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Vegetable Fried Rice

January 26, 2008

 veg-fried-rice.jpgA rainy, cold day like today deserves something spicy and piping hot! My sis had sent this recipe to me a few weeks ago and it was a perfect One Pot Meal to try tonight. Its simple and takes as long as a cooker (electric rice cooker or pressure cooker) takes to cook.

What You Need
  • 1 tsp of Ghee (or Butter)
  • 1 tsp of Olive oil (my modification- I ran out of ghee
  • 1 Cup Basmati Rice
  • 2 Cups of water
  • A medley of vegetables (beans, mushrooms, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, potato- any vegetable except the squishy, gooey kind like okra will do well); True to form, I used frozen asian stir fry mix comprising mushrooms, snap peas, water chestnut, edamame etc.
  • 2 Tbsps of Tomato paste or puree
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1 tsp Chaat Masala
  • 1 tsp Amchur
  • 1-2 chopped green chillies or 1 tsp of red chilli powder (if you want it spicy)
  • Salt to taste
  • Topping- cubes of home made paneer¬†
  • 2-3 Green Onions

How its Done

  1. Heat the ghee and oil in the pressure cooker pan (or a wok or fry pan, if using electric rice cooker)
  2. If you’re using fresh vegetables, add them to the oil first.If you use frozen, microwave thawed vegetables ( as I did), add the rice first and saute till almost transluscent ( ensures that the rice is coated with oil/butter that will keep it fluffy and separate, rathe than sticky). Then, add the thawed veggies and saute for a few minutes.
  3. Add the tomato paste or puree, mix well. If using pressure cooker, add the water, all the masala powders (garam, chaat, amchur), stir and cover with pressure cooker lid and whistle till it starts hissing with steam. Reduce heat and let cook for 5-8 minutes and then turn off heat. If using, electric rice cooker, transfer the veggie-rice mix to the cooker pan, add water and the masalas, cover and switch to “cook” mode till done.
  4. While the rice is cooking, heat a non- stick frying pan and add a tad bit of olive oil to heat. Chop the green onions finely and add the white part to the hot oil and stir fry. Toss the paneer cubes with some garam masala and lime juice and add it to the sauted green onions and cook till the paneer browns a little (in a non-still frying pan, the cubes need to sit undisturbed for a few minutes to form the brown crispy cover). This makes a fun topping to the fried rice.
  5. When the rice is done, mix it while taking care that you don’t break or mash the rice grains.

Serve hot with the paneer topping, chopped green onions and a cool cup of yogurt on the side. The spiciness of the rice meal is perfectly complemented by the yogurt.

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