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Apr 02

Indian Chinese: Fried Rice

Chinese food is quite popular across the globe. Its flavors and ingredients find favor with different palates, and make it a popular choice. However, most food that we have as ‘Chinese food’ isn’t really what Chinese people eat. A lot of preparations and ingredients are modified so that we can enjoy the taste according to what our preferences are. For instance, tomatoes and chillies are ingredients that would not be a part of typically Chinese food.

The time that I grew up in India, Chinese was a cuisine that had gained popularity, but had not really been explored to its full potential. There were some standard Chinese dishes that you could find in most Chinese restaurants, such as hakka noodles, fried rice, chilli chicken, ginger chicken or garlic chicken and a handful of other options. Nowadays, Chinese cuisine in India has become far more experimental and any decent Chinese restaurants will have different exotic dishes that don’t sound anything like the Chinese I had when I was growing up. If you were born in the 80s then you know what I am talking about. So, as an ode to the Chinese food and the flavors I had when growing up, I am going to provide some recipes that will bring that very taste of Indian Chinese-simple yet delicious.

There is a lot of reservation about Chinese food since the MSG added in most preparations to enhance the flavors makes it unhealthy. In fact, MSG or Mono Sodium Glutamate can cause cancer and a lot of restaurants are now providing MSG free options. The best way to avoid MSG, though, is to make it yourself!

My first recipe is for Chinese fried rice. My mother provided this recipe and I believe that she makes the best Chinese food I know of. This dish goes very well with a chicken or vegetable gravy-I will shortly provide recipes for those as well. If you are not particular about having a gravy dish with each meal, this rice is complete by itself since it has vegetables as well as rice. And chicken-for the non vegetarians.

Ingredients

I cup rice

7 cups water. If you are a non vegetarian, consider using chicken stock for enhanced flavors

1 cup mixed vegetables -use a mix of carrots, beans, cauliflower, peas and cabbage, finely chopped. You can even use a frozen mix if you choose. But thaw before use.

1 spring onion, finely chopped- this provides a wonderful flavor

1 tsp ginger garlic paste.You can use shredded ginger and garlic if you prefer

1 tbsp oil

Salt to taste

Optional ingredients-if you like chicken and egg

1 egg

1/2 cup boiled and shredded chicken

Optional ingredients-for seasoning

1 tsp soya sauce

1 tsp oyster sauce

Method
Boil the rice in 7 cups of water or stock and 1/2 tsp salt till 3/4 done. Strain the water and keep the rice aside.
In a thick bottomed wok, heat oil. When hot, add ginger garlic paste and saute till pink in colour. Add the cut vegetables,saute some more and add salt to taste. Continue to saute till almost done. Add the rice and mix well with the vegetables. Saute till rice and vegetable are done.

To add the chicken and egg, make a well in the center by pushing all the rice and vegetables to the sides. Once the bottom of the pan is visible, add a few drops of oil and break an egg and add.Mix the egg with quick stirring movements to get an even texture. Mix uniformly with rice and vegetables. Add 1/2 cup boiled and shredded chicken.

Chinese Fried Rice

If you prefer, you can add 1 tsp each of soya sauce and oyster sauce to add more flavor.

That’s it. Simple, quick and delicious. Serve hot.

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