Time taken: 20 minutes
Ingredients to make Vegetarian Fried Rice
1 ½ cups rice, preferably soaked for an hour before cooking
4 cups lightly salted water
1 tbsp cooking oil
1 tbsp finely chopped garlic
1 tbsp finely chopped ginger
2-3 green chillies (adjust as per your preference) - finely chopped
1 medium onion or 2/3 spring onions - sliced
1 medium capsicum - sliced lengthwise
½ cup finely sliced cabbage
½ cup julienned carrot
1 tbsp soy sauce
½ tbsp green chilli sauce
½ tbsp red chilli sauce
1 tsp black pepper powder
Salt to taste
Spring onion greens – chopped
Method of making Vegetarian Fried Rice
Bring 4 cups of lightly salted water to a boil, add soaked rice. Cook till almost done. Drain rice (retain 2 tbsp of water in a separate cup) and keep aside to cool.
The rice should be slightly undercooked (a little less cooked than al-dente) and completely cooled down so the grains don’t break and turn to mush while mixing with vegetables & sauces later.
Add cooking oil, chopped garlic and ginger in a pan and turn on flame to medium low heat. Gently heat the garlic and ginger for a few seconds allowing the aromatics to release flavour and then add the green chillies.
If you like the heat from the chillies coming through in the recipe, add chillies to the cooking oil along with the ginger and garlic.
Lightly fry the aromatics, increase heat and add carrots. Sauté for less than a minute, add cabbage and sauté till it wilts a little. Add onions, sauté till they turn a light pink. Add capsicum, sauces, salt & pepper and the 2 tbsp of water retained from the rice. Let this cook for a few seconds and lower the heat. Mix in the rice, check seasoning and adjust as per taste.
Garnish with chopped spring onion greens and serve.
Fried rice goes well with Hakka Noodles and stir fried veggies, schezwan chicken, chilli chicken...
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