Monday, August 1, 2011

Vegetable Fried Rice...Chinese Style!!!

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Chinese cuisine is my most favorite after Indian cuisine though I make it rarely at home.This cuisine is quite different from the others as the cooking style itself is bit different,the whole dish should be prepared on high flame taking care to retain the crispiness,color and crunchiness of vegetables and the flavors in it.
If you search for Chinese fried rice over internet you would get so many recipes and also all recipes would be similar.Though the recipe sounds easy you might easily mess up with this simple recipe if you do no follow few important things while making this.Chinese cooking involves more usage of oil and sesame oil is ideal for Chinese cooking as it has the nutty flavor which enhances the taste of any Chinese recipe.I am not so comfortable using lots of oil in my cooking and hence the better option for me is to choose olive oil where an extra tbsp of it would not hurt me much.Hence I choose olive oil over sesame oil for Chinese cooking,if you want to enjoy the real flavor I suggest you to go ahead with sesame oil but with olive oil also it tastes nice.Fried rice is ideal to make with left over rice and I always prefer Basmati rice as it has wonderful flavor which is very important again in Chinese cooking.I have mentioned few tips in the recipe and I hope it will help you in making perfect fried rice.

Vegetable Fried Rice Recipe:
(Serves 2)

Ingredients:
1 cup Basmati rice
1/2" Ginger,finely chopped
3-4 Garlic pods,finely chopped
3/4 tsp dark Soya sauce
1/2 tsp Vinegar
3/4 -1 tsp black Pepper powder,freshly ground
3-4 tbsp Olive oil
Salt to taste

veggies needed:
1 medium Carrot,finely diced or length wise chopped
1/3 cup Cabbage,finely shredded
1 small Capsicum,sliced thin
7-8 french beans,sliced diagonally
5-6 Spring onions( greens-finely chopped,whites-finely sliced)

Method:
  • Soak Basmati rice for 10 mins and cook in rice cooker with (1-rice:2-water) ratio and cool the rice completely.Apply some olive oil to it and mix well and keep it aside,it is best if you refrigerate for 1/2 hr so that rice holds its shape when frying it.
  • Heat olive oil in a big wok over a high flame and add finely chopped ginger and garlic pieces and fry until they turn slight crisp.
  • Add thinly sliced spring onion whites and fry them on high flame until they turn soft.
  • Add chopped carrot,beans,cabbage and stir fry on high flame for 2 mins.Do not let the carrots and beans loose its crunchiness,they should be crisp and crunchy and hence do not stir fry for long.
  • Add sliced capsicum to it and fry again for a minute.Add salt,pepper powder,vinegar and soya sauce and mix well.
  • Add cooled rice and spring onion greens,slightly run the rice through your fingers while adding to the wok so that it does not have any lumps.Mix everything well until the rice is hot and do this gently and take care not to make the rice mushy.
Serve it piping hot with any Manchurian gravy.

Notes:
  • In chinese cooking Ajinamoto(chinese salt) is added to give extra taste,I have not added to it as it is supposedly not good for health.If you would like to add feel free to add 1/2 tsp Ajinamoto along with pepper powder.
  • It is always better to use finely chopped ginger and garlic bits in the recipe instead of Ginger-Garlic paste as a bite into crisp ginger adds a nice taste while eating fried rice.
  • I recommend you to refrigerate the cooled rice at least for half an hour which helps the rice in holding the shape while frying.
  • The entire cooking is to be done over a high flame which helps in retaining the crispiness of vegetables and the flavor of the dish,so you should be quick while sauteing the veggies and rice.
  • I have used dark soya sauce in the recipe,if you are using light or regular soya sauce increase it to 1 tsp soya sauce.
Variations:
  1. You can add a handful of sweet corn along with the other vegetables.Blanch sweet corn before adding to it.
  2. If you do not have olive oil the best alternative to use in Chinese cooking is sesame oil as it has nutty texture and it gives nice flavor to the rice.
  3. You can even add a tsp of chili sauce and a tsp of tomato sauce along with soya sauce,it also adds nice flavor and spiciness to rice.
  4. You can use white pepper powder instead of black pepper powder,as I did not have it at that time I used freshly ground pepper in it.

57 comments:

Suma Gandlur said...

Looks very colrful!

Radhika said...

This rice is always my favorite and one think I hate bat the Chinese cooking is the cutting of veggies. A real pain. I'm appeasing my hunger by looking at your bowl.

Vimitha Anand said...

Yummy and colorful looking fried rice...

Chandrani Banerjee said...

My alltime favourite fired rice. Fried rice looks so yumm...

Niv mani said...

love the sunny fried rice.. getting hunger pangs!

