Quick Vegetable Fried Rice

Quick Vegetable Fried Rice

‘Quick’ here means rice cooked in microwave. By the time rice is ready, the vegetables can be cut and sautéed. Just mix and serve.

Quick Vegetable Fried Rice

Ingredients:
1 cup basmati rice
2 cups boiling water
1 tsp butter
1 chicken cube
3 nos. 2” celery sticks
1 cup capsicum diced
1 cup carrot diced
1 cup spring onion diced
½ tsp pepper powder
2 tsp soya sauce
1 tbsp olive oil

Method:
In a large deep bowl, add rice, celery, butter, chicken cube and water and microwave covered for 12 minutes. Take out and fluff with a fork. Discard celery sticks.
Heat 1 tbsp oil in a wok or large nonstick pan .Add capsicum, stir for few minutes and add carrot and spring onion.
Stir few minutes on high flame. Add rice, sprinkle soya sauce and pepper powder and mix well. Adjust salt if required.
Serve hot.

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Quick Vegetable Biryani

Vegetable Biriyani 1

As usual, most of my recipes are quick n’ easy. This biryani does not require elaborate preparation. Served with raita, this is a complete meal.

Quick Vegetable Biryani

1 cup basmati rice
1 cup vegetables (carrot, beans, potato, cauliflower) (I used 1 cup frozen vegetable mix)
2 cups water
1 large onion chopped
1 tbsp ginger/garlic paste
3 nos cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, mace each
¼ tsp turmeric powder
½ tsp chili powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp jeera or shahjeera
½ cup yoghurt
Handful of coriander leaves chopped
Few springs of mint leaves chopped
Fried onions to garnish (optional)

Method:
Heat oil and add cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, jeera and mace.
Add chopped onion and saute till translucent.
Add ginger/garlic paste and saute till raw smell goes.
Add chili powder, turmeric and coriander powders. Stir well.
Now add coriander leaves and mint leaves.( I used 1 tsp dry mint). Stir for few minutes.
Add the vegetables and yoghurt and stir.
Add rice and water, adjust salt. Close the lid and cook on low flame for 10 minutes.
After 10 minutes, stir and check if there is any water remaining and cook for 3 minutes more if required.
Serve with raita.

Vegetable Biriyani

Chickpea Rice

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Easy chickpea rice if you have some cooked chickpeas in freezer.
I used jeera rice for a change.

Chickpea Rice

Ingredients:
1 cup basmati rice/jeera rice
2 cups boiling water
½ – 1 cup cooked chickpeas
4 nos. small cardamom
3 nos. cloves
2 nos. 2”stick cinnamon
1 tsp whole peppercorns
2-3 pcs of mace
1 medium onion thinly sliced
3 tbsp oil
Salt
Coriander leaves to garnish

Method:
Heat oil and add whole spices. When they splutter, add sliced onions and sprinkle some salt. This will brown the onions faster.
When the onions turn brown (its important to brown the onions, otherwise rice will not get the brown colour), add water, chickpeas, rice and salt. Close tightly and keep on a low flame.
Open the lid after 10 minutes and stir slowly. If there is any water left, close the lid for 2-5 more minutes or else take off from the flame. Garnish with coriander leaves.
Serve with yoghurt raita and papad.

Notes:
You can use tinned chickpeas also.
If using dried chickpeas, soak 1/2 cup in water overnight and pressure cook the next day for 2 whistles.
You can also fry the rice in onion before adding water, though not necessary.
Don’t open the lid before 10 minutes and also don’t stir often as this will result in sticky rice.

Chickpea Rice