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Egg fried rice is an easy rice preparation great to serve with any Chinese gravy or with some sauce on the side. Under 15 minutes recipe is great to use up left over rice and good lunch box idea.
Chinese cuisine is very popular in India but it is not authentic. However, Indianized Chinese or Indo Chinese is one of the most preferred restaurant foods. Each city claims theirs is the best. Being a Hyderabadi, I love the Chinese food we get in Hyderabad. The theme for this week is Indo Chinese and the first recipe is Indo Chinese egg fried rice.
Growing up, I remember Chinese fried rice as white rice with colorful vegetables and eggs. Nowadays I see lots of Indo Chinese recipes online and in newspapers where rice is brown with the addition of soya sauce. Though soya sauce gives a nice flavor to fried rice, at times simple egg veg fried rice with minimal ingredients and seasoning is very flavorful and goes very well with Chinese gravies.
Hence today’s recipe is a simple fried rice seasoned with salt and pepper. A great recipe to use up leftover rice. It is also a great one to serve as is or with any Chinese side dishes. Add cooked meats of choice for a non veg fried rice.
There are two ways to cook the the vegetables for fried rice. One is sauté vegetables along with scallion greens or onion before adding rice, as in this shrimp fried rice. This is how I usually do. The second way is precook the vegetables either steaming or boiling in hot water for couple of minutes and then add to fried rice. The latter is done in this recipe.
Egg Fried Rice Recipe
- 1 cup Rice cooked or 2 ¾ cups cooked rice
- Scrambled Egg
- 7 green Beans chopped ⅓ cup chopped
- 1 ½ medium sized Carrots chopped ⅓ cup choppped
- 1 tbsp Oil
- ⅓ cup chopped Scallion Greens or Onions
- ½ tsp Ginger Garlic Paste or chopped
- ½ tsp Black Pepper Powder adjust to taste
- ½ - ¾ tsp Salt adjust to taste
- 1-2 Eggs I used 2 eggs
- ½ tsp Water
- ⅛ tsp Black Pepper Powder
- ⅛ tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Oil
- Cook rice and let it cool. Leftover rice works great.
- Take water, salt, black pepper listed under scrambled egg and mix.
- Add egg and beat lightly.
- Heat oil in a pan and pour egg mixture and spread it out turning the pan around.
- Once the omelet is semi solid, scramble it.
- When the egg is just solid, transfer to a bowl and keep aside until needed. Do not overcook egg.
- Chop green beans, carrots and keep aside.
- Boil water in a bowl and add veggies. Let boil for a couple of minutes or until soft. Do not over cook.
- Drain and keep the veggies aside until need. Boil veggies just before making fried rice.
- Alternatively, steam the veggies for 5 minutes or just until cooked, as shown in the video to retain the nutrients.
- Take oil in pan or a wok, saute onions and ginger garlic paste until onions are soft.
- Add black pepper, salt and mix well.
- Add cooked rice and stir fry for 2-3 minutes.
- When rice is lightly fried, add veggies and egg.
- Toss and stir until mixed together.
- Fry for few more minutes until cooked.
- Add green onion and fry for couple minutes, garnish with cilantro and serve
- Vegetables - Blanch or boil chopped vegetables for couple of minutes in boiled water or steam the vegetables as I did in the video. Or saute vegetables along with onions/scallions.
- Non Veg - Add cooked meats along with scrambled egg for a non veg egg fried rice.
- Veg Fried Rice - For those you do not eat even egg, skip egg and make a veg fried rice.