Monday, November 8, 2010

Vegetable Fried Rice (style: 1)

style 1 refers to bachelor or students type. This is quick n easy and doesn't need lot of energy, when you have somebody unexpected at home or if you are tired, you could pick this recipe.


Vegetables of your choice, the ones I usually use are:
2 carrots
1/2 beet root
11/2 cup cabbage
1/2 cup beans
1 cup bell pepper
1 big potato
1 cup soy beans or meal maker
To make things easy, you could also use a frozen mixed vegetable, I don't prefer unless extremely out of resources,time & energy
Bread crumbs (optional)
1 onion
1 tomato (optional)
11/2 tbsp ginger garlic paste
2 chopped green chilly
11/2 tsp oil
few cinnamon (dalchina chekka)
2 cloves (lavangam)
1/2 cup curd
2 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp cumin powder
11/2 cups rice (basmati preferrably)
3 cups water
1 tsp ghee (optional)
Chilly powder (accordingly)
Salt (accordingly)


1. Wash and cut all the vegetables and keep them aside, in a pan, add the oil, add the garam masala(cinnamon sticks,cloves) add the chopped onions, green chilly and ginger garlic paste.

2. Fry the above till the raw smell of ginger garlic paste disappears and add the chopped tomato. Adding tomato is optional. Now add the coriander powder,cumin powder and 1/2 cup curd and mix it well.

3. Now add all the chopped veggies and bread crumbs and fry it for some time. If you want to add ghee, now you could add ghee as well.

4.I normally fry the rice for a while, before boiling which gives a great taste, so in another pan, I take some ghee and fry the rice for sometime, if you dont have time, you can skip this step and add the rice to the same pan in which the vegetables are there.

5. After the rice is fried for sometime add the chilly powder and salt, put everything in a rice cooker and add about 3 cups of water, for 11/2 cups rice. The trick here is you don't have to add any extra amount of water for the vegetables, they get cooked along with the rice. You could also use a pressure cook, if there is no rice cooker, but I normally prefer rice cooker as it is easy and drains any extra water if any!

The measurements of the vegetables I mentioned above are for about 11/2 cups of rice. For soya beans or meal maker, make sure you wash them and soak them for about 3 mins before adding to the pan.

+1 (IDEA)
You could also add cashews in the beginning while frying to make it more yummy. You could also include your favorite veggies like broccoli, red peppers, squash etc

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