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Fried rice is popular dish in Asian cuisine especially in Chinese food. It is made with steamed white rice/brown rice, stir fried in wok with some meats, eggs and veggies of your choice. There are many varieties of fried rice, with its own specific list of ingredients.

Fried rice is also the most common food sold in Chinese takeout. You can make fried rice with left over rice and jazz up a quick, easy and satisfying meal anytime. Couple of days ago, I was thinking to make something with the left over Rotisserie chicken which was sitting in my fridge. And this is the first dish came to my mind. Also I had some veggies to add to the rice…so, this dish perfectly fits in my menu and hence I made this for our dinner that night.

This dish hardly takes up anytime to prepare, if you assemble, chop and cut everything in advance.  I didn’t have any left over cold rice, so I have used freshly cooked rice and the outcome was amazingly delicious. When I was done cooking, hubby came out from study room to enquire what I am cooking which is so fragrant and delicious smelling…and yes, he was on perfect timing for DINNER!

Chicken Fried Rice

Chicken Fried Rice

Ingredients

  • 1  1/4 cup basmati rice
  • 1  cup cooked chicken, cut into thin strips
  • 1/4 cup orange bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup frozen green peas, thawed
  • 1 medium-sized carrot, peeled and cut in small pieces
  • 1/4 cup cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed and chopped
  • 4 green(spring) onions, thinly sliced
  • 6-7 florets of broccoli, cut in small florets
  • 1 teaspoon roasted cumin powder
  • pinch of turmeric powder
  • 2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 3 eggs, scrambled
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • salt to taste

For Sauce:

  • 2 teaspoon garlic chili sauce/paste
  • 2  1/2 teaspoon dark soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoon stir fry sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 3-4 dashes of hot sauce
Chicken Fried Rice

Chicken Fried Rice

Directions:

  • To cook the rice, add water double the amount of rice, bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes. Once done, uncovered the rice and let the rice cool down completely and then fluff it with a fork.
  • Mix everything under sauces and keep it aside.
  • Heat oil over high heat in large frying pan or wok and add the white part of green onions, garlic and stir-fry for 1 to 2 minutes or until onion has softened. Add carrots, peas, broccoli, salt to taste and stir fry these veggies on high heat. Add very little of salt, just to season the veggies.
  • Add turmeric powder, mixed sauces, roasted cumin powder and stir well with the veggies. Throw in the bell pepper, cabbage and cook for 1 minutes or so.
  • Add the cooked rice, chicken meat. Stir well and cook over medium high heat for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add scrambled eggs, cilantro leaves, chopped green onions and mix well.
  • Remove from heat, garnish with some thinly sliced onions to serve!
Chicken Fried Rice

Chicken Fried Rice

Nutrela Patties

Posted: March 23, 2011 by incidentalcooksuman in Breakfast, Indian Food, Snack
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I always keep a packet of nutrela chunks in my pantry because you can make so much out of it. When I am not in mood of elaborate cooking this always comes to my rescue. Throw in some veggies, potatoes and rice and add some soya chunks to have a wholesome meal.

Recently I have asked my hubby to get some soya chunks from Indian grocery store on the way to home. And  instead of getting soya chunks, he got a packet of soya granules. Those of you who uses this product will know that there is no difference in packet and both looks the same. And this granules are sitting in my pantry since then. So, in order to use this I decided to make some patties and it really turned out wonderful.

I am glad that he mistakenly got something good for me to try my hands on. Or else I would never have thought of getting these granules and making patties out of them. Even my son enjoyed eating couple of bites of the patties though it was bit spicy for him.

