When inertia gets the best of you – make a bowl of fried rice !

You have to start somewhere to get going. Ingi told so, and so here it is.






Out of the numerous variations of desi fried rice that we tasted and loved, here is one with no sauces added during preparation. Rice is flavored with a medley of vegetables, spring onion and freshly ground white/black pepper. If you are venturing into this recipe, please feel free to get benefited from the following three tips.

1) Use freshly ground black/white pepper
2) Cool the cooked rice thoroughly
3) Never opt to omit bell peppers

Bharathy, this post is for you.





Rice (long grain, preferably Basmati) – 2 cups
Garlic minced – 1 ½ tbsp
Boneless cooked shredded chicken – 1 cup
Diced carrots – 1 cup
Diced green beans – ½ cup
Diced bell pepper (red and green mixed) – 1 ¼ cup
Green onion chopped – ½ cup
Whole white or black pepper – ½ tsp
White vinegar – 2 tbsp
Eggs – 2
Oil – 3 tbsp
Salt – to taste

Heat 1 ½ tbsp oil in a pressure cooker (lid off!). Lightly sauté 1/4 tbsp of garlic. Before garlic pieces change color add Basmati rice and gently mix to coat the grains with oil . Add 2 ½ cups of hot water, 1 tbsp vinegar, salt and pressure cook till one whistle. Turn off the heat, wait 5 more minutes. Release pressure, open the cooker, spread the cooked rice on a platter and let it cool. You need thoroughly cooled rice for making this dish, so it is better to prepare the rice the day before and store it in the fridge.


Beat eggs with a pinch of salt. Heat oil in a pan, scramble the beaten eggs. Remove from the stove to a chopping board, finely mince and keep. In the same pan heat 1 tbsp oil, add 1 tbsp garlic and stir fry for 30 seconds. Add green beans and carrots, toss to coat with oil. Add 2 tbsp water and cook covered for 1-2 minutes. Remove the lid, increase the heat, add bell peppers, chicken, half of the chopped green onions and finely crushed black/white pepper. Add salt to taste. Stir fry for 1 minute at high heat. Add the cooked rice, keep stir frying for 2-3 more minutes. Sprinkle 1 tbsp vinegar; stir fry for 1 more minute. Remove from stove, add the remaining spring onions and scrambled egg. Mix well and serve hot.

37 comments:

Asha said...

Great colorful dish to come back with after inertia!:D
Beautiful Fried rice but I do need a fork to eat, still haven't learnt to use Chopsticks!

Vineela said...

Hi Archana,
LOOKS Delicious.
Waiting to see your cakes.
Vineela

Anonymous said...

wow yummy fried rice...was missing you all these days..
Suma

Manisha said...

Welcome back! Your bowl of fried rice is the kind I like the best! No sauces and lots of freshly ground black pepper!

remya said...

thats a lovely dish!!! love all ur cakes...wats spl for christmas??

shilpa(AR) said...

Ohh that looks so yummy Archana. You make even a simple dish look so beautiful..hats off to u...

Gini said...

Great dish to break the inertia. So you chop the egg again. I always wondered how they made the egg so fine. You have answered a question that has been bothering me for a long time.

archana said...

Asha
You are a nice girl, thank you. If i am given chopsticks with friedrice only thing i can do is to try to eat both ! You have company here.

Vineela,
So good to see you back Vineela,i was wondering all these days about where you have gone. Got excited when i saw your comment.

Suma
Thank you for missing me, it is such a soothing thing to hear.

Manisha,
Thank you. That's how i like it too. The more veggies the better.

Remya,
Thank you. Now that Xmas is almost very close, i will have to sit and seriously think about my baking plans. Hope i will be able to do somehting this year too.

Shilpa
Thank you so much dear, you do the same too.

Gini
I was wondering about it too. But chefs still do their eggs the right way, ie whacking those designer woks that they use in shows what seems like almost 100 times. I have only one wok and so i cheat, i chop ! It works fine Gini.

Sig said...

Hey welcome back Archana :) That is one of the best looking fried rice I've seen!
I make a similar version without any sauce, but I add some chicken stock while cooking the rice... it adds a nice flavor...

Madhavi said...

Welcome back Archana!Great picture once again !Fried rice looks appetizing and certainly a must have in cool winter days.

Shella said...

Welcome back & the bowl if fried rice looks just perfect!!

Anita said...

I had the same idea...great minds and all that!

Welcome back!

Bharathy said...

One of the best friedrice here!
More than that you have made me so happy that I am not even able to go through the recipe!

WE ALL HEARTILY WELCOME YOU BACK..!!!:D

Meeta said...

