Sunday, October 28, 2007
A bowl of Chicken Fried Rice served with a bowl of yummy Schezwan Chicken
I am at a loss of thoughts..have been staring at a tree with its rustling leaves for quite some time now...Having said that and still at a loss of thoughts, let me get down to posting my favourite dish> Chicken fried rice and schezwan chicken to go with it.
This is recipe that is a mix from several books and newspaper clippings,,But put together makes up for a nice fried rice..
For the fried rice
Basmati Rice-2 cups
Water-enough to cook..I used about 4 cups..when it was half cooked, I transferred it to a colander to strain the remaining water..
Chopped vegetables-1/2 cup each (I used carrots, cabbage,capsicum,beans)
Spring Onion- chopped-1/2 cup
Green Chillies-3 or 4,chopped
Salt-as per taste
Sugar-1 1/2 tsp
Cooked and Shredded Chicken-1 cup
Wash the rice and add the rice into water for cooking. Add a little oil and salt to the cooking water.The oil is to prevent the rice from sticking.Drain and leave the half-coked rice aside to cool.
In a pan, heat some oil and fry the chopped green chillies. Add the chopped vegetables and cook for 3-4 minutes. Then add the chicken shreds,salt,sugar,pepper, ajinomoto and soya sauce and mix well. Then add the rice and mix carefully without breaking the rice.
Finally sprinkle the spring onion and celery.
Serve hot. I served it with a saucy Schezwan chicken.
Saucy Schezwan Chicken
Recipe> Courtesy- My mother
Soya sauce-20 ml
Pepper Powder-1/2 tbsp
Ginger Paste-10 g
Cube the chicken pieces and marinate them with the ginger/garlic paste, salt, ajinomoto, pepper powder,and soya sauce. Then add cornflour and the eggs and mix well.
After a few minutes of marination, heat oil and in a medium heat, fry the marinated chicken cubes for 2 or 3 minutes (not any longer) because then they tend to get hard.
For the sauce
Chopped ginger/garlic-20 g
Chopped green chillies-3-4
Red chillies-halved-5 or 6
Soya sauce-40 ml
Oil-200ml in all..(for the frying of chicken and for the sauce)
Chicken stock-200 ml
In the remaining oil from frying (or use fresh oil), add the spring onions, ginger/garlic past, green chillies, red chillies and cook until the raw smell escapes.. To this, add the soya sauce and cook for another minute. Mix in the chicken stock and when it starts boiling add cornflour and stir so that no lumps are formed and cook until a thick sauce is formed. Add the fried chicken in now. Garnish with the spring onion greens and serve.