30 November, 2011

Veg Schezwan Fried Rice Recipe | Indo-Chinese or Chindise Delight!



This is probably my last post on Monsoon Spice…. Well, what I meant was it is this year’s last post… I am not giving up blogging, yet. My passion for cooking, clicking and blogging is still burning as bright as the day one! After being away from blogging for more than a year, I resumed my blogging soon after Lil Dumpling turned a year old. From posting one post per week, this blog has been thriving and going strong with three posts a week!!! I think it’s time I slowed down a bit and smelled the roses, literally!


Veg Schezwan Fried Rice

It is that time of the year where Monsoon Spice household is busy running around like headless chicken, excited and thrilled nevertheless, searching, packing, shopping, cleaning, dusting, checking, and packing and more packing!!! Yes, we are leaving tomorrow to our beloved home land! Our bags are packed, well almost! We have been busy for the last week or two, shopping for our loved ones, booking flights, calling the airlines, cleaning the house, and making sure everything is packed. I feel like I am running the long marathon, at record speed, making sure everything is in order. My checklist has never been this long and my luggage has never been this lighter! Thanks to Lil Dumpling, whose stuff has taken major space and as a result our luggage has shrunk dramatically! I think it’s high time the airlines seriously consider changing their baggage allowance for a toddler and adults as it is clear that the toddler has more luggage than an adult!


Dig in: Veg Schezwan Fried Rice

You won’t find me or my HD cooking here at Monsoon Spice kitchen. You will not see me chattering or rambling here for few weeks. There won’t be any curries simmering or noise of grinding spice or chopping vegetables resonating from our tiny kitchen. But I am not letting this kitchen go cold in this cold, breezy and wet winter! No sire!!! I have invited some A-M-A-Z-I-N-G and very talented food blogger friends of mine to keep Monsoon Spice kitchen warm with their delicious and aromatic food. I felt humbled and honoured when every single blogger friend agreed immediately to do guest post while I am away and keep the hot stove burning for me and you, my readers! These talented ladies have graciously agreed to keep my reader friend entertained with their beautiful narrations and heart-touching stories. They will treat you at this festive time with their unique recipes, stunning photographs, and wonderful descriptions that will make you run to your kitchen and recreate the same magic!


Veg Schezwan Fried Rice

But before I bid you goodbye, I have something special for all Indo-Chinese or Chindian food lovers. It is Veg Schezwan or Sichuan Fried Rice, hot, spicy and irresistible! Indo-Chinese food is much different from authentic Chinese food as it is developed to suit Indian palate. Authentic and traditional Schezwan or Szechuan cuisine from Sichuan region in China is hot and fiery due to their very famous Sichuan pepper, but I still won’t say that this Veg Schezwan Fried Rice is anything like what you get in Sichuan region. Although I have adapted this recipe from Mallika Badrinath’s 100 Rice Varieties cookbook and I didn’t follow her recipe strictly. I have changed few ingredients and cooking technique to suit our taste buds.


Finger-licking good: Veg Schezwan Fried Rice

I like to use lot of vegetables whenever I make rice and here too I have used bit more vegetables than usually recommended in any recipes. The amount of vegetables used totally depends on your liking. And also I have made the Schezwan paste by grinding dried red chillies, fresh ginger and garlic which can easily be substituted with the ready made Schezwan or Sichuan sauce you get in any supermarkets. But trust me, it is really easy to make fresh sauce at home and what more, it tastes so amazing that you will never go back to the ready made ones with artificial additives any more! Try it yourself and you will know it's worth the effort! Don't get nervous by looking at the ingredient list as it is really simple dish to cook. Serve this delicious Schezwan Fried Rice with any Manchurians (Gobi, Baby Corn or Mushroom) or with Veg balls in Garlic Sauce or with Stir fried Vegetables in Sweet and Sour Sauce or with plain Tomato-Chilli Sauce.


