Thursday, January 21, 2016

Fried Rice

For something I make quite frequently, I was quite surprised to note that I have not posted this so far...
This is my saviour on most days when it comes to preparing school lunches for the kids, especially if I have leftover rice from dinner. No time to chop veggies? eggs can make this come together in a jiffy.  Or you can even mix both veggie and eggs when making fried rice. Or substitute with chopped mushrooms for a mushroom fried rice.

Jasmine Rice has the perfect texture  for fried rice but pretty much any other rice that we normally use (ponni raw rice, sona masuri, or basmati) will still work. It is better to have rice to that has been cooked and refrigerated so the grains stay separate... Wet fingers and crumble the rice so they don't stick to your fingers.

FRIED RICE

 

Ingredients:

Cooked and refrigerated rice - 1 cup, grains separated
Egg - 1   OR
Minced Veggies of choice - carrots, beans, cabbage or corn - half cup OR substitute with chopped mushrooms
Soy Sauce - 1 to 1.5 tsp (or to taste) 
Sriracha (Chilli sauce) - quarter to half tsp
Ketchup - quarter to half tsp 
Salt and Black Pepper powder - to taste 
Oil - 2 to 3 tsp

Method
1.  Heat a wide pan on medium or med. high. Once hot add the oil and coat. 
2. Add egg (or the veggies). Scramble (or saute) with some salt and black pepper. 
3. Once egg is scrambled or veggies are crunchy, add the rice and the soy sauce, chilli sauce and ketchup and stir on a med-high flame.

Hot, tasty fried rice is ready to serve.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Baked Green Bean "Fries"

We had these Green Bean "Fries" at a new movie theater that has opened near our home... The new concept these days is to combine snacks/dinner with movies.. where you can order while watching a movie or buy and take inside to much on while enjoying the movie and the varieties are much more than popcorn/candy. While I would much prefer samosas and hot tea as munchies, we did enjoy these spicy green bean fries and brownie bites.

Back home, I wanted to re-create the dish but had no intentions of deep frying green beans and decided to try a baked version and it was delicious - especially when it's just out of the oven.  The beans were cooked perfectly and they had a spicy, crunchy exterior. 

BAKED GREEN BEAN "FRIES"



Ingredients
Fresh French / Green beans (fresh)  - 30 to 35
All purpose flour - 4 tbsp 
Egg whites - 3 to 4 tbsp  
Sriracha chilli sauce - 1 tsp
Bread Crumbs - for 3 larges slices of bread
Parmesan cheese - 1 to 2 tbsp
Red Chilli Flakes - 1 tsp
Garlic powder, pepper powder, dried italian seasoning, salt to taste
Oil - to spray

Method:
1)  Prehead oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking tray with aluminum foil and spray with oil evenly.

2) Keep three separate wide bowls or plates ready: in the first one add 3 tbsp flour, in the second one combine egg whites with 1 tbsp flour, garlic powder,  dried italian seasoning, salt, pepper, sriracha. For the third one combine in a mixie/blender , bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, red chilli flakes and spread out (preferably in batches so it doesn't all get wet and clumpy). 

3) Wash and trim the green beans... (do not dry completely, they should be wet - but not dripping water)

4) Take a few beans at a time and dredge in flour,  the wetness of the beans will help the flour adhere to the beans. Next dip in the egg-white mixture and roll in the breadcrumbs and off to the baking tray... Repeat this process until all beans are done. 

5) Spray some oil on top of the beans and bake for 10 mins one one side, flip the beans and allow to cook for another 7 minutes. Enjoy hot.