Sweet Corn Fried Rice

Monday, November 10, 2008

Fried Rice is one of those lovely comforting foods that everyone in the world seems to like. And, it is also one of the best ways to use up leftover rice & vegetables. In a rice loving family like ours, this is an all time favourite.

Fried Rice is typically cooked on high flame and requires vigorous stirring. The trick is to chop the vegetables really small so that the insides are cooked & the vegetables retain a nice crunch.

The most important point to remember is to cool the rice completely before stir frying it. Steaming the rice & stir frying it immediately makes the rice very sticky. This is why leftover does wonders in this case.

I had a huge pack of unused sweet corn lying in the freezer for months. I thought the best way to use it up is to make a simple fried rice out of sweet corn & a few left over vegetables available in the pantry.

There is no hard & fast rule as to what should typically go into fried rice. I made this on a whim & it turned out just lovely.

Here's how I made it,

Preparation Time: 30 mins

Ingredients
  • 1 cup long grained rice - cooked. Leftovers will work wonders
  • 2 onions - sliced into long strips
  • 1/2 cup - American sweet corn - fresh/frozen
  • 1/2 cup - Green peas - fresh/frozen
  • 1 carrot - sliced into long strips
  • 3 green chillies - slit length wise
  • A pinch of turmeric
  • 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • Salt as per taste
  • 2 tbsp oil

Method:

  • If not using leftover rice, clean rice in several changes of water & let it soak for 15 mnutes. Drain out excess water & pressure cook rice with 1 1/4 cups of water. When rice it cooked, spread it evenly on a plate & let it cool completely
  • Meanwhile, Heat oil in a wok, add ginger-garlic paste & green chilles
  • Add sliced onions & a pinch of turmeric. Saute until onions turn transparent. Add chopped carrots & stir fry till carrots are tender.
  • Throw in sweet corn & green peas & saute for a couple of minutes
  • Add rice, vinegar & soy sauce. Now add salt as per taste
  • Mix well
Serve HOT with tomato sauce or any other sauce of your choice.
We had ours with some hot garlic sauce. It was one complete meal by itself. Enjoi !!!

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