Wednesday, March 31, 2010

CHICKEN FRIED RICE ...re-kindling memories


My mom's fried rice is one of the best fried rice anyone could possibly have.It is definatley not just my testimony, but by others who have travelled around the globe and had a chance to taste all those wonderful food . It is actually an adaptation of my grandmother's. If there is anyone who does not agree to the comment I made above, it has to be my dad, because he still says, 'Mamma's is original!' :)

Today, while I was cooking with my cousin, we were talking about different tastes people have. I feel that most  women carry the taste of their own homes to the homes that they are married into, or the one they eventually set up. I am saying this because, I could see myself doing that everyday.

But, my mom, didn't know the ABC of cooking when she got married (well, she knew how to make omlettes and tea). It was my grandmother who taught her a LOT of stuff, so Amma still re-creates that taste at home... Lucky Dad but Poor Jobin! ;)

This fried rice was taught to my grandma by her cook in Malaysia...but eventually it was Indian-ised , a lot!

CHICKEN FRIED RICE
Recipe source: Mamma

Ingredients
Chicken- 100 g, boiled &shredded [ you can completely omit this or substitute with prawns/meat  etc]
Rice- 2 cups, boiled and cooled
Cabbage-100 g, shredded
Beans-100 g, cut finely
Carrot-100g, chopped fine
Soya sauce-2 tbsp or to taste and colour
Ginger -garlic paste- 2 tbsp
Spring onions- 2 stems, chopped
Salt- as needed
Oil- 5 tbsp
Method:
  • Boil rice [for 1 cup rice, use 1 1/1 cups water ] and lay it out on a cotton fabric or kitchen towel so that it is cooled well.
  • Heat oil, add the ginger garlic paste and saute well.
  • Add the vegetables and mix well. Cover and cook for 6-7 mins.
  • Add the chicken pieces and give it a quick mix.
  • Add the cooled ,lump free rice and mix.
  • Add soya sauce and  salt.
  • Mix well and let the rice get a bit crisp {keep it over the fire for 5-6 mins , mixing well in between.]
  • Garnish with spring onions & serve hot.
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     Just incase you are wondering where the recipe for the curry is, it will be up on my blog very soon! Keep checking!! :)

    21 Comments:

    Aps said...

    Yeh we always carry the taste from the first home... :).... Nd Good tht u wrote we can add prawns to this... bcoz i will be makin it with prawns soon :)

    Divya Kudua said...

    I remember you sharing the recipe with me through gtalk.I have to try this.Looks so so good Ria.

    My cooking is a mix of my amma's and my ma-in-law's.I was clueless about cooking and my amma guided me through it all,by giving simple instructions.But as they say,the way to a man's heart is through his stomach.I learned all his favorite dishes from his mom and now..aaal is well..:):)

    Tina said...

    Looks yummy.....

    San said...

    That's a decadent chicken fried rice.My all time fav,i end up ordering this in the restaurants most of the times back home.

    Zerin said...

    yummmmmmmmmmmm....

    miri goes phishing! said...

    Ria...the photographs up on your blog posts are insanely awesome...this is my first time here n' came to know about your blog through http://forkbootsandapalette.wordpress.com/ now will definitely watch this space...kudos to you...:)

    Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

    Ooh yummy! I hope that by the time I'm married, I'll have learnt enough cooking to be able to take anything to that house, other than sweets :P

    devi said...

    Ria,
    Can we use regular long grain rice or should it be only basmathi?and also wasn't sure about the amount of water mentioned in the recipe

    Ria Mathew said...

    Thank you everybody! :)

    Aps- Try and let me know how you liked it :)

    Divya- Yes, it is the same recipe!

    Miri- Welcome and thank you :) Hope to see you often!!

    Avanika- LOL!

    Devi- You can use the rice of your choice. We usually use short grain back home, but in US I could only find long grain...so :)

    What I meant was...for 1 cup of rice use 1 1/2 cups of water and cook till the water is completely absorbed and the rice is cooked. Spread the rice out on a plate, kitchen towel etc and let it cool. This is to prevent the stickiness and clumping of final product :)

    Hope I am clear...or else let me know!

    anushruti said...

    Vegetable fried rice has been one of my favourite dishes since childhood. Fried rice is such a homey comfort food.

    Subhie Arun said...

    looks yummy..nice clicks too.frst time hr..u have nice space hr..will keep following..

    Mallugirl said...

    a friend's mom makes this with bith shrimp and chicken.. she got it from malaysia!yum looking rice.

    An Open Book said...

    Hey Ria...thanks for dropping by my blog...i have come across ur blog a lot of times but hadnt bookmarked it or rather it slipped my mind...and couldnt trace you back..now that ive found you again...I'm following you :)
    Have to try out a few recipes from ur blog..although im such an amateur at baking and lazy is my last name so il just have to wait and see:)

    Lena Rashmin Raj said...

    ithu kalakkiyallo Ria...super snap.. :)enthundu visesham?? adichupoli thanneaano..photos ellam superb aanutto(orkut).. :)

    Michelle said...

    We love fried rice! So sweet of you to share your Mom's recipe. Looks delicious!

    Pavithra said...

    It is very tempting .. Beautiful picture . I cant wait for the sauce recipe , post it soon dear

    RV said...

    Oh that kitchen aid pan looks very pretty. TH will love this fried rice, will make this for him sometime.

    Pedhakka said...

    First time here !! I like your pictures and your write ups !!

    Cicily Antony said...

    Lovely clicks...fried rice looking yummy...waiting for curry now... :)

    Ann said...

    Ohhh that looks so tantalizing! Wow, I didn't know there was a Malaysian connection in your family. I love how your pics are so bright, what on earth is your secret!
    Happy first easter to you and Jobin BTW.

    Prerna said...

    I've spent a lot of years away from home studying and living in a hostel so you might understand how hungry I must be for good food. There was this tiny Chinese food stall close to my hostel which used to make mighty fried rice and Manchurian. 10rs. a plate and every other day you could find us there.
    You just brought back all those memories :-)
    I think I'm making some myself very soon.

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