Some fresh vegetables used in making Veg Schezwan Fried Rice


Easy, spicy and delicious: Fresh homemade Schezwan chilli paste for Veg Schezwan Fried Rice


Other Sauces used for making Veg Schezwan Fried Rice: (From top: Chilli Sauce, Soya Sauce, Tomato Sauce, Worcester Sauce, Sweet Chilli Sauce)


Stir fried vegetables for Veg Schezwan Fried Rice


Hot, Spicy and delicious: Veg Schezwan Fried Rice

Veg Schezwan Fried Rice (Spicy stir fried vegetables and rice tossed in Schezwan or Sichuan sauce of ground red chillies, garlic and ginger, an Indo-Chinese speciality)
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cooking Time: Around 30-40 mins (Includes time for cooking the rice)
Serves: 4-6 people as main course
Recipe Level: Easy to Intermediary
Spice Level: Medium to Hot (depending on the amount of chillies used)
Shelf Life: Best served fresh but can be refrigerated for 2 days
Recipe Inspiration: Mallika Badrinath’s 100 Rice Varieties
Serving Suggestion: With Manchurians (Gobi, Baby Corn or Mushroom) or with Veg balls in Garlic Sauce or Stir fried vegetables in Sweet and Sour Sauce or simply with plain Tomato-Chilli Sauce

Ingredients:
2 cups Long Grained Rice (I used Basmati Rice)
1 large Onion, diced
2-3 Green Chillies, finely chopped (Adjust acc to taste)
2 large cloves of Garlic, finely chopped
½ inch Ginger, finely chopped
3 tbsp Roasted Sesame Oil or any other oil of your choice
2-3 tbsp finely chopped Spring Onion greens or Coriander Leaves, for garnishing
Salt and Pepper to taste

Vegetables Used:
Use 3-5 cups of Mixed Vegetables of your choice. I like lots of vegetable in my rice.
I used:
½ cup Green Bell Peppers/Capsicums, sliced
½ cup Red Bell Peppers, sliced
½ cup Sugar Snaps or Beans or Snow Peas, cut into 1 inch pieces
½ cup Sweet Corns, fresh/frozen/canned
½ cup Green Peas
½ cup Carrot, vertically halved and thinly sliced to 1 inch long pieces
¾ cup Baby Corn, halved and then cut into 1 inch pieces
¾ cup Cabbage, thinly shredded

Sauces Used: (Adjust acc to taste)
1 tbsp Soya Sauce
1 tbsp Chilli Sauce
1 tbsp Sweet Chilli Sauce (Optional)
1 tbsp Tomato Sauce
1 tbsp Worcester Sauce (Optional but recommended)

For Schezwan Sauce: (Makes about 2 tbsp)
6-8 Dried Red Chillies, soaked in warm water for 5 minutes and drained (I have used Byadagi Chillies for colour and smoky taste, you can also use Kashmiri chillies)
4-5 large cloves of Garlic
1 inch Ginger, peeled




Fiery hot and delicious: Veg Schezwan Fried Rice
Method:
Preparing the Rice:
  1. Wash the rice and soak it in water for around 10 minutes. This not only helps in cooking the rice faster but also helps in getting really long grained rice once cooked.
  2. Cook the rice either in microwave or pressure cooker or any method you think is the best.
  3. Once cooked, let the rice cool and then separate each grain with a help of fork and spread it on wide plate.
  4. Add about 1 tbsp oil and gently mix with the help of a fork. This way each grain will not stick to each other and be separated.

Stir-frying the Vegetables:
  1. Heat 2 tbsp of sesame oil in a wok to smoking hot and then reduce the heat to medium-high.
  2. Add finely chopped garlic, green chillies and sauté for few seconds.
  3. Immediately add diced onions and ginger and stir fry them till onions turn light golden, about 2-3 minute.
  4. Next add bell peppers and carrots and sauté them for a minute or two.
  5. Mix in baby corn and sugar snaps, stir fry them for a minute or two.
  6. Add in green peas, sweet corns and shredded cabbage along with freshly ground Schezwan paste and stir fry for a minute or two. Take care that the vegetables are not cooked to soft but are half cooked and retains their crunch and colour.
  7. Now add all the sauces mentioned above along with salt and pepper to taste and give them a good toss.

