September 4, 2008

Soybean and Green pepper Fried rice





Wondering why the fried rice looks brown?
This is as healthy as it can get. I used brown basmati rice for this recipe, just because that is the only rice I have been using for the last couple of years.
There we go again, the thing about brown food better than white food!
It probably would taste much different with white rice, but I am sticking to what I know and feel is healthful.
Green peppers, carrots and soybeans are the main ingredients, with a dash of soy sauce to give that little kick. I also used red chilly paste from a Korean market, it comes in a red tub with inscriptions you probably wont understand if you don't know Korean:)
It is just too good! I add them in noodles/rices and other stir-fry dishes, and with its red flare it does its job well.

On a cautious note, I usually have a bad experience cutting green bell peppers. Since their skin is so waxy and the knife very so often takes a break and decides to chop off a part of my skin rather than cutting the peppers.
To avoid this, make sure you cut the peppers skin side down where it is more easier for the knife to get a grip on.

Completely off topic... do any of you, my lovely readers (who really, actually, read all my write-ups before my recipe) watch "Lost" series on ABC channel?
I am beating myself up as to why I did not watch it earlier, in spite of glowing recommendations from friends!
I just finished watching Season 1, and am on Season 2. If you have not watched it, you really are missing some real good action. Trust me, it is not like those soaps that they beat to death on Television. I must warn you, it is very addictive.

Just could not conceal my excitement, so there was my little detour... back to the recipe.

Green pepper and Soybean Fried rice

Ingredients:

Brown Basmati Rice - 4 cups cooked & chilled for at least 2 hrs (I say chilled, so that when the rice goes into the hot wok along with the veggies, it wont get mushy, and will hold its shape well during the cooking process, this holds good especially for white rice if you decide to use that instead)

Julienne Green Bell peppers - 2 medium
Julienne Carrots - 1 cup
Soybeans without shells - 1 cup
Red chilly paste - 1 tsp
Red pepper flakes - 1 tsp
Light soy sauce - 2 tsp
Ginger - 1 tbsp
Garlic - 1 tsp
Pepper - 1/2 tsp
Salt - To taste
Olive oil - 3 tbsp

(Julienne is a fancy-schmancy term for cutting the vegetables into long thin strips)


Method:

In a wok/a wide open pan take the olive oil and saute ginger and garlic for a few seconds.

Then turn in the vegetables in the order of carrots, soybeans and bell peppers and saute till half cooked.

Add the red chilly paste, salt, pepper, chilly flakes and soy sauce and saute for another 2-3 min.



Add the cooked, chilled rice directly to the wok and quickly stir-fry it for a few minutes till the rice is warmed through, and thoroughly mixed with veggies.

Sprinkle with some green onions and serve with raitha (plain old yogurt with raw onions and cilantro)



Off to Sia's JFI-Soya event
Lore's Original recipe event
And last but not least Rachel's Seasonal Veggies Version of "Go Ahead, Honey - It's Gluten-Free" event



28 comments:

  1. Looks colorful and yummm...

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  2. Your fried rice looks yummy,I have been using brown basmati rice for the last couple of years and love that it is so healthy,in fact I just posted a brown rice and lentil khichdi on my blog...I thought I was one of the few people always going on about brown rice....:)

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  3. I make it with brown rice too but not very often. Looks very colorful and delicious the rice

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  4. How smartly updated!!!..
    Very impressive recipes too :)
    Keep up your fabulous work girl! ..
    Wonderful entry for the event too!Colourful, healthy and yummy!

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  5. It looks so delightful.. very tasty..

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  6. Oh Capsi Rice looks so temptfull..Thanks for the comment on my page..so that i could discover ur blog!

    Keep Rocking!

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  7. Looks very colourful and delish.
    I've never been a big Lost fan :D

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  8. Looks so delicious. I will try it sometime soon.

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  9. Wonderful write-up Divya! Enjoyed reading the entire post. I like brown rice too...but nobody in my family likes it..so never tried it at home. The fried rice looks so colorful and delicious and ofcourse healthy.

    I used to watch LOST long time ago. But I LOST track of it these days somehow.

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  10. vow will try it out soon

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  11. I don't like brown rice,(normally good things wont attract my tastebuds-only high fat..unhealthy food do) but your version of this fried rice,looks yummy,I'll give it a try with normal basmati rice..and i'll let you know

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  12. nice recipe with capsicumm...hav eto try the brown rice ..very healthy...

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  13. Never tried fried rice with green pepper before. Sound interesting!

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  14. aww..beautiful picture...nice ones...

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  15. Fried rice looks yum...and colourful. Gud to knw you are using brown rice..:) and I do not watch lost :P

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  16. That is one healthy and delicious looking fried rice - thanks for posting the recipe. I have made and posted some brown rice recipes on my blog and always looking for more!

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  17. That rice looks colorful and I like to add a lot of veggies too like you.

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  18. mmm, brown basmati rice is something i haven't tried yet, but i sure do love brown rice. just gotta find a way to convince my bf to eat the stuff! hehe

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  19. This looks so yummy! I have been thinking of cooking brown rice again lately. I started cooking it once, about a year back, quite often, only to meet complains from hubby, who always likes plain white rice cooked without anything. But, your recipe is something which might make it possible for me to cook it more often. Wonderful! Lovely pictures!

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  20. sounds interesting, I have never tried brown rice should give it a try.

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  21. never tried anythg with soya.. ur recipes looks gr8 and tempting.

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  22. Lovely interesting recipe..will do it in the weekend.

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  23. You have a very nice blog over here amd your pictures are just beautiful! Thank you for visiting my blog. I have some soybeans that I never use. Thank you for this recipe, I will definitely try it.

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  24. hey i never knew so many people use brown rice.,ur recipe is rocking

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  25. How delicious and nutritious, Divya. I love the addition of soybeans too. Thanks for the tip on the red chilli paste: I will be sure to pick that up the next time I'm at my local Asian market. It sounds tantalizing!

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  26. Thank you for such a beautiful entry in the Go Ahead, Honey, It's Gluten Free Seasonal Vegetables event. I have just posted the roundup.

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  27. Divya this sounds both healthy and delicious! Love that you focus on both aspects and thanks for sending your recipe my way :)

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