Thursday, June 16, 2011

Szechuan Fried Rice

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The title itself gives you an idea that I am going to share a spicy recipe today.One cuisine which fascinates me is the Chinese cuisine.It has a distinctive taste which is a treat to our taste buds:-)... Unlike the ordinary fried rice,this rice has tons of flavor because we are adding spicy red paste or sauce to it which turns the rice red in color(mine looks yellow because of poor lighting and photography,sorry about that!!).It does not require much time to prepare this recipe.Try making a version of Chinese take out night at home:))

1) Cooked rice - 1 cup
2) Mixed vegetables julienned (I used cabbage,broccoli florets,yellow and green bell pepper,mushrooms,peas,corn kernels)- 11/2 cups
3) Spring onions or green onions julienned - 1/4th cup
4) Soy sauce - 1 tblsp
5) Tomato ketchup - 1 1/2 tsp
6) Salt to taste
7) Pepper powder to taste
8) For the red paste:
a) Red chillies - 2 to 3 or according to your taste
b) Garlic - 2 small cloves
c) Ginger - 1/4 th inch
d) Red onion - less than 1/4th cup(I used 2 very small pieces),just for the flavor
9) Oil - 3 tblsp

In a small mixer jar,blend all the ingredients for the red paste.Keep aside.

Julienne all the vegetables.

In a wok,heat about half the oil and fry the ground paste till the raw smell goes.Then,stir fry all the vegetables on high flame one by one starting with green onions,add some salt.Fry until tender.Now add the soy sauce and half of the ketchup,fry for a minute or two.Then add the cooked rice and remaining ketchup.Adjust salt and pepper.With the help of two wooden spoons mix the rice well with the vegetables,so that both incorporates well with each other.Add some oil if needed.

Hot Szechuan Rice is ready!! Enjoy..

Note: You can add any other vegetables as per your wish.Can also add vinegar along with the sauces.

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