Nutrela Patties/Cutlets

Nutrela Patties/Cutlets

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup soya granules
  • 1 large potatoes
  • 1/3 cup frozen green peas, thawed
  • 1/4 cup frozen sweet corn, thawed
  • 1 small carrot, cut in small cubes
  • 1 green chilli, devined and chopped
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh methi leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon worchesterire sauce
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • salt to taste
  • Oil for frying

Method:

  • Wash and pressure cook potato. Once cooled, peel and mash the cooked potatoes.
  • Keep soya granules in hot water for 5-10 minutes. Drain the granules and keep it aside.
  • In a hot boiling water, add carrots, peas and corn and boil for 5-7 minutes. You want veggies to be tender not overcooked, once done, drain the same and keep it aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add the mashed potatoes, veggies and rest of all the above mentioned ingredients.
  • Take a handful of mixture, form it into a smooth ball by lightly pressing in between your palms. Repeat the same to complete the rest of the mixture.
  • Make an assembly of three plates, one with bread crumb mixture, beaten eggs and soya patties.
  • Dip soya patties in beaten eggs and then in bread crumb mixture and slightly press to flatten it. Repeat the same to complete the rest of the patties.
  • Heat oil in a flat pan over medium high heat, fry the patties in hot oil on both the sides until golden brown and crispy. Do not turn to other side until one side is completely done. Drain excess oil on paper towel.
  • Repeat the same for the rest of soya patties.
  • Serve hot with ketchup and enjoy.
Nutrela Patties/Cutlets

Nutrela Patties/Cutlets

Vegetable Chop/Cutlet

Posted: September 13, 2010 by incidentalcooksuman in Baking, Indian Food
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Recipe Yields: 8-9 Vegetable Chop 

Vegetable Chop/Cutlet 

Vegetable chop is a popular snack in eastern part of India.  We would have this almost every evening during our summer stay in Kolkatta at my grandparents house. We would wait for our uncle to come home with this hot cutlets/chop in thongas (which is a bag made out of newspaper).  We would dig into his bag as soon as he came home and find things to indulge ourselves. 

Everyday something different to eat and enjoy. Good old days and memories which we still cherish and get nostalgic about. 

Vegetable Chop is a deep-fried snack with lots of veggies mashed and then coated with bread crumbs.  To make it bit more healthier I have decided to bake this instead of frying. It turned out exactly the same as in my memory and i was transported back in time. 

Vegetable Chop/Cutlet

Vegetable Chop/Cutlet

Ingredients: 

  • 1 small beet root, boiled, mashed
  • 1 small potato, boiled and mashed
  • 1 medium-sized carrots, boiled and mashed
  • 1 cup cauliflower florets, boiled and mashed
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1 small white onions, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 3 green chillies, devined and chopped
  • 1/4 cup slightly roasted peanuts in oil
  • 2 tablespoon raisins
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh coriander leaves, chopped
  • salt to taste

For the coating 

  • 1/2 besan/chick pea flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 1 cup bread crumbs

Preparation: 

  • In a large bowl, mash all the boiled vegetable together, add salt to taste and keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan, add onions followed by ginger, garlic and green chillies and cook until the onions are translucent.
  • Add turmeric powder, coriander powder, red chilli powder, garam masala powder and peas to the pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Now add the mashed vegetables to the pan and cook for 2-3 more minutes. Turn off the gas and add peanuts and raisins to the mixture and mix altogether. Keep it aside to cool.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the coating batter by combining all of the ingredients mentioned above except the bread crumbs.
  • Now with the vegetable mixture, make elongated balls and keep it aside.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 375 deg farenheit.
  • Take the vegetable balls and dip it in the prepared batter properly and then coat each ball with bread crumbs and place on the baking sheet.
  • Repeat the above steps to complete the rest of the balls.
  • Once done, bake the vegetable chops in oven for 30-35 minutes turning once in a while. Cook until the chops are golden brown from outside.
  • Cool off and enjoy with ketchup and salads.
Vegetable Chop/Cutlet

Vegetable Chop/Cutlet

Vegetable Biryani

Posted: August 30, 2010 by incidentalcooksuman in Indian Food
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Recipe Yields: 5-6 servings

Vegetable Biryani

Who does not love to have this kind of rich and elegant food in their menu once in while. I said once in while because as every one know making Biryani is little bit time-consuming compared to the rest of foods. Especially on weekends it’s really difficult to put together such things as we are running around, cleaning, shopping and what not. Also, weekends are the only time when you will feel like having such kind of meal. At least at my house my mom would make this biryani which is just Heavenly, on weekends. When we all sit together and can enjoy this delicious Biryani.
Vegetable Biryani

