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Aromatic Fried Rice with Keluwek Paste

Black aromatic fried rice with sunny side up egg with cherry tomatoes

Rawon is a delicious and comforting Indonesian beef soup from Surabaya. Traditionally it’s made by infusing the beef broth with the fragrant spice blend and black keluwek nut. Keluwek nut is the key ingredient when making rawon, it gives the rawon unique black color and umami flavor. This time I want to use that black nuts to make fried rice.

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Aromatic Fried Rice with Keluwek Paste


  • 100g sliced beef or ground beef
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp spices paste
  • 3 cup cold rice
  • 2 chilies, chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground white pepper
  • Green onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp kecap manis (sweet soy sauce)

spices paste

  • 8 shallot
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp kluwak nut paste
  • 1 cm fresh turmeric
  • 4 candlenuts
  • 1/2 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 cm ginger
  • 3 kaffir lime leaves
  • 1 lemongrass

Cooking direction

  1.  Combine all the spices paste ingredients together and blend to form a fine paste.
  2. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan or wok, then add sliced beef and cook until change color. Add kaffir lime leaves and green onion, stir fry for 1 minute. Add spices paste and keep stirring until fragrant, 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add rice, salt, pepper, and sweet soy sauce, toss until everything is well combined.

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