CHINESE FRIED RICE & SOYA CHUNKS MANCHURIAN

16 Sep

CHINESE FRIED RICE

fried rice

The classic Chinese comfort dish, it’s believed that fried rice (Chao Fan) originated in the city of Yangzhou in eastern Jiangsu province. Made with barbecued pork, shrimp and spring onions, Yangzhou Fried Rice is still the standard by which all other fried rice dishes are judged. But you don’t need to follow a special recipe to enjoy fried rice – it’s a great way to use up leftovers.

The fried rice recipe is very easy to make and the possibilities are limitless.  You can pretty much add whatever you want to the rice, as long as you stick with the basics.

chinease fried  rice

INGREDIENTS:-

  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 1 large onion
  • 1/2 tsp – ajinomoto
  • 1 large carrot, finely chopped
  • beans – 12
  • cabbage – 2 large leaves
  • capsicum – 1
  • 3/4 cup frozen peas
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 5 tsp sesame/ olive oil
  • 1 scrambled egg

chinese freid rice

METHOD:-

Boil water to which little salt and a tsp.of oil is added. Add the washed and drained rice and cook.  When it is ¾ tender drain water completely.  Allow the rice to cool completely by spreading on a broad plate.  This separates the grains. Cut the vegetables into even sized very small pieces. Heat 2 tsp oil in a broad frying pan and fry vegetables add half of the Aji-no-moto. (If using peas, boil it separately and then add).  Fry in a high flame,till the vegetables are soft, for few minutes.  Add cooked rice, salt, pepper . Sprinkle soya sauce and fry on a high flame till rice is mixed well. Add the scrambled egg . Serve hot with manchurian, or any side dish of your choice.

friedrice

SOYA CHUNKS MANCHURIAN

soya manchurian_2

The Indo-Chinese fusion is one craze that exists to date where Indians enjoy an encore of dishes. It is entirely a creation of Chinese restaurants in India, and bears little resemblance to traditional Chinese cuisine. It is said to have been invented in 1975 by Nelson Wang; Wang described his invention process as starting from the basic ingredients of an Indian dish, namely chopped garlic, ginger, and green chilis, but next, instead of adding garam masala, he put in soy sauce instead, followed by cornstarch and the chicken itself. A popular vegetarian variant replaces chicken with cauliflower, and is commonly known as gobi manchurian. Other possibilities include prawn, fish, mutton, or paneer.
fryied rice

Among such recipes, Vegetable Manchurian is one such gem of taste. The  Manchurian has been always a favorite to all and the word Manchurian is almost synonymous to the cuisine. Here’s the recipe using soya chunks for this exotic enticing dish.

INGREDIENTS:-

  • Soya chunks,soaked and drained – 1 cup
  • Cornflour/ corn starch 4 teaspoons
  • Green chilli paste 1/2 tablespoon
  • Dark soy sauce 2 teaspoons
  • Oil 3 tablespoon
  • Onions,roughly chopped 2 medium
  • Spring onions,chopped 1-2
  • Ginger,finely chopped 1 inch piece
  • Garlic,finely chopped 3 cloves
  • Soy sauce 3 teaspoons
  • Green chilli sauce 1 tablespoon
  • Tomato ketchup 2 tablespoons
  • Salt to taste
  • food colour(optional)
  • Green capsicum,seeded , diced1 small
  • Vinegar 1 tablespoon
  • Spring onion greens,finely chopped

METHOD:-

making soya manchurian

Mix soya chunks, salt, two teaspoons cornflour,  half ajinomoto,chopped ginger and garlic ,half soya sauce ,green chilli paste and dark soy sauce ,a pinch of food colour , in a bowl. Heat half the oil in a pan, add the soya chunks and sauté for three to four minutes, untill they are browned. Transfer into a bowl.

soya manchurian

Add the remaining oil to the same pan and sauté onions, spring onions, ginger and garlic for two to three minutes. Add soy sauce, green chilli sauce and tomato ketchup and mix. Add two cups of water and let the mixture come to a boil. Add the soya chunks and cook for five more minutes. Add salt and mix. Add remaining cornflour dissolved in two tablespoons of water and cook till the mixture thickens slightly. Add capsicum, stir in vinegar and take it off the heat. Garnish with spring onion greens and serve hot with fried rice or noodles.   chinese fried rice    

 

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