Sunday, February 27, 2011

Fried Rice

When Dee’s cousin had come home for a stay over, I asked her what she wanted me to prepare. And her reply was ‘Bhabhi, make Fried rice, mom doesn’t make it’... Hmmm... I asked her if there is any other alternative item, as I doubted if inlaws would accept the Chinese flavors for not. Though I had all the ingredients of fried rice- like sauces, ajinomoto and vinegar, I had hardly used it, except for once in noodles. And I hadn’t made this fried rice, the Chinese way even once. But she insisted that I make fried rice only and assured me that everyone will like it!
So started out making fried rice with her and to my satisfaction, it did come out well. And to our surprise, all of them, including a couple of more unexpected guests, enjoyed my fried rice and asked for a second serving! Even my in laws loved it!
So now I don’t have to hesitate trying out Chinese!
Fried Rice

Preparation time : 10 min, excluding time to prepare rice
Cooking time : 15 min
Serves : 5

Rice - 2 cups, Basmati variety
Water - 3 cups
Green chilies - 5-6, as per taste or chili sauce
Garlic - 4-5 cloves
Cooking oil - 2-3 Tbsp
Vegetables (Bens, Carrot, Capsicum) - 2 cups, chopped
Onion - 2 medium sized, chopped fine
Soya sauce - 1 Tbsp
Vinegar - 2 tsp
Ajinomoto - a pinch
Salt - 1 tsp or as per taste
Pepper powder - 1 tsp, optional (adjust as per your taste)

• Wash and soak rice for 15 minutes. Cook with 1.5 times the quantity of water, in a pressure cooker for 1-2 whistles
• Once the pressure is down, spread the cooked rice in a wide bowl and add a teaspoon of oil so that the grains do not stick
• Keep aside for 5 minutes to cool
• In a pan, heat oil and add green chilies, chopped onion, sauté till the onion is translucent
• Add the vegetables, sprinkle some salt and let it cook on medium heat
• When almost done, add soya sauce, vinegar and ajinomoto and mix well• Mix in the spread rice and add the remaining salt
• Add pepper powder if you prefer it hot
• Mix thoroughly and let the ingredients combine well with the rice.
• Serve warm with a gravy/manchurian!

Tips n Tricks:
• Making rice with a 1.5 times water, makes the grains separate and not sticky

• Spring onions can be added, but I didn’t have any


  1. I can have this rice anytime, my fav and delicious one pot meal..

  2. Exotic...big fan of fried rice....looks yum....comforting bowl of yum rice...

  3. wow...too tempting...def gonna try this perfect version..:D
    Tasty appetite

  4. I just preapred this tonight, looks yum!

  5. Love this..made thsi just 2 days back...

  6. I LOVE fried rice..I will surely try this one and let you know the result :) your fried rice pics made me hungry..LOL

  7. My favourite and can have it anytime. Wonderful blog


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