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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Indian Chinese Cooking ~ Vegetable Fried Rice

I chose to go with vegetable fried rice, one of the popular dishes from the Indian Chinese cuisine for today's post. If you have some left over rice and prepared vegetables then this dish could be made in a blink of an eye. And thanks to my husband, I could pair it with some gobi manchurian. Yes, my husband is the official manchurian maker in our home. :) I will post the recipe for manchurian soon.
1 cup Basmati Rice

1 tbsp. + 1 tsp. sesame oil
1 garlic clove finely minced
1 inch piece of ginger, finely minced
1/4 cup minced scallion (greens and white separated) 
1.5 to 2 cups mixed vegetables of your choice (I used thinly sliced carrot, beans, cabbage, and capsicum.)
1 - 2 tsp. soy sauce (or as per taste)
1/2 tsp. rice vinegar
Salt and ground pepper to taste
Optional ingredient:
Red or green chili sauce to give a spicy kick

* Soak 1 cup rice in water for about 15 minutes and drain the water. Add about 1 & 1/2 cups water to the rice and pressure cook for 3 whistles. When the valve pressure is gone, transfer the rice to  a wide plate. Add a tsp. of sesame oil, fluff and keep it aside to cool.
(Whatever method you choose to cook rice, take care not to prepare a mushy rice. Leftover rice works good too for this recipe.)
* Chop the vegetables finely or into thin slices. (I prefer to cut into thin long strips as my husband prefers it that way). Use vegetables of your choice. Other than the vegetables I used, one can use celery, mushroom, broccoli, snow peas and so on.
* Heat the oil in a wide, non stick pan. Add scallion whites, ginger and garlic and toast for few seconds until you start to notice the aroma.
* Next add all the vegetables and cook on high flame for about two minutes. Keep tossing the pan frequently to avoid burning the vegetables. The vegetables must be cooked but still retain their crunchiness and crispiness.  
(If the vegetables are finely chopped then tossing them for about a minute would suffice.)
* Add soy sauce, vinegar, chili sauce if using, salt and pepper and toss. Next add the rice and just gently mix. Don't over mix and break the rice grains.
* Garnish with scallion greens and serve along with a manchurian dish or your favorite side dish. I served it with gobi manchurian.

This 'Veg Fried Rice - Manchurian' combo goes to BM #46. Check what other marathoners are cooking during this marathon. 



Srivalli said...

Such a crowd pleaser this combo is!..looking forward to the manchurian recipe Suma..so nice to have an expert at home..:)..enjoyed all your dishes in this series..

vaishali sabnani said...

Tell the manchurian maker that I am tempted by the look of this awesome manchurian..rice looks delicious too..ultimate combo.

Varadas Kitchen said...

Both the dishes look perfect. The rice with all the vegetables is so colorful and appetizing.

Harini-Jaya R said...

Lovely. My husband is a great fan of Indo-Chinese food. I have been thinking about this combo and shall have to make it now. Your post and pictures gave me the final push :)

Usha said...

Colorful fried rice and I can have it for any meal, including breakfast. Looking forward to that manchurian recipe. I always struggle with Chinese side dishes. Mine turns out ok but nothing amazing and am stilling on the hunt for the best Chinese side dish that I can make regularly at home.

Pavani N said...

What a delicious combo Suma. Lucky you to have a manchurian maker at home -- both the dishes look perfect together :-)

Srividhya said...

Love indo chinese. both the dishes are great... i m drooling here

Sarita said...

Love this combo! This is one of my favorite., they look great.

Priya Suresh said...

Am ready to die for a plate of this irresistible fried rice and manchurian, so tempting combo.

Jayanthi Sindhiya said...

Delicious combo! Fried rice looks so appealing!! can't wait for manchurian recipe :)

Maha Gadde said...

superb and love luking rice.

Anonymous said...

both dishes are look great more information please send at manish@q8living.com

Sreevalli E said...

The combination is awesome. They are made so perfectly.Yum.

veena krishnakumar said...

Such a lovely combo...looks perfect!