Assembling:
  1. Add the cooked rice and mix them well so that each grain is coated well with sauce. Stir fry them for 3-4 minutes till each grain is heated through.
  2. Finally switch off the gas and toss in finely chopped spring onion greens or coriander leaves.
  3. Serve this delicious Schezwan Fried Rice with any Manchurians (Gobi, Baby Corn or Mushroom) or with Veg balls in Garlic Sauce or Stir fried vegetables in Sweet and Sour Sauce or simply with plain Tomato-Chilli Sauce and enjoy!


Veg Schezwan Fried Rice: Indo-Chinese or Chindise Delight


Veg Schezwan Fried Rice : Are you ready to dig in?

Sia’s Notes:
  • Don’t over cook the vegetables as is it important that they retain their crunch and colour.
  • Usually Schezwan Fried Rice is really spicy but you can make it as spicy or mild depending on how you like it.
  • You can use the vegetables of your liking or depending on what’s available during the season and in your fridge. I used the vegetables I had in my pantry. Other vegetables that go well with this rice are spring onions, mushrooms, French beans, broccoli, bamboo shoots etc.
  • You can use the store bought Schezwan Sauce in place of freshly, home made one. But the home made one tastes best!!!
  • Be cautious about the amount of salt used as the Soya sauce, Worcester sauce and other sauces have good amount of salt in them. Hence you will need much less salt compared to the usual rice variety preparation.


21 Spicy Trails :

Rosa's Yummy Yums said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

A delicious dish! Colorful and lipsmackingly tasty.

Cheers,

Rosa

P.S. I'll send you an e-mail tonight... :-)

The Mistress of Spices said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

This looks wonderful and oh so delicious! Nothing can beat a nice, spicy fried rice! Thanks for sharing.

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

I have never made Indian Chinese style fried rice with chili paste! This look great :) I am so tempted to make this for dinner tonight but i already have curries leftover from lunch...
Have a great time in India Sia :) Hope LD enjoys extra love and attention from your family here!

Sushma Mallya said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Sia this looks absolutely mouthwatering!

Priya Sreeram said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

have fun ! cheers

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

Have a great trip! Happy Holidays and a very Happy New Year to you and your family!

Cheer,
Alka
(an ardent fan of the blog)

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

WOW rice is looking spicy,hot and delicious!...awesome clicks!!!

Jayasri Ravi said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Wow looks great and mouth watering, beautiful clicks as always, have a wonderful time dear & let ur little dumpling enjoy immensely lots of pampering too :), i am feeling excitded writing this

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

Looks amazingly fresh and popping with flavours - so what if it is Chinjabi (as I call it!)

Have a good trip

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

Looks delicious.. very colorful!!! Spicy.. n Tasty!!

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

Looks amazing...a must try for me one of these days!

Paaka Shaale said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

The rice looks amazing. You have captured it well.:)

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

lovely rice. have a wonderful trip

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

Have a great trip Sia.

The rice looks totally impressive and has made me hungry.

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

Have a wonderful trip with 'lil dumpling. Happy Holidays! The rice looks delicious.

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

Enjoy your holidays. Love the post. Thanks.

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

wow fried rice luks delectable! great recipe and what i love abt it is how jhat-pat it is.. definitely going into my to-try list :)

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

Hi Sia,

Thanks for the wonderful recipe.I love all your recipes that have home-made spice pastes (the entire Thai series).I just wanted to quickly point out that Worcestershire sauce , unless marked as Vegan or Vegetarian contains anchovies and is not suitable for vegetarians.I learnt this (unfortuantely)after imbibing several Bloody Marys :))
-KA.

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

hi, I am very much fond of cooking, i generally do experiments to cook new things at home, my passion is to open a restaurant of my own, hope your details of making specific items will help me out, i have gone through certain dishes preparation methodology, i found it intersting, i am going to try the same tonight for the dinner. i would like to request you to please help me out with your(sia) email id so that i can write it to you.

Regards,
Ram Murthy

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

Pass me that bowl please:)

Have a happy and fun filled vacation!

Vruti Shah said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Awesome photographs and cooking style... i really liked the way you have clicked snaps for veggie's... feel like like making with your style. U have used nice combinations of sauces and veggie's.
I made my own simple recipe looking at your recipe. here's it- Foodies' Fun

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