Monday, September 5, 2011

Chinese Fried Rice

1 1/2 cups uncooked rice, preferably parboiled rice
2 tbsp oil
2 green chilies, chopped finely
2 spring onions, chopped along with the greens
2 flakes garlic, chopped and crushed
1/4 cup very finely sliced french beans
1 carrot, finely diced
1/2 big capsicum, diced
1 tsp salt
/12 tsp of each of pepper and ajinomoto
1/2-1 tsp soya sauce
1 tsp vinegar(optional)

1. clean, wash and soak rice for 10 minutes. Boil 6 cups  water with 2 tsp salt. Drain and add rice to boiling water. Cook uncovered till the rice is just done and still firm. Do not overcook. Strain. Keep in the strainer for 10 minutes to let all the water drain out. Fluff up the rice with a fork to let the steam escape and to separate the grains of rice. Spread out the cooked rice on a large tray and keep under the fan to dry out nicely.
2. Chop green onions, keeping the chopped green part separate.
3. Heat oil. Reduce heat. Splutter green chilies.
4. Stir fry garlic and the white of onions, keeping the green part.
5. Add beans and then carrots. Stir fry for 1 minute. Add capsicum.
6. Add salt, pepper and ajinomoto.
7. Add rice. Add soya sauce and vinegar.
8. Add the green onions and salt to taste. Stir fry the rice for 2 minutes. Serve hot.

Tip of the day: Add a few drops of lemon juice in the water before boiling the rice to make rice whiter.

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