Friday, April 20, 2012

Fried Rice - Chinese style

Every city and town in India has its own version of Chinese food. Never mind that no person from China would recognize even half these dishes. I myself have tried several versions of 'Chinese' Fried rice. This is one version that I saw on a TV channel, recreated the same day and liked a lot.
What you need:
Carrot - 1, medium sized, chopped into thin long pieces
Capsicum/Bell pepper - 1, chopped into thin long pieces
Beans - 7-8, chopped into thin, long pieces
Leeks - 1/4 cup, chopped
Celery - 1/2 cup, chopped
Green chilli - 2 or 3 (adjust to taste)
Salt - to taste
Soya sauce - 1 tbsp
Spring onion - 1/4 cup, chopped
Onion - 1, chopped thin and long
Rice - 1 cup (I used a variety of rice called jeera rice)

Wash and soak the rice in plenty of water for 30 minutes. Drain and keep aside. Heat 2 tbsp of oil. Add onion and green chilli. Saute for 2 minutes and then add the leeks and celery. When the onions turn transparent, add capsicum, carrot, beans, soya sauce and salt. Stir well, cover and cook on a low flame. You do not have to add any water at this point as the vegetables in combination with soya sauce and salt will release water and cook beautifully. When the vegetables are cooked, remove from heat and keep aside. Heat 1 tbsp of butter in a pressure cooker. Saute the soaked rice along with some leeks, celery and spring onion. Add salt and water. The rice that I used requires two cups of water for every cup of rice. The amount of water to be used will depend on the quantity, quality and type of rice used. Cook until one whistle, reduce the flame and cook for another five minutes. Fluff with a fork and set aside to cool. Mix the cooked veggies and the rice well. The final step in putting the rice together might seem quite unnecessary, but it is essential to make sure that the flavours of the vegetables and the rice blend together well. In the final step, heat 2 tbsp of oil in a pan. Add some spring onion and the rice to this. Stir well until heated through. Enjoy!!! Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#14


lata raja said...

True everyone has their own version too! And many times watching something being televised tempts you to try. this one sounds surely one such recipe.

Unknown said...

Love it :)

Srivalli said...

Sounds interesting Jay!.sometimes recipes like these that we try the same time really ends up being so good..

Harini R said...

good of the fav rice varieties at home!

Priya Suresh said...

Personally i love this kind of one pot meal..delicious fried rice.

Jayanthi said...

I make fried rice too but your method is little new to me. Should try this one.

Chef Mireille said...

lots of veggies ..I like this healthier version than restaurant type

Usha said...

You are write about each city having their own version for chinese cuisine. Rice looks delicious and in Hyderabad Chinese fried rice soya sauce is not used.

The Pumpkin Farm said...

this is interesting..and love the addition of celery

Padmajha said...

Very true Jayasrhee..When I landed in China I ordered fried rice and was so shocked to see rice with scrambled eggs and shrimps!Even there , each province have their version of fried rice!!
Nice recipe...

Suma Gandlur said...

Interesting one!