08 July, 2008

Cultural Remix: Tofu & Veg Fried Rice with Vegetables in Sweet & Sour Sauce

Photobucket
Tofu & Veg Fried Rice with Vegetables in Sweet & Sour Sauce

When the Chinese introduced their cuisine into India, little did they would have expected to see that the ever-adapting Indian would re-invent some of their most time-tested recipes to suit the sub-continental palate. Yes, I am talking of Indo-Chinese food. I can see the surprised look at my non-Indian blogger friends. What the heck is Indo-Chinese cuisine? Well my friends first let me give you a brief history lesson on Indo-Chinese food which is one of the most favoured type of cuisine in India.

Indo-Chinese cuisine is believed to have originated with the Chinese migrants who settled in one of the metropolitan cities of India, Calcutta or currently known as Kolkata. India has one Chinatown, Tangra in Calcutta and the Chinese have been living there for more than a century. It is believed that over a century the food is adapted to suit local ingredients and adjusting the flavours to reflect the local palate. So my friends, in simple words Indo-Chinese cuisine are adaptation of Chinese seasonings and cooking techniques to Indian taste and in my opinion one of the best cultural remix.

Indo-Chinese food sells like one hot potato in every nook and corner of any city and towns. Don’t be surprised to see small wooden push carts painted with funny looking dragons with fire coming out of their mouth or the bamboo trees selling Indo-Chinese food. You can never miss the irresistible smell of cooking garlic, onions and chillies which will grab your attention even from 500 meters distance and you will be drawn to these carts with sudden hunger pangs. Price-wise the food is dirt cheap for a plate of very filling and utterly delicious Indo-Chinese food. If you are backing away from eating this fusion food at roadside carts due to hygiene concern then fret not. Most of the small and big restaurant in India has Indo-Chinese food on their menu and even star hotels have their share. But in my opinion the best Indo-Chinese food I have ever tasted are from these roadside stalls which are not just tasty and cheap but real fun to eat.

And the best part is it is really quick and easy to cook. Now you really don’t have to make a trip to India just to eat this delicacy;) It requires very few ingredients and almost all these ingredients can be found in any grocery store or supermarkets. Indo-Chinese food is a bachelor friendly recipe as its super easy and super quick and super tasty. Today I am sharing two of my favourite Indo-Chinese food; Tofu & Vegetable Fried Rice with Vegetables in Sweet and Sour Sauce. Packed with colourful vegetables, these recipes are very easy to make as they are simply stir fried for few mins. This way they not just retain their crunch but also their nutrition. As you can see, you can use any type of vegetables of your choice and there is no way you can go wrong with these recipes. Off these two dishes go to DK’s AWED-Chinese and Mansi’s Healthy Cooking events. Mansi, you can’t deny the fact that these are really healthy ones. Well, look at the number of vegetables used and the way they are cooked ;) This is also my entry for WBB-Summer Feast hosted by me where I have used many Summer vegetables and it serves as the wonderful weekend brunch.

Photobucket
Tofu & Veg Fried Rice


Photobucket Print This Recipe
Tofu & Veg Fried Rice
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 10-15 mins
Serves: 3-5


Ingredients:
1 small Onion, chopped into bite size pieces
½ tbsp Garlic, finely chopped (adjust acc to preference)
1 tsp Ginger, finely chopped
¼ cup Spring Onion
½ cup Bean Sprouts (Optional)
2 Green Chillies, slit
1 cup firm Tofu, drained and cut into bite size pieces
2-2½ cups Mixed Vegetables of your choice, cut into match stick pieces
(I used Red, Green & Orange Bell Peppers, Button Mushrooms, Carrot, Baby Corn, Sweet Corn & Green Peas)
4-5 cups Cooked Rice, cooled completely and grains separated (any long grain rice is fine, I usually use left over basmati or frozen rice pack we get here)
2 tbsp Soya Sauce
¼ tsp Sugar
1 tbsp + 1 tbsp Oil, preferably Sesame Oil
Salt and White Pepper to taste

Photobucket
Vegetables used in Tofu & Veg Fried Rice

Method:
Heat 1 tbsp of Oil in a wok on medium to high heat. When hot add tofu and brown them from all sides. This way you have firm tofu which will not get crushing during frying process. Drain them and keep them aside. If not using Tofu you can omit this step.
Now heat another tbsp of oil at medium to high flame and add finely chopped garlic and ginger. Stir for around 15 seconds until fragrant. Add chopped onions and slit green chilli and sauté it for a minute or two till onions turns translucent.
Turn the heat to high and mix in vegetables, one type at a time, in order of what takes longest to cook. Add Soya sauce and sugar to bring out the flavour and keep sautéing for around 3-4 mins until the vegetables are half a way cooked but still retain their crunch.
Add cooked, cooled rice, salt and pepper to taste and tofu pieces and sauté it for a minute or two till each rice grain is heated through.
Sprinkle spring onions greens & bean sprouts before serving hot with Vegetable Sweet and Sour Sauce or Veg Balls in Garlic Sauce and enjoy.

