Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Vegetable fried rice | Easy Lunchbox recipes

We are not very big fans of Chinese cuisine, to be frank the desire varies. There are days when we crave for nothing but Chinese and then there are days when Chinese seems like a distant world. Few days back I had this deep desire to have Chinese food and by Chinese, not the manchurian or schezhwan varieties. All I wanted was a simple fried rice ~ mildly flavored rice with lots of fresh crunchy vegetables. On first thought, I thought of packing some curd rice with potatoes for the huss's lunchbox and then preparing fried rice for me and pappu by around 12. But then the huss enjoys Chinese occasionally too and so I made this simple one pot meal for the three of us.

There are many versions of fried rice out there, it depends on individuals taste and what ur pantry carries too. Some use a wide range of sauces like chilli, light soy, dark soy, fish and many more while some keep it simple by adding just soy. I have even tasted fried rice with just pepper powder and that is how I like mine too. However I have given the amount of soy sauce that needs to be put in for your convenience.

Prep time: 15 mins; Cooking time: 20 mins; Serves - 2

~*What U Need*~
Cooked basmati rice - 1 1/2 cups
Onions - 1, sliced
Spring onions - 2-3 stalks, chopped
Carrot - 1, diced
Beans - 4-5, diced
Capsicum - 1/2, medium, diced
Cabbage - 1/2 cup, shredded
Peas - a handful
Tomato ketchup - 2 tsp
Soy sauce - 1 tsp(optional)
Freshly ground pepper - 1 tsp, to taste
Salt - to taste
Oil - 1 tbsp
Spring onions - to garnish

How I Made it:
Cook basmati rice and cool it for 1/2 an hour. Heat oil in a tawa, add the sliced onions and saute till tender but not soft. Add the veggies except the spring onions and saute till crisp and tender. Add the ketchup, soy sauce(if using) and mix well. Cook for 2 mins and then season with salt and pepper. Add the rice and spring onions and mix till evenly coated. Remove from flame and garnish with more spring onions.

Serve hot with side dish of choice... I served it with some chicken kebabs...

** My Notes:
** The rice should be non sticky and separated. You could use refrigerated rice too
** Donot overcook the veggies. It should be tender and crunchy.
** I skipped the soy sauce.

So thats it Folks...
With Love,

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  1. i generally use soya sauce and green sauce.. :D urs look like indo chineese version Thumbs up for the shot

  2. Inviting clicks and perfectly cooked Vimitha.

  3. love the way ur fried rice looks... so yum...

  4. I am a big fan of fried rice and this is looking yumm.

  5. yummy and filling rice...such a comforting food..

  6. I love fried rice, great for a fast meal!

  7. So perfect looking veg fried rice.......lovely clicks.

  8. Makes me hungry :)wonderful Clicks!

  9. Wow fried rice ,i am big fan of fried rice.Exactly oposite to u :) This one looks super yummy and perfect .


  10. This fried rice looks so inviting :)


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