PREP TIME: 15 Minutes
COOKING TIME: 20 Minutes (including the time to cook rice)
Vegetable fried rice!!! I am sure most people know the recipe for fried rice but here is my version of the fried rice. Our family being vegetarians we try to include as much vegetables as possible. With all 3 of us staying at home due to the social distancing practices I have been cooking a lot these days. With my son being a picky eater, I must make recipes that he enjoys and at the same time nutritious. With the limited time available to make lunch (especially during a busy workday😏) this recipe comes in handy. It is simple to make yet has a good portion of vegetables. The rice can be cooked ahead of time, may be in the morning and it is just vegetables chopping and mixing them all together with a little seasoning. If you use a food processor it takes less than 5 minutes to chop all the vegetables.
Basmati rice – 1.5 cups
Green onions – 4 chopped
Onion – 1 sliced
Carrot – 1 (Julienne cut)
Cabbage – 1 cup finely sliced
Frozen Edamame – 1 cup (250 ml)
Salt – as per taste
Pepper – ½ teaspoon (you can add more if needed)
Soya sauce – ½ teaspoon
Tomato Ketchup – ½ teaspoon
Oil – 3 tablespoons of oil
STEP 1: Cook the rice with ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon of olive oil. I used instant pot to cook the rice, so I do not have to babysit the cooker. The rice should not get mushy. For 1.5 cups of rice I added 2 cups of water and used the pressure cook mode set to 3 minutes (I used aged basmati rice, so it took 3 minutes to get the right consistency and natural pressure release)
STEP 2: Chop all the vegetables. Add the edamame and enough water to cover the edamame to a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 5 minutes. (You could also follow the instructions on the package to cook the edamame)
STEP 3: Once the vegetables are ready and the rice is cooked and cooled down, heat oil in a skillet.
STEP 4: Add the white portion of the green onions, sliced onions, carrots, cabbage and edamame.
STEP 5: Cook on medium to high heat for 2 minutes. The vegetables should be crunchy.
STEP 6: Add salt, pepper, soya sauce, ketchup and the cooked rice. Mix well and add more seasoning if needed.
STEP 7: Cook the rice and vegetables on high heat for about 3 minutes by constantly stirring and turn off the heat. Throw in the green onions and serve.
Veggie Fried Rice ready to serve😋
Tip: The edamame can be replaced with green peas. Other vegetable options – sweet corn, mushroom broccoli and bell peppers.