Photobucket
Tofu & Veg Fried Rice

Colourful vegetables are stir fried and then cooked in thick sauce of garlic, red chilli paste and soya sauce with a hint of sweetness from brown sugar and pineapple pieces. This delicious mixed Vegetables in Sweet and Sour Sauce is sure to win your and your loved ones hearts. Serve it with simple Fried Rice or Noodles to make one delicious meal.

Photobucket
Vegetables in Sweet & Sour Sauce


Photobucket Print This Recipe

Vegetables in Sweet & Sour Sauce
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cooking Time: 15 mins
Serves: 4-6


Ingredients:
4-6 cups Mixed Vegetables of your choice, chopped into bite size pieces
(I used Red, Green & Orange Bell Peppers, Carrots, Sugar Snaps, Mushrooms, Sweet Corn, Baby Corn & Green Peas)
1 cup Bean Sprouts
¼ cup Pineapple, cut into bite sized pieces (optional, but recommended)
½ cup Spring Onion Greens, finely chopped
1 medium Red Onion, chopped into bite size pieces
½ tbsp Garlic, finely chopped
1 tsp Ginger, finely chopped
1 Green Chilli, finely chopped (Optional)
2-3 tbsp Tomato Ketchup (adjust acc to taste)
2 tbsp Soya Sauce (adjust acc to taste)
1 tbsp Teriyaki Sauce (Optional)
½ tbsp Red Chilli Paste (adjust acc to taste)
1½-2 tbsp Corn Flour, mixed with ¼ cup of water to make lump free paste
½-1 tbsp Brown Sugar (adjust acc to taste)
4-6 cups Water (adjust)
1 tbsp Lime Juice
1 tbsp Oil, preferably Sesame Oil
Salt and White Pepper to taste

Photobucket
Vegetables used for Vegetables in Sweet & Sour Sauce

Method:
Heat oil in a wok at medium to high flame and when hot add chopped ginger and garlic. Sauté it for 15 seconds till fragrant and then add finely chopped green chilli and red onion and sauté it for a minute till onion turns translucent.
Increase the heat to high and start adding vegetables, one type at a time, in order of what takes longest to cook. Sauté it on high flame continuously for 3-4 mins till they are half a way cooked through. Mix in tomato ketchup, Soya sauce, teriyaki sauce, brown sugar and red chilli paste. Keep stirring for another 30 seconds or so.
Now add water till all the vegetables are just cover. Mix in pineapple pieces, salt and pepper to taste and cook for a minute or so. Slowly add corn flour paste to the pot, stirring continuously so that no lumps are formed. Keep stirring the sauce till it starts to thicken and reduce the heat to medium. Once the sauce is thick enough, switch off the flame and gently mixes in lime juice, bean sprouts and half of spring onion greens.
Serve this delicious Vegetable in Sweet and Sour Sauce garnished with remaining spring onion greens with Vegetable Fried Rice and enjoy.

Photobucket
Vegetables in Sweet & Sour Sauce


Note:
Other Indo-Chinese fusion recipes blogged so far


Reminder: WBB-Summer Feast

For this edition of WBB, your challenge is to cook anything with summer fruits and vegetables. Yes, the theme is WBB-Summer Feast. Go to your town/city’s Farmer’s Market and pick fresh season’s produce and make your favourite breakfast or brunch and join in the Summer Feast.

Deadline: 31st July, 2008

Please go through the guidelines and include all the required information in your post and mail when sending me your entry. Don't forget to add Your Name, Your Blog Name, Name of the Dish you cooked, Perm Link of the entry, Perm Link of original recipe along with the gorgeous Photo of final dish.

Click Here or on the logo to find out more information on this event.



