i were to cook for myself only, I would use 100% cauliflower, but my kids sure wouldn't like it that way.

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    1. I find that I am OK to sub with 100% cauliflower too but I still want some rice hee...hee...

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  17. Good training for her. Next time you can just sit & wait to be serve. xoxo

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  18. waaa tempting. i yg duk kelantan pun jrang buat this nasi goreng kerabu. esok boleh request for lunch.

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