Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Vegetable Fried Rice

Hope you all had a fun Halloween. We had double fun since it was 'M's birthday too. Anyways he didn't play any role other than that of a wonderful Dad, but we had an angel and a lil pumpkin here. Though we had a very busy day, I wanted to make something special for the B'day boy. He likes my fried rice a lot and I thought that would make a great lunch. So, I made fried rice and baked a cake.


Veg Fried Rice


The credit for the recipe goes to my wonderful sis in laws.  I have already mentioned to you that I learned cooking after my marriage. Once, when I had some guests over and wanted to make something simple, yet delicious this rice which is always a winner in my new family came to mind. I rang up my SIL and she gave me the recipe over the phone and voila... it came out well at my first trial itself.  And now I have cooked it n times for my multinational guests and always get complimented. I have tweaked the original a bit here and there. We had it with chicken curry, fried pappad and a salad.


Veg Fried Rice

Ingredients
Ghee- 2Tbsp
French Beans- 5-6
Carrot-1(medium)
Bell Pepper(Capsicum)- 1 small
Green peas (frozen)-1/4 cup
Spring onion- 1 small bunch
Cashews-2 Tbsp
Raisins-2 Tbsp
Onion-2 small(sliced thin)

Basmati Rice- 2 cups
Water-3 1/2 cups
Lemon juice-1 Tbsp
Salt-to taste
Cinnamon-1 small stick
Cloves-4-5
Cardamom- 1/4 tspn
Tejpatta/Indian Bay leaves-2
Soy sauce(optional)-2tspn

Method

1. Wash and drain the rice and keep aside.
2. Cut the vegetables into thin pieces.
3. Fry the cashews and raisins in 1/2 Tbsp ghee and remove from pan.
4. Throw the beans and carrot pieces into the same pan and cook.
5. When it's half done add the frozen peas, bell pepper and cook for a couple of minutes. Switch off the flame.
6. Fry the onion till it turns golden brown and keep aside.
7.Meanwhile heat the pot you use to cook rice and add the remaining ghee . When it is warm add the dried rice into it and fry for 4-5 minutes on low heat.  Throw in the spices and stir.  Add salt and lemon juice into it and stir for a minute.
8. Add water and let it boil. Simmer once it starts boiling and cook covered on medium low till rice is done. It takes about 12 minutes to cook.
9.It is always great if you cook the rice in advance and let it cool a bit. The rice won't break away, while mixing then.
10. Layer the rice and the fried vegetables in this order or at your wish. First rice, followed by fried onion, vegetables, spring onion, cashews and raisins and a little soy sauce.
11. Serve with any curry of your choice and pappad. Garnish with coriander leaves

Veg Fried Rice

Contributor: Namitha

42 comments:

  1. Fantastic recipe Nami.. I always end up adding soya sauce in my fried rice.. your rice makes me want to try it just the way did. I loved the effect you have managed with the different colors in white white rice.

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  2. superb clicks dear......love the recipe...sure will try it.

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  3. Lovely click....liked ur version, would try it soon.

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  4. What a colorful recipe ! Looks beautiful :)

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  5. superb fried rice, dear...looks so tempting!

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  6. Loved the recipe, looks yummy too :)

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  7. Your vegetable fried rice looks fantastic and sounds so delicious! I learned cooking after my marriage too, and I'm still learning. I love your recipe, I'll definitely give it a try very soon, thanks for sharing:)

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  8. Lovely rice...loved the first pic..Belated wishes to ur kid..

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  9. Lovely pictures taken..ANybody would feel hungry seeeing this fried rice

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  10. Thanks a bunch for all the lovely comments :-)
    Prasu, Latha and Oraphan : Pl let me know once you try it :)
    Prathibha..Thanks for the wishes, but it was my hubby's :D

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  11. Like this version for fried rice, Looks delicious..Nice clicks.

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  12. Hi. The rice looks simply great with all those beautiful colors..and belated wishes to ur DH.

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  13. The rice vegetables stir-fry looks beautiful! I will try it roasted peanuts!

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  14. Nami "Ithu kalakki" this fried rice looks tremendous...nalla asalayitunda..:)

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  15. yum yum fried rice and very colourful and my all time favourite.

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  16. very nice recipe..i add soy sauce when ever i make recipe will have to try without it for once..

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  17. Namiii..Fried rice looks superb.I love that colourful pics.

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  18. Wonderful recipe..
    Fried rice looks so delicious!!!

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  19. Fried rice looks delicious n colorful.

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  20. Gorgeous and delicious fried rice..

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  22. Wow! Looks awesome. Every speckle of grain looks so perfect.

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  23. This looks absolutely delicious. What a great recipe & photos.

    Also, I look forward to reading through your other post, as I am new to your very creative blog. Thanks

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  24. Fried seems a great idea for the parties. Yours look so colorful and yumm..

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  25. Droolz! I love fried rice! It's so tasty and yummy! I'd have it with chili chicken right now!

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  26. looks lovely... you all have such nice stories and a lovely blog here...

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  27. WOW... such a flavorful and delicious rice :)

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  28. WOW! A simple fried rice and a beautiful dish!

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  29. Fab looking fried rice, beautiful clicks.
    TC

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  31. Wonderful Nami!! A Perfect way to please ur loved one on their b'day! Will try this for my DH's b'day this weekend :)

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  32. Nami You are doign wonderful! really an expert in cooking & narration also. Keep it Up. Waititng for more dishes. Definitley i will come and stay withyou for a week during my next vacation - free delicious shappadu!

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  33. Thats a colorful treat!Belated b'day wishes!

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  34. Thanks you everyone...New visitors, we really appreciate and look forward to see you more often here :-)
    Rohini, Hope he will like it :-)
    Gisha, you must come here on your next US trip :-)
    Vidya, Thank you !!

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  35. Yummy fried rice! B'ltd Bday wishes to him!!

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