Monday, August 27, 2012

Indo Mexican Fried Rice

This is a healthy, colorful and customizable dish which is full of flavor. The main ingredients are listed below. You can add more vegetables of your choice (optional below) to customize it to your taste.

¾ Cups Uncooked Rice
1.5 Cups Water
Salt to Taste

2 Teaspoon Vegetable oil
1 Small Onion, Julienne (Cut into long thin strips)
2 Big or 3 Small Cloves of Garlic, Finley Chopped,
2 Bell Peppers, Julienne
2 Tomatoes, Cut into Small Pieces
1 Teaspoon Red Chili Powder (Add more if you like it extra hot)
1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder,
1 Teaspoon Chives or Greens from Green Onions, Finley Chopped (Optional)
1/2 Cups Frozen Mixed Vegetables (optional)

Wash the rice with 2-3 changes of water. Transfer it to a pan. Add 1.5 cups water and salt and bring it to a boil. Now, turn the heat to low/simmer and cook covered for 20 minutes. Turn off the stove, and transfer the rice to a big shallow dish so that it cools quickly.
Note: Let the rice cool completley before adding it into the veggies.

Heat oil in a pan. Once hot, add the onion and garlic, and some salt, and cook on medium flame until the onions are transluscent. Stir occasionally. Now add the tomatoes. Add just enough salt for the tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes or until the tomatoes just start to break down. Add the bell pepper and some salt and cook for another 5 minutes or until the tomatoes completley break down. At this point, add the mixed vegetables, red chili powder and turmeric powder. Cook for 3-4 minutes. Now add the cooked rice and stir fry on high flame for 2 minutes so as to heat up the rice and mix the seasoning well.

Take off the stove and garnish with chives and serve immedietly.

Note: I like to season each layer with salt while cooking, and hence you will notice that I add a little salt each time I add an ingredient in the pan. I feel that this way everything gets evenly seasoned with salt. 
You can cook per your preference i.e season each layer (just like I do), add all the salt in the initial layer, or add it at the end. 

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