One of the things that I miss the most about India is the Indochinese from the street hawkers. The food is delicious; I really don’t want to know what makes it delicious as I might not eat it after. I have since attempted to replicate those dishes, one such dish is the simplest fried rice. My mum always used to cook fried rice with ease, but there was some valuable lessons I learned working at Blue Ginger, Ming Tsai is a humble person with wealth of information to share. One such thing I learned is to make good fried rice you need a mix of brown and white rice. Also, make sure the rice is cold and dry; I keep my spread on a plate and in the fridge so it is really dry. I don’t think there I much difference in regular fried rice and Indian, maybe a bit more garlic and chilies in this one. I can eat this any day, most of the time I prefer to eat my food in my pajamas. To me all food tastes better in good company and when you are relaxed. Nothing better than a bowl of rice and a bottle of beer, of course you can have water or wine with it too. I try to put more vegetables in my rice so I don’t feel too guilty eating all that starch, this time I didn’t have many so used frozen peas and carrots.
- 3 cups cooked brown rice
- 3 cups cooked white rice (short grain)
- 1 large onion – chopped
- 1 cup of mixed peas and carrots (I used frozen and nuked it a little in the microwave)
- ½ cup corn kernels
- 1 heaping tbsp. of Garlic
- 1 heaping tbsp. of Ginger
- 2 squirts of siracha
- 2 tbsp. Oil (yes of course it is fried rice after all)
- 1 tbsp. Soy sauce
- 1 tbsp. Maggi seasoning
- ½ tbsp. of white vinegar
- 1 tsp sugar
Heat oil in a pan; add the onions and the tsp of sugar to the onions. Cook them until they are a little brown, but not completely. Add siracha, garlic, ginger and sauté it for a minute. Add the veggies now (peas, carrots, and corn), let them cook for about three minutes. Add soy sauce, maggi seasoning sauce and rice (both brown and white). Add the vinegar at the end, mix it well and it is ready to serve.
Sometimes you can also let the rice burn a little on the bottom to obtain a crispy texture there. You can add green bell peppers or zucchini if you wanted to. In short you can add whatever you fancy here. This is just a model of what the basic fried rice is like. Please adjust and change the recipe as you wish, cooking is always your own. Like I said I don’t’ measure much when I cook, we all have different tastes so adjust it per your liking. I also add green chilies to mine at times, chicken is always good more protein. Enjoy!