Sunday, November 17, 2013

Quick Fried Rice

Ok...I have just got 30 minutes before my son comes back home for lunch, and I haven't yet prepared lunch!! Checked the fridge...have got little bit of prawns curry (only 5 pieces and some gravy left), yesterday's beef curry (3 small pieces left - after I sent lunch for hubby), some french beans and just 1 egg left. Have to do something very quick...checked for rice..have 1.5 cups of basmati rice left. Immediately put for soaking. Meanwhile I worked on the veggie, chopped them really fine. After 10 minutes of soaking, immediately boiled the rice. It got ready in another 10 minutes while chopped the prawns and prawns to smaller pieces. Kept the cooked rice under fan so that it gets cooled fast..In another kadai, immediately added some oil, added the chopped veggie, prawns & beef with a generous sprinkling of salt and pepper. When they were almost crisp, they were removed to one corner of pan, the egg  was added, immediately sprinkled with salt and pepper. They were fried too. Mixed everything again together. Checked the rice, its cold added them to the kadai. Thorough tasted added the prawns gravy (whatever was left) ..tasted..oops..I forgot to add more salt, pepper and even forgot the soy sauce..added them..mixed up.. tasted could still be better ...checked the Nando's Lemon n Herbs sauce (I somehow dont like adding tomato sauce to fried rice as it makes the entire dish red) ...added generously... mixed up..tasted ...WOWWW.... Switched off the stove, closed the pan with the lid for the amazing flavours to set in and ran down to pick up my son...
That was one of the best fried rice I have ever tasted...

I really think we moms becomes creative and the best comes out of us when we are under pressure.. So here goes my "Fried Rice in 30 minutes" recipe.


Basmati rice - 1.5 cups
Water - 3 cups
Salt - as required

Cooked Prawns (I used curried) - 1/2 cup
Cooked meat (beef or chicken) - 1/2 cup
Veggies , chopped - 1/2 cup (carrot, beans etc)
Egg - 1 (you can add upto 2)
Soy sauce - 1 tbsp
Lemon and Herbs sauce - 3 tbsp (I used Nando's)
Salt & Pepper - as per taste


Soak rice for atleast 10 min. Then cook the rice with double the amount water, add some salt too. Once cooked, keep it for cooling. Meanwhile, heat a wide mouthed pan (big enough to hold rice), add some oil (ideally, gingelly oil). Once the oil is hot, add the veggies and sprinkle some salt and pepper. Let them get crisp. Keep it aside. Now add prawns and meat. Remove them from oil once crisp. Scramble egg into left-over oil, sprinkle salt and pepper immediately and scramble well. Once egg is cooked, keep it aside. In the remaining oil (add more oil if there is not enough left), add the cooled rice, give it a good stir. Sprinkle salt and pepper. Now add the fried items that were kept aside. Give everything a nice mix. Add the sauces, and thoroughly mix again. Check for salt. Once everything is mixed well and taste is ok, keep the pan closed with its lid for sometime. This allows for all the flavors to set in.

You can either have it just like that or serve with some chinese side dishes.

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