47 Spicy Trails :

Asha said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

YUMMO! Love the sauce and so many veggies and Tofu in there, really good for you too! I love that swirly Bamboo in the photo peeking out!:)
Hope you are not too busy, time to relax girl, don't work too hard. My last tomorrow, will miss you and your posts.
This Summer would be very hectic very for us after that little vacation, many home improvement projects are ready to go, might get a new kitchen too! Mess and all that, not looking forward to it.
Hugs to you,take care!:))

Medhaa said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Love these recipe's, I love your pictures too.

Thanks for dropping by. hmm now that you say it I started to think about what handful of curry leaves could mean to someone...the whole hand..oops.. thanks for pointing that out for me while typing handful was put my five fingers in the dabba and how many I can hold that many, maybe 10 to 15. Shall change it in the recipe and where ever applicable. Thank you Sia.

Priti said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Wow fried rice and S&S vegi looks so yummy...and very nice pic and garnishing..lot of hardwork I guess. And thanks for visiting my blog

Mishmash ! said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Funny that i prefer indo -chinese to actual chinese food......may be my palate got used to the duplicate :P visually appealing to my tastebuds :)

Cham said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Ah that's a colorful Fresh pictures... I don't know which one i love most! Both re fantastic entries...

JZ @ Tasty treats said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

beautiful post as always!! the array of veggies used in the sauce is fantastic!! i will happily clean up my plate if its chinese food!! :-) (not a big fan of tofu, though!) delicious entry Sia!!

Shreya said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Hi, this recipe is so rich in colour and so healthy. The vegetables, tofu, rice, sauce. The pictures are so inviting.

sunita said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Yummy! One is spoilt for choice in Kolkatta's Chinatown...''Beijing'' was one of our favourite haunts when we lived there...just a couple of weeks ago, we even gorged in London's 'Chinatown' as well.

Rachel said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Gosh ur pics are just gorgeous..makes me want to taste it off the screen...good one....

Mona said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

It looks absolutely fab! Lovely presentation. I am a huge fan of IndoChinese cuisine and would love to have it any time!

www.zaiqa.net

kamala said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Looks so yuumy and delicious Sia..My mouth is watering..

Laavanya said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

2 yummy dishes with chockful of vegetables - absolutely tempting Sia.

Madhuram said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

I really like your style of writing Sia. I was not aware of the origin of Chinese food in India until now. I prepare chinese fried rice often, actually I also add some soy nuggets in it. But the vegetable sauce is new to me. Bookmarked sia. The pictures look wonderful.

Tee said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

I am drooling....I wish i could have this for lunch right now! :)
both the dishes look so colorful!!

Ranjani said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

That looks really gorgeous! Love the attention to detail in the way you've cut your carrots:)

Sonu said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Hi Sia,
hmmmm....mouth watering entry...!!!Chinese food(Veg only) is my all time favourite dish. And I just love tofu...!
BTW, a fantastic presentation of the recipe. Bravo...!
I must have to make this dish very soon...it's just inviting and look very yummy.
Thanks Sia.
Cheers,
Sonu:))))

indosungod said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

I was shocked the first time I tasted Chinese food in the US, to my total shock it was vastly different compared to the Chinses I was used to back home. Fried rice with Sweet and Sour sauce is the best ever combo in Indo-Chinese.

sowmya said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

looks delicious..i loved the way you cut the carrots..looks pretty!!!

Ramya's Mane Adige said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

oh, you are so right about the indo-chinese thing.... non indians find it so weird!!! [:D]
Veggies in sweet n sour sauce looks yummY!!!

Sunshinemom said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

What a coincidence! I made this very combo the day before yest! Your photos have turned out too good:) I just did it with whatever veggies were available!

SMN said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Hey this luks yum.. im not a chineese food fan but fried rice is my fv

Divya said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

yummy fried rice and veggies..just like those in restaurants..great pics too!!i prefer indo-chinese too,over the actual one;-)

Raaga said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

How can you eat art like that?? :-)

sra said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

I second what Raaga said, tho' I know it's only too easy to gobble it up. LOL!
Your photos are especially nice in this post.

Jaya said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Sia,
Kolkatas Tangra is one place where roadside eateries are always packed, with Thukpa ,Momos and all noodles variety , visit any morning and the Breakfast is a pleasure there ..
Loved , Loved the recipes so colorful and Mouth-watering , In fact the veggies cooked in sweet and sour sauce is making me hungry ...
hugs and smiles
jaya

Pearlsofeast said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Oh my god,The indo chinese cusine looks awesome and u have presented it in a fantastic way.Nice clicks and the sauce seems to be delectable with a great blend of condiments.I have bookmarked and eager to try out soon.I feel i crave more for Indian version of chinese even though staying in the land of authentic chinese cusine.

