vegetable fried rice

Vegetable Fried Rice in coconut flavour

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This recipe is a  very colourful  and equally flavourful -fried rice with an ample amount of vegetables, both for nutritional values and enriched taste. This is something very easy to make for a special occasion –  to go with a juicy chicken curry or any vegetable side dish of your choice or on it’s own with a boiled egg.

Let’s Make it :

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Cut carrots, green beans, leeks, one onion and a red capsicum chili  into very small pieces. chop some ginger and garlic.  Keep aside.

Lets cook the rice :

  • You need to wash and soak 1 & 1/2 cup of Basmati rice in water for about 20 mins.  Then add water just above the level of rice.  Drop a few pinches of salt, turmeric or saffron , two cloves, a cinnamon stick,  two cardamoms and a few drops of oil to prevent rice from sticking. Cook under low flame.
  • When the rice is half cooked, add two tbsp of Maggi Coconut milk powder or the same amount of fresh thick coconut milk.   This will give a creamy taste to the rice.  Open the lid and let the steam escape. Run a spoon through and let the rice to rest.  Mix a dash of turmeric to give a lovely colour.

Prepare the vegetables now: veg2

  • Heat up a wide wok and add a generous amount of butter. (olive oil or any other oil will not give the required flavour. )
  • Add  the chopped onion, ginger and garlic. Fry until golden.
  • Now add carrots and beans. Close the lid briefly to soften them.
  • Add the capsicum and leek whites first, lastly it’s green parts.
  • Fry  until the vegetables are  soft,  being careful not to let them change colour by getting over cooked. ( See the pic above)
  • Add the rice gradually while mixing with the vegetables.
  • Finally,  give all a very nice shake and sprinkle some Chinese chili paste on top to give a real zing !!!
  • Done!!

Green Savoury Rice

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This simple savoury rice dish  is kid’s favourite which tastes great on it’s own or accompanied with any side dish. Not only has it got a good texture, but also an appealing shape in the form of a dome; kids love it and so do grown-up’s, indeed. I got the inspiration for rice dishes from the Japanese: they turned boiled rice into various forms, while making the presentation as important as the taste. This is how you prepare it in order to get the above:

You will need:

 Basmati Rice 1 cup
Leeks- stem and green both parts / a bunch of spring onions 1 long stem
Garlic 5 cloves
Butter 2  tbsp
Fish sauce 1 tbsp
Frozen peas 3 tbsp
Salt to taste
A pinch of turmeric/saffron for colour

Let’s make it :

  • Wash and soak the rice in cold water for about 20 mins.
  • Drain  water and fill with fresh water  just above the level of rice.
  • Mix salt , turmeric/saffron and a few drops of olive oil to keep the rice grains apart once cooked.
  • Cover and cook under medium heat. Once cooked, open the lid, fluff up the rice and let the steam escape.
  • Meanwhile, heat butter in a wok.
  • Add garlic pieces and slightly brown them.
  • Add white stems of leeks first and stir fry for 1min.
  • Then add the green part of leeks and green peas. ( place the frozen green peas in the microwave with a little water and heat up for 1 -2 mins to thaw them)
  • Add fish sauce, three pinches of salt and stir fry another minute or two.
  • Now add cooked rice in batches while mixing.
  • Check for salt and add if needed more.
  • Your green savoury rice is ready to serve now.
  • Fill up rice in to a dessert cup and press down slightly. Now place gently on a plate upside down, give a little shake and lift up slowly.
  • A dome of green savoury rice will now be sitting prettily in the middle of your plate.

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