Veg Fried Rice

Namaskara !

“From Chandni Chowk to China” or should I say “From Banashankari to Beijing”. Here’s the first of the very famous Chinese recipes. Chinese are great food lovers and the uniqueness of their flavours is just amazing. Take for example “Ice Cream”…..Invented by the Chinese….That’s just trivia for the day…Let’s go straight into the recipe.

Ingredients: Serves for 4

  1. Jeera Rice/ Normal rice – Washed thrice in cold water – 2 Cups
  2. Onions – sliced thin – 2 medium
  3. Garlic paste – 3-4 cloves
  4. Ginger paste – 1 ” piece
  5. Carrot – chopped very finely – 1 medium
  6. French Beans – Huralikaayi – chopped very finely – 7-8
  7. Capsicum – Green Bell Peppers – Dappa menasinkayi – chopped very finely – 1 small
  8. Black  Pepper –  Crushed – 5-6
  9. Green Chilly – Chopped very finely – 1
  10. Green Chilly sauce – 1 Tsp
  11. Soya sauce – 1 Tsp
  12. Salt – To taste
  13. Sugar – 1 Tsp
  14. Oil – 2 Tbsp
  15. Spring onions – Greens – Chopped – 1 Cup
  16. Fried/Roasted cashew nuts – Broken into pieces – 5-6

Method:

  1. In a pan, put 4 Cups of water. Let it boil.
  2. Add the rice and allow it cook al dente. (just done)
  3. In another pan, heat the oil.
  4. Add the onions and saute well  (Onions must turn slightly brown).
  5. Add the garlic and ginger paste. Saute well.
  6. Put the sugar and allow it to caramelize (Do not let it brown).
  7. Drop in the beans, carrots and capsicum and green chilly and saute well on high flame.
  8. Season with pepper and salt.
  9. Take the pan off the flame.
  10. Pour both the sauces.
  11. Mix half the spring onions at this stage.
  12. Mix in the rice and toss it well.

To serve:

  1. In a bowl, put the fried rice. Add the remaining spring onions.
  2. Put the cashew nuts on top.
  3. Serve hot with tomato ketchup or sauce.

Culinary secrets:

  1. Take small grained rice while making fried rice.
  2. Add freshly crushed black pepper.
  3. Some use white pepper powder too. But black ones have a very unique flavour and zing. (Chinese uniqueness in flavours).
  4. Ginger and garlic could be chopped and used as well.
  5. Add salt to the fried rice with restraint. Soya sauce has some salt content.
  6. Finally, Chinese recipes are cooked on very high flame.
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Published in: on May 2, 2010 at 2:20 PM  Leave a Comment  

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