Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Confetti Fried Rice (Vegetarian)

 I usually cook a large pot of brown rice when I make a rice and curry meal.  Sometimes the curries get finished, but we have a lot of left over rice.  Fried rice is perfect dish to make with leftover rice.   This is a wonderful savory fried rice that I make with the vegetables I always have on hand at home. Of course, you can add any vegetable or frozen bag of mix veggies that you have in your fridge/freezer.  That means this dish can be made in so many different ways by what you add to it.  I love getting a brand new dish out of leftovers.  After eating this rice, you will purposely make extra rice just so you can have this the next day. 

4 cups cooked and cooled rice (brown or white)
1 Tbs canola oil
1Tbs butter or margarine
1 (small piece) cinnamon stick
12-15 curry leaves
2-3 green cardamom pods
2-3 cloves
1 onion finely diced
2 large carrots grated
1 red bell pepper finely diced
1-2 green chile finely diced
1 tbs grated ginger
1 tbs grated garlic
red chili flakes (to taste)
1 cup frozen peas

Always remember that you can remove cardamom, cloves or cinnamon sticks before serving dish.  They are not fun to eat directly.  Curry leaves are fine to eat.

Cook rice and have it waiting.  I do recommend the basmati variety because of it's nutty flavor. Heat oil and butter in large frying pan and add cinnamon stick, curry leaves, cardamom pods and cloves for 30-45 seconds.

 Next add onion, garlic and ginger (season with a little salt).  Saute for 2-3 minutes until onions start to soften.  Then add the peppers, chilies and carrots and season with a little salt.  Saute for another 4-5 minutes. 


Next add the red chili flakes and the frozen peas.  Mix all ingredients together well.  Finally add the cooked rice and incorporate well. Check for salt and season as needed. Serve with salad.  Enjoy.

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  1. This is such a great recipe, Ramona! I wouldn't have thought to put cinnamon in fried rice!

  2. LOVEEEEE fried rice. Ramona this is like bringing the takeout to my own kitchen. :D Brilliant! Now I just have to find some cardamom pods....

  3. Now you have me wanting to make rice and let it sit overnight so I can make fried rice. It looks amazing. I don't now why I never think of it, but you're right; it's a perfect way to use up veggies.

  4. This rice looks beautiful! I love fried rice and I like the spices you used. Can't wait to try it!

  5. My fried rice never looks this good ;)

  6. This is such a pretty way to do fried rice- and actually a ton easier than cubing all the veggies! Love it!

  7. I love the title of your delish rice my friend :)

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  8. I could dive right into this bowl and live happily ever after!

  9. I could dive right into this bowl and live happily ever after!

  10. This looks so delicious! You have certainly discovered how to make perfect fried rice at home.

  11. I wouldn't need anything on this rice. It's fine, just like it is. Great recipe!

  12. I totally need to try this asap. This is some seriously gorgeous rice.

  13. Is this dish a spicy one?

    1. You can make it spicy or not at all. The only ingredients that have "heat" are the red chili flakes and green chilies. If you desire a non-spicy dish.. just omit those two ingredients out and you will be fine. :) Enjoy.

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