How to make easy Nasi Goreng Cili Kering or Dried Chilli Fried Rice.
If you love fried rice and spicy things, then you are going to love this easy Dried Chilli Fried Rice that uses minimal ingredients and is done and dusted in less than 10 minutes! It’s so quick and satisfying that this is one of my favourite go-to lunches. This is a delicious, eggy fried rice with a roasty spice from the dried chillies.
What Type of Dried Chilli To Use
Any dried chilli available to you will work for this! In general dried chillies are not crispy. It’s tough and chewy. I like to “cook” it with boiling water to rehydrate the dried chillies so that it’s a more pleasant, soft chewy texture.
Certain dried chillies – such as Sichuan dried chillies – are crispy. With this, it’s up to you to soak it in the boiling water or not. To maintain that crispiness, then do not soak it in the boiling water.
How Spicy is This?
This depends on how spicy your dried chillies are! Asian Spur dried chillies are generally not that spicy – or at least not as spicy as Thai Bird’s Eye Chillies.
This doesn’t give you actual spicy heat; more of a delicious, smoky, roasty flavour.
How to Level Up this Dried Chilli Fried Rice?
This is an easy, shortcut recipe. I chopped all of the ingredients and added it to the pan.
The real deal, Malay Nasi Goreng Cili Kering would actually process or mash the dried chillies with the onions, garlic and dried anchovies or ikan bilis. This mashed paste will envelope each grain of rice and give you an even stronger flavour! If you can give that bit of extra effort, use a pestle and mortar or food processor and try this!
Another essential ingredient here is an additional seasoning sauce. Listen, salt and pepper is great – but you want to level up the flavour of your fried rice? Add an extra layer of flavour. In this recipe, I used fish sauce which adds a nice, salty umami to the dish. Other sauces you can use include light soy sauce, Maggi seasoning sauce, golden mountain sauce, mushroom seasoning powder or chicken stock powder.
What Proteins to Use?
I mean… it’s fried rice! Use whatever proteins you have. Sausages, fried tofu, shrimps, chicken, beef slices… everything works since it’s fried rice.
In this recipe, I used fishcakes which are usually sold ready-cooked. This is why I added it after the eggs. If using uncooked proteins, such as shrimps or chicken, make sure to add before the eggs and allow it to cook fully.
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1 Cup Cooked Rice
2-3 stalks of Dried Chillies
1 tbsp Onion, chopped
1 clove Garlic, minced
1 Fishcake, sliced (or protein of choice)
1 tsp Fish Sauce*
1/2 tsp Salt, to taste
1/2 tsp White Pepper
- Add boiling water to dried chillies to soften and rehydrate. Let it soak for a minute or so, or while you finish preparing the other ingredients. Once the chillies rehydrate, drain the water away and chop it to smaller pieces, while discarding the seeds.
- Add oil to a pan, and let it get hot. Once hot, add the dried chillies, onions and garlic. Saute until fragrant. You should be able to smell a yummy, roasty flavour.
- If using uncooked proteins such as shrimp or chicken, add it in here and allow to cook.
- Add eggs in and scramble.
- Add cooked rice next, and season with fish sauce (or seasoning sauce of choice), salt and white pepper. Toss to combine.
- Once incorporated, easy fried rice is done!
- *Alternatives seasonings to Fish Sauce include: Light Soy Sauce, maggi seasoning sauce, golden mountain sauce, mushroom seasoning powder or chicken stock powder.