Kalpana Sareesh said...

always a fav rice..

jeyashrisuresh said...

my fav one and keeping the rice in the fridge is good tip and will try next time. nice clicks

Pushpa said...

I can finish the whole bowl heartily,my fav.

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

Wow perfect fried rice,loved the gr8 presentation and the serving bowl:)

sowmya's creative saga said...

looks wonderful..would be even wonderful if you could pass that bowl to me..I will empty it in minutes..

Kaveri said...

Chinese Fried Rice is one of my favs...your bowl of rice looks very inviting

Rachana said...

I love chinese fried rice...Looks so colourful and delicious.

Prathima Rao said...

Colorful & inviting fried rice...!!! Well explained tips too dear :)
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Reva said...

Very colourful flavourful dish... my all time favourite of all times:)
Reva

Laxmi said...

My fav.. looks colorful.. amazing pics..

Pari said...

Very well made Prathy,
I always use a mix of sesame and peanut oil for cooking chinese, gives a great flavour.
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RAKS KITCHEN said...

Nice set up and I too prefer basmati rice for fried rice :) Lovely clicks!

Ramya said...

Superbbb!! just like the ones we get in restaurant:-) Yummmy

Peggy said...

What beautiful fried rice!

Pavithra said...

Looks absolutely yumm :) I can have this anytime of the day too :) love it.

divya said...

looks tempting and delicious.. awesome clicks..

Food Photography said...

I am weak in cooking fried rice. Yours did so well, the grain stay it's shape. I never knew that you need to refrigerate the rice before you fry, is it?

Prathibha said...

@food photography...cold rice works best for fried rice..either you cool the rice completely and spread some oil over it or refrigerate the rice which helps the rice in holding the shape,though it is not a must 2 refrigerate the rice.but it makes ur job eay

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Hi Pratibha

Veg Fried rice looks awesome! Feeling so tempted to eat it after looking at this masterpiece.

Deepa
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Chitra said...

I add white pepper powder instead of black one. Else the same recipe. Love the clicks. beautiful as always :)

aipi said...

One of my favorite foods of all time ~ Indo Chinese ROCKS! :)
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Sadhana Valentina said...

Superb dear!

Suja said...

My favorite..looks beautiful and tempting

Sensible Vegetarian said...

Looks colorful and super delicious.

Sayantani said...

can eat this anytime of the day. simply yum!

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious looking fried rice

Jayasri Ravi said...

lovely rice, my favourite, I keep making lot of Chinese as my kids love it ( me too :))!!, Beautiful clicks parti, your bowl is making me hungry

Taste Junction said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Great to discover yours too!! Would keep coming.

Deepti said...

Beautiful n Colorful clciks

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Laavanya said...

What a good looking fried rice that is!

Priti said...

Looks the pics n the various backgrounds :) ....fried looks yum ...gud one sweety

Ramya Bala said...

i like fried rice more than eating love to experimen with it...looks delicious :)

Babli said...

Veg fried rice looks colourful, delicious, yummy and tempting. Wonderful presentation.

♥Aps♥ said...

I love Chinese too nd yeh it comes after The best Indian Cuisine :)
I Loved the pics and the method too... keeping in fridge is new rest is the way i do it :) nd i too do not add Ajin... Nd frankly speaking the true chinese food (in china) is without tht is what my Friend says :)

Treat and Trick said...

Your clicks make me so hungry...Fantastic and so yum!

Mom Chef said...

Lovely clicks, as usual :) and looks yummy ! pass me that bowl quick !

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Shobha Kamath said...

So colourful and nice looking fried rice!

Food Glorious Food! said...

I love fried rice and yours is beautifully done! I use peanut oil but not sesame oil :)Thanks for sharing!

Sara said...

Looks delicious and I love Shanthi Sagar FR with Gobi. Nice clicks.

Divya Vikram said...

Delicious fried rice recipe. Looks yummy. and lovely presentation as well.

sm said...

tasty rice dish

Sush said...

its been ages since I made them. Will make your version this weekend!

Khaugiri said...

Super yummy dear..just perfect.

Sushma Mallya said...

This is one of my fav ...I simply love this ..looks delicious:)

Mugdha said...

Always my fav one and keeping the rice in the fridge is good tip and will try...awesome clicks...

Sush said...

My husband made this earlier this week. The house was smelling so good and inviting! Simple recipe and very delicious.

vna said...

HI Prathy,
Thanku so muuuch fr this reciepe wit tips!




vna said...

HI Prathy,
Thanku so muuuch fr this reciepe wit tips!




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Hi, this is very nice recipe. thanks for sharing.
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Ethnic Food said...

I love vegetable fried rice in this style. THanks for post

LindaDiaz said...

Excellent article but I've read that here.

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