Shital's-Kitchen: Vegetable Fried Rice

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Vegetable Fried Rice

You all know how much Snehanshu and I enjoy Chinese food. Noodles are my favortie, whereas Snehanshu enjoys rice and appetizers. Inchin's Bamboo Garden has been our latest favorite place to dine. In-Chin which stands for India and China :) and their Indo-Chinese food is perfect for Indian palate :) By now we have tried so many dishes at Inchin's, and have never been disappointed with them. So, last weekend instead of dining at the restaurant we enjoyed delicious homemade Indo-Chinese with my healthy twist by adding lots of veggies to my noodles and rice. For appetizers we made whole wheat potstickers. Yes, potstickers are Snehanshu's favorite and I made them super healthy not just with lots of veggies but also by using whole wheat flour instead of all purpose flour. I will post the recipes of noodles and potsticker soon.

Meanwhile, to make healthy fried rice:

Wash 1 cup rice. Boil 3 cups of water with 1 tsp. salt and add washed rice to it.
Boil rice for 10-12 minutes. You do not want to cook rice completely. I like to keep them Al Dente (slightly firm and not fully cooked) so that they complete cooking with the veggies. Drain all the water and let the rice rest.

While the rice cooks, you can prep and start sauteing veggies.
In a hot wok add 2 tbsps. oil. Add 1 tbsp minced ginger and 1 tbsp. minced garlic. Fry 1/2 cup finely chopped onions and 1/2 cup finely chopped bell pepper.

Add 1/4 cup finely chopped green beans and 1/4 cup finely chopped carrots. Fry for 4-5 minutes with 1 tsp. salt. Add 1/4 cup finely chopped cabbage and chopped onion greens.
(You could also add chopped mushrooms and baby corn to this recipe)

When veggies are partially cooked (I do not overcook them) add boiled rice.
Add 1 tbsp. vinegar and toss rice and veggies well. Cook for 4-5 minutes for flavors to blend well.
(sprinkle water of needed, and cover and cook)

Take a taste test for salt. 
I do not add soy sauce to the rice while cooking. Snehanshu likes to pour a bit while serving.

Simple fried rice ready to be served with some soy sauce.

Enjoy simple Vegetable Fried Rice!!

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