16 July, 2012

Thai Fried Rice - Karen Anand

Last year before I flew to Kenya, I bought Karen Anand's Simple Cooking for Smart Men. Over the weekend I browsed through the book and picked up a few dishes I want to try out. Here is my first take: Thai Fried Rice.

1½ cups Basmati Rice, cleaned, washed and soaked for 1 hour
6 cups Water
4 tbsp Vegetable oil
2 cloves Garlic, finely chopped
1 Medium-sized onion, finely chopped
3 tbsp Dried shrimp, soaked for 5 mins, drained (optional)
150 gm Cooked chicken, diced
4 tbsp Tomato ketchup
1 tsp Sugar
2 Eggs, lightly beaten
1 Tomato, diced
½ Capsicum, chopped
A pinch of salt
Fresh coriander leaves, to garnish

Microwave rice and water, covered, on HIGH for approximately 10 minutes, until slightly undercooked. Drain out excess water. Mix 2tbsp oil, garlic and onion in a large bowl. Microwave on HIGH for 3 minutes. Add dried shrimp, chicken, tomato ketchup, sugar and salt. Microwave covered on HIGH for 1 minute. Add rice. Stir. Beat egg with remaining oil. Stir into the rice with tomato and capsicum. Microwave on HIGH for a further 2 minutes. Remove. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves. 

My Version: 
I used rice which I had cooked the previous day. I skipped the meat and shrimp paste. Also I think it would be nice to add a few more veggies like mushrooms, baby corns and purple cabbage. The ratio of the ketchup to rice is very important since it otherwise tends to get a bit dry. To make it a bit spicy I put in a green chilly with the onions and garlic. You may also want to try adding a bit of red chili sauce. 

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