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Thursday, 7 May 2015

Recipe Diary: A Spontaneous Fried Rice!

One of the easiest things to make is Fried Rice, its so dam easy, and you can put pretty much anything in it. Traditional Fried Rice has fewer ingredients, and the main or often only vegetables are corn, peas and carrots. I like to add as many vegetables as I have available to me so I am very spontaneous with my ingredients. A friend of mine really wanted the recipe, so I for the first time noted exactly what I put in. I'm not that great when it comes to writing out the recipes, or explaining how I cooked something, but I thought I would give it a try. 

Ingredients:





  • Soy Sauce
  • Olive Oil (Any oil is fine) 
  • Salt
  • Chili flakes
  • Thai peppers
  • Bell Peppers
  • 1 medium onion (Any kind)
  • Handful of cherry tomatoes
  • 2 radish
  • Handful Broccoli
  • Handful baby carrots
  • 3 Garlic Cloves
  • 3 Sweet mini bell peppers
  • 2 Thai Peppers
  • Tofu (I usually use 1/5 of what comes in the package)
  • 1 egg
  • Half a cup cooked Brown Rice (or any other rice is fine too)



Honestly this is the easiest recipe ever, and you can add whatever vegetables you want, I go with whatever I have. My staples are usually broccoli, spinach, carrots, onions and tomatoes.

The first thing you want to do is cook your rice, the brown rice usually takes up to 15-20 minutes to cook on low to medium heat, but you want to cook it for 2-3 minutes less because you don't want it fully cooked. Although you don't want to completely cook it, it shouldn't be raw or hard. The texture of it should be semi soft to hard. So basically if it takes you 20 minuted to cook rice, then only cook it for 15-17 mins.


Chop all your vegetables to your preferable size, something that can easily be swallowed. I cut up my cherry tomatoes into 4 halves.
I like to cut my carrots the long way, and try to get them to be as thin as possible.



    Then come the peppers, which I cut the same as the carrots.



Then I chop my garlic into small bits, but its still not quite finely chopped. 

I do the same with my Thai peppers. You can add as many as you like, I say the hotter the better, but some people don't like spicy food. So you can eliminate the Thai peppers completely. Its really your preference. 



Then I chop up my radish into small bits.

I always leave my onions to the last. A tip to avoid the tears is to soak the onion or onions in water.
I like to finely chop my onions, but I'm not too picky about it.


OKAY NOW THE ACTUAL COOKING PART!

You want to put 1 and a half table spoons of Olive Oil in a medium pan. Make sure the pan was on the stove for a minute or so before you put the oil in. On a side note my oil is from Village Press, and is fused with lemons. It smells really amazing, and I just love using it for the fried rice because it gives all the vegetables and rice a nice tangy taste. 

In whatever oil you chose, you then want to saute your garlic in it for around 30 seconds. You don't want them to go brown just yet.


You then want to add in the onions.

And the Thai peppers, and just saute all of it for a minute or so.

You can then add in your vegetables, and cook them for around 4-5 minutes. It really doesn't take the vegetables that I put in a long time to cook.

Sprinkle a little bit of salt either before or after you put your rice in.


Crack your egg in. You can crack your egg either directly, or beat the egg first and then put it in. I was lazy so I just cracked it straight in.


Stir all the vegetables around.



Just add some soy-sauce and wallah you have a meal ready! I kind of forgot to take a picture of what it looked like once it was ready to eat, I was too excited

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