Vegetable Biryani

So, here goes the recipe:
Ingredients:
  • 1 medium-sized white onion,cut in slices
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • 1 cup cauliflower florets
  • 1 1/2 cup green beans, cut diagonally into long strips
  • 1 beet root, peeled, cut in Julienne
  • 1 carrot, peeled, cut in Julienne
  • 1 cup green bell pepper, cut in slices
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 4 green chillies, deveined and cut in strips
  • 1 teaspoon chilli Powder
  • 4 tablespoons Olive oil
  • 1 large tomato, cut in big chunks
  • 1 tablespoons turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 cup roasted peanuts and cashews in oil
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 4 dried bay leaves
  • Salt to taste

For cooking rice:

  • 2 1/2 cups basmati  rice
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1  tablespoon oil
  • 2 bay dried bay leaves
  • 1 Tablespoon butter

Directions

  • Wash basmati rice, drained and keep it aside for about 10-15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a pan over medium heat and add thinly sliced onions followed by ginger, garlic, green chillies and cook until onions are translucent, about 2-3 minutes or so.
  • Add all the veggies starting from cauliflower, beans, peas, carrots and then beet roots and stir fry for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, salt to taste. Cook the veggies for 5-6 minutes or until they are slightly tender.
  • Garnish with some of cilantro/coriander leaves. Once done keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker, add cumin seeds, bay leaves and let it get slighty brown and then add the soaked rice, salt and stir well so that each of the rice grain gets coated with oil.
  • Add 4 cups of water and cover the lid and cook for 1 whistle.
  • Let the cooker cool down and then open the lid.

For assembling Biryani:

  • Take a deep pan with a lid on it, heat the pan with 1 tablespoon of butter and spread all under the pan after it gets melted.
  • First spread a layer of rice under the bottom of pan, followed by layer of veggies, sprinkle chopped coriander, cashews , peanuts and dried cranberries on top.
  • Repeat it again with the layer of rice , followed by veggies , coriander leaves, peanuts, cashews and cranberries. The top most layer should be of rice, sprinkle all leftover coriander leaves, peanuts, cashews and cranberries .
  • Cover the lid of the pan and cook for 3-4 minutes. Let it rest for sometime and serve.
  • Serve with raita and salad.

Vegetable Biryani

Vegetable Biryani

One more closer look of the biryani..

Vegetable Biryani

Vegetable Biryani

Udon noodles in Veggies

Posted: August 25, 2010 by incidentalcooksuman in Noodles
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Udon noodles in Veggies

I like to make easy breezy dinner on the weekends. I got an idea of this dinner from Wegmans pamphlet, So I looked in on the site and got the recipe which I have modified according to our taste and liking. This is non-vegetarian version of the noodles but if you are vegetarian you can also try out this recipe with mushrooms and I can guarantee you that you will not be disappointed.

Udon noodles in Veggies

Udon noodles in Veggies

Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breast, cut in long strips
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 white onion, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 portabla mushroom, gills removed, sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 cup sweet snap peas
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grounded black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli flakes
  • 2 teaspoon kikkoman soya sauce
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 2 servings of Udon Noodles(Japanese wheat noodles), cook as per the direction on package.

Preparation:

  • Heat oil in a pan over medium high heat and add the chicken pieces and cook until they are golden brown. Once done keep it aside.
  • Meanwhile, heat oil in another  pan over medium high heat, add onions followed by garlic and red chilli flakes.
  • Add the veggies and cook for 3-4 minutes or until the veggies are tender.
  • Add the sauces , cooked chicken pieces, salt to taste, freshly grounded black pepper and mix everything well.
  • Toss in the cooked noodles and garnish with chopped spring onions and serve.
Udon noodles in Veggies

Udon noodles in Veggies

 

Samosa

Posted: August 24, 2010 by incidentalcooksuman in Indian Food, Snack
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Recipe Yields: 16 Samosa’s  

Samosa  

Samosa(Pronounce as Sa Mousa) is the popular snack in india which is a stuffed pastry in a triangular shape.  Usually the stuffing is made of potatoes, green peas, peanuts and some spices and then the pastry is deep-fried in oil. Samosa are often served with tamarind chutney and green mint chutney.  