Welcome back! Love the colorful veggies in the fried rice. It's something we cook up at least once a month in different varieties.

Indira said...

Inji is the Yoda of food blog world, and I am glad that you took her advice to heart.
So happy to see you back Archana.

The 3-pointer will do wonders to the any fried rice preparation. Nice recipe there.

SUGARCRAFT INDIA said...

Hi Archana
Really nice to see you back after a very very long time...
Fried rice looks exotic.

sagari said...

lovelyyyy fried rice recipeeee thanks for sharing

Menu Today said...

Hi Archana,
Nice to see your recipe.Your version looks easy. Will try this with vegetables. Thanks

Arundati Rao said...

great to have you back!! fried rice is always a sure fire hit!!

Shivapriya said...

Hey Archana, Nice to see u back. Fried rice looks nice. I make similar version but never tried add vinegar to rice while cooking. I should try sometime.

Anonymous said...

Hi archana, very long break huh? Fried rice looks colorful and perfect. My hubby loves it without any pastes/sauces in his fried rice as his mom makes it that way. Hers doesn't have pepper, vinegar and garlic, so basically just cinnamon and clove alone as spices. I never use to like that but yeah your idea of fresh pepper and garlic sounds really good and aromatic, so I'm gonna give your recipe a try this long weekend. Thanks Archana.

Rg.

bee said...

i am so making this. thanks for the recipe.

archana said...

Sig
Thank you. That’s delicious idea, will give it a try next time.

Madhavi
Thank you. Yes, now is the time to stir fry.

Shella

Thank you

Anita
Delighted! Few pinches of MSG will surely lift the flavors of a stir fry. Drawing inspiration from you, I am planning to show some courage next time.

Bharathy
Thank you dear, as I said grab this bowl please. IT IS FOR YOU.


Meeta
Thank you. Fried rice is perhaps the most versatile rice recipe I have. Anything and everything goes!


Indira
That girl rocks! Thank you Indira. People like you who show such adorable dedication to the art of food blogging is always an inspiration.

SUGARCRAFT INDIA
Thank you so much, I am so impressed by your gumpaste works.

sagari
Thank you

Menu Today
Thank you. You can happily omit the chicken and even the non vegetarians wouldn’t notice. It is all about the spring onions, bell peppers and black pepper.

Arundati Rao

Thank you. It sure is, also such a hassle free stuff to make for a crowd.

Shivapriya
Thank you. Vinegar keeps the grain separate and adds a tinge of nice and crisp flavor. You can skip it if you want.


Rg,
Good to see you here Rg. I am not for too many sauces in fried rice too, never tried it with other spices. Will be trying it out next time.

Bee
Thanks a bunch, glad that you liked it.

Nabeela said...

I am glad you're back Archana....do post as often as you can. I love your pictures and recipes :)

Anonymous said...

hey archana:

it is so good to have you back in the blog world. hope all is well with you. the fried rice looks yummy. i am going to try it soon. yours is one of the best blogs i've come across...perfect & classy...love your handiwork

ann

Anitha said...

Yummy!!...:-) That fried rice looks so delicious. Beautiful presentation.

Anitha

Mandira said...

Beautiful bowl of rice Archana :) and good to see you blogging!

Mallugirl said...

psst..i know the reason for ur absence, and its good to see ur wonderful photos again.welcome back!

Anonymous said...

Hello,
I tried your recipe for fried rice with no sauce and it was very delicious and healty. I did not make any change to your recipe and it was perfect.
Thanks a lot for sharing. This recipe is a keeper.
Priya

Linda said...

This is just wonderful! -- the rice, that is. No, seeing you back. OK, both :):)

Anonymous said...

hi
nice fried rice - easy, healthy, tasty and colourful. made it and blogged about it -

http://all-the-things-i-love-in-life.blogspot.com/2007/12/colourful-fried-rice-colourful-folk.html

thanks
d

Anonymous said...

Tried this out. My hubby and son loved it. It was easy to make too. Thanks a lot for this recipe.

Rg.

Meera said...

Yummo!! Simply delicious!

alph said...

Hi archana chechy,
Wow; It was really great presentation and delicious.This was my frist trial and found interesting, rather Wilson is very impressed and quite happy.
Alphonsa Wilson

Archana, mama of twins said...

hi archana
I tried this last night and it was really good. I had already prepared cold rice so i just sprinkled it with rice vinegar and fried garlic and followed the rest of your recipe. I really loved the fresh pepper in it.

Thanks!
Archana

Anonymous said...

Hi Very nice recipe. Prepared it many times.

Anonymous said...

This fried rice is my favorite now. Very good recipe. It's a keeper!!!Thanks, Sara

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