Saturday, April 30, 2016

Fried rice and chicken curry

Rice is staple food of India especially the south Indians. Growing up in Mysore, I was exposed to a wide variety of rice dishes. Any celebrations, get-togethers will have at least one or two varieties of rice dishes. Popular among them were bisibele bath, vaangi baath, hulianna, pulav, vegetable baath. These one pot meals are great for any occasions. You get to eat rice and vegetables in one dish. They make a delicious meal by itself. So if you are feeling lazy to cook several dishes…..go for these unique one pot meals.


Fried rice is one such dish popular in Asia. It is a dish made by stir frying cooked rice along with vegetables, eggs and meat. Of course there are variations each with their own specific list of ingredients. It is a great way to use up those leftover rice. My rendezvous with fried rice was restricted to restaurants and hotels until I started cooking. They hardly formed a part of our meals at home. Very rarely it was made only on some festive occasions….Now I make it every now and then. I am not a big fan of soy sauce. So my fried rice usually never has that ingredient. Occasionally I use a homemade tomato sauce in its place. I usually make a chicken curry to go with it.  I can have this without any side dishes too.
  

Basmati rice (or any long grain rice)- 1 cup
Vegetables -1cup [Capsicum, mushrooms, carrots, beans, peas etc] 
Garlic paste-2 tbsp
Lime juice-1 tbsp
Oil -3 tbsp
salt 
Pepper 
Tomato sauce-2 tbsp

Heat a tbsp of oil 1 tbsp of oil and add half of the garlic paste to it. Before it turns brown add the rice and fry until it turns slightly crisp. Add 2 cups of water and lime juice. Add ½ tsp salt and pressure cook it for one whistle (this depends on the cooker). Switch off the stove and allow the cooker to cool down for 5-10 mins. Then open the cooker and take out the rice. Spread it out on a plate to cool. The rice should be completely cool.  

Add the remaining oil in a wok and add the garlic paste (remaining half). Then add the veggies (all cut into thin strips or diced very thin) and fry well. Sprinkle some water and cook it covered for 5-6 mins. Check it out in between so that it does not stick to the bottom.  Add salt and pepper (powdered fresh) as required. Now add rice and tomato sauce. Mix them nicely and fry it for a couple of minutes. Switch off the stove and your fried rice is ready.

Fried rice with veggies and egg
Tips:
1. The frying the rice and adding lime juice helps in keeping each grain of rice separate. 
    Lime juice also adds a slight flavor to the rice. You can use vinegar instead of lime 
    juice. 
2. The rice can be cooked the night before or you can use leftover rice too.
3. You can scramble an egg and add to the rice along with veggies.

Chicken curry is a great combo for this fried rice. Here is a simple recipe for a great chicken curry. It is my mom’s recipe and is the easiest of all chicken curries I know.


Chicken-1/2 kg
Shallots/kochulli-1 cup (sliced thin)
Tomato-1 big (chopped)
Green chillies-3
Garlic-5 cloves (thinly sliced)
Ginger-2 inch (thinly sliced)
Cloves-2
Cinnamon-1/2 inch piece
Coriander powder1 tbsp
Chilli powder-1 tbsp
Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp
Curry leaves-1 sprig
Coriander leaves-2 tbsp
Oil-3 tbsp
Salt

Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces and keep aside. Heat oil in a big pan. Add sliced shallots and fry them until it changes color. Add turmeric and mix well. Then add garlic and ginger pieces saute them for a while. Add all the powders and fry it for 5 mins. Now add the chicken pieces and mix well until the masala is well coated on each chicken piece. Cover and cook for 10 mins. Then add chopped tomato, salt and the powdered cloves and cinnamon. Mix them all together. Cook uncovered for another 10 mins. Finally garnish with coriander leaves and switch off the stove. Keep it covered for 10 mins before serving. This curry also goes well with plain rice, pathiri, roti and chapathi. It tastes great with dosa too. 

Tips:
1. if chicken has too much fat, you can reduce the amount of oil used


1 comments:

Suja Manoj said...

Fried rice and chicken curry is my favorite combo..looks so yummy.

 
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