This is the first time I have tried making this at home but needless to say the outcome was great and satisfying.  

Samosa

Samosa

Ingredients:  

For the crust:  

  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon ghee/Clarified butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon ajwain/carom seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup warm water to knead the dough

Take everything mentioned above for the crust in a large bowl except water. Slowly add water and knead the dough. Dough should not be sticky or it will be difficult to handle. Once done keep it aside covered.  

Meanwhile prepare the stuffing for samosa:  

Ingredients:  

  • 2 medium-sized potatoes, boiled, peeled and roughly mashed
  • 6-7 curry leaves
  • 1 cup frozen green peas, thawed
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1/3 cup slightly roasted peanuts in oil
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 green chillies, deveined and chopped
  • Oil for deep-frying

Preparation:  

  • Heat oil in a pan over medium high heat, add cumin seeds and let it get brown.
  • Add green peas followed by turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, chopped curry leaves, green chillies and salt.  Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add peanuts and boiled potatoes to the pan and mix everything gently. Switch off the gas and transfer the filling in a bowl and let it cool down.
  • Meanwhile divide the dough into 8 equal parts and roll each of them such that they are smooth and without cracks.
  • Now take one portion and roll it into a circle about 6 inches in diameter.
  • Cut into two equal parts in semi-circle using a knife or pizza cutter.
  • Now take one of the semi-circle and fold it like a cone and hold in between your index finger and thumb for the filling.
  • Spoon the filling in the cone and seal the third side by using a drop of water as glue.
  • Repeat the steps 5-8 for the rest of the portion balls.
  • Once done heat oil in a deep skillet and fry the samosa’s until golden brown and crispy from both the sides.
  • Serve warm with tomato ketchup and enjoy.
Samosa

Samosa

Vegetable Pulao with Tomato Curry

Posted: August 20, 2010 by incidentalcooksuman in Indian Food
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Recipe Yields: 2 Servings

Vegetable Pulao with Tomato Curry

This is very simple yet deliciously good tasting meal. I make this kind of lunch on the weekends when I am not in a mood to make elaborate lunch but want to have something fancy. My mom use to make this dinner usually on some festival night when we are full with having sweets especially on diwali night but feel to have a light meal. I serve this pulao with simple tomato curry masala and a boiled egg. Its a wholesome meal to me anytime.

Vegetable Pulao with Tomato Curry

Vegetable Pulao with Tomato Curry

For the Pulao:

  • 1  1/2 cups basmati rice, washed 3-4 times and soaked for 10-15 minutes
  • 4-5 cloves
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 1 medium sized carrots, cut in cubes
  • 1/2 cup frozen green peas
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Preparation:

  • Heat oil in pressure cooker and add cumin seeds, cloves and let it get brown slightly and then add the bay leaves.
  • Add cubed carrots, peas and salt to taste and stir fry for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add rice and stir or mix well with the veggies and oil. Add enough water about 2 cups and close the lid and cook for 1 whistle.
  • Let the cooker cool down and then open the lid and serve.

For the Tomato curry:

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 green chillie, de-vined and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 teapoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala owder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds

Preparation:

  • Heat oil in a pan over medium high heat, add cumin seeds and let it get brown .
  • Add onions followed by ginger, garlic and green chillies and cook until the onions are translucent.
  • Add crushed tomatoes, turmeric powder, garam masala powder, coriander powder, red chilli powder, salt to taste and cook until the oil seperates from the masala about 4-5 minutes.
  • Add 1 cup of water to make gravy and give a boil to it.
  • Serve with vegetable pulao and enjoy this as a lunch/dinner.
Vegetable Pulao with Tomato Curry

Vegetable Pulao with Tomato Curry