Indranee said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Sia, thanks for your commnet on my blog! You have a fantastic blog here and I love this yummy creation. Looks so delicious!

Sujatha said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Love the photos and recipes, Sia! I love Indo-chinese better than Chinese, may be thats the only form of chinese food we had while growing up.. I can eat veg fried rice and any manchurian anytime:)

karuna said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

i love chinese. love the sweet and sour dish.

Vanamala said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Lovely meal...

Mallika said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

As a Kolkatan I can vouch for our superb Chinese food. Although Tangra has been off menu for my weak tummy for years now.

Pooja said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

i must have missed so many dishes to enjoy if indo -chinese cuisine is not invented :D. And i remember enjoying some of such dishes on a road side cart named "China town " where I used to stay in my college days...above all the wonderful tasty dishes , they made it so quick and even cheap too- was perfect options to save our pocket money ha ha ha...

both the dishes here are literally killing me Supriya and I curse you for that unless you choose to migrate to live next door to me :D....
p.s-- i realized the mistake i did in last post , i got to get some break from this computer screen now :D dont tell anyone what i wrote sssshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.....;)

Vani said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

How colorful & pretty the dishes & veggies look, Sup! The side dish loaded with veggies looks super delicious!

Andhra Flavors said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Looks yuumy and delicious Sia. and wonderful presentation with carrot flowers.

Mansi Desai said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

I'm not even trying to deny that they are healthy Sups! it looks great, and thanks so much for participating!:)

Nags said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

i have raaga's question too. u spend so much time and energy on creating something so pretty and then u have the heart to eat it? very nice and healthy!

Bookmarked!

Alka said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

i wish we could transfer food thru net,not just the recipes....The world wud be so yummy to live in ,that way.
Imagine we all passing on such gorgeous looking,amazingly made and heavenly tasting food ,to each other on daily basis....what a delicious idea!
The presentation is to die for...literally,and i m sure it must had tasted equally good

bee said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

happy birthday - belatedly. i know it was sometime not to long ago - not so sure of the date. aren't you a cancerian? like george w bush? muaaaah

Vibaas said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Wow! Colorful, bright and appealing. I love the way you've cut the carrots. :-)

Lata said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Dishes look so colorful. My mom made Schezwan Rice 2 days back, and I am yet to post that on blog. I hope you are having a great summer.

Sig said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Beautiful dishes Sups, now you've got to teach me how to cut carrots like that.. I don't have a single artsy bone in my body... :)

A&N said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Superb pictures and great recipes! I just LOVED the sweet and sour sauce. Cant wait to try it out :)

D said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Is it as yummy as it looks? It must be so difficult to judge which is better - the taste or the presentation. Wonderful entry Sia and thanks for sending it my way. And yes I will be waiting with gaping mouth at more entries from ur end :)

DK
http://culinarybazaar.blogspot.com

zlamushka said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

what a cute rice pile.. everyone seems to be going fried rice-nuts. me too, soon :-) Btw. T&T round-up is up and running, so is July´s challenge. Hope to see you there ...

Suganya said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

This is how I make mine too. Jaden once mentioned about Maggi seasoning sauce, saying that it has more authentic flavor. I bought a bottle and add a tsp in Asian dishes.

Dee said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

how did you cut the carrots ???

Debugcooking said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Lovely post Sia...I do something similar as well and boy dont we love our version of chinese ;-)

Post a Comment

Comment here

Namaste! I am Sia and welcome to Monsoon Spice, my virtual home. Thank you for all your comments, inputs and valuable feedbacks. I really appreciate the valuable time you spent browsing through my recipe repertoire.

I hope you have found what you are looking for today. Feel free to leave any questions or queries you have on the recipes posted here. If you have any recipe requests, please drop a line at Ask Sia page. I will try to respond to all your queries as soon as possible to best of my knowledge.

I welcome all your valuable inputs and constructive criticism as long as it is meant to help and improve the blog. I reserve the right to delete any comments that are rude, abusive, written with the intent to advertise, contain profanity or considered spam.

Please note that any comments with separate link back to your blog, website or blog events will not be published. Your blog/website is hyper-linked when you sign in to your account to leave the comment and hence leaving separate links in the comment is unnecessary. Thank you for understanding!

I hope that you will stop by again to read my ramblings, learn new recipes and share your ideas. Have a good look around and enjoy your time here. Thank you once again!

Blogging tips