Burnt Garlic Egg Fried Rice
A Chinese Recipe with a Difference
Started smelling garlicky? Please don't. This simple fried rice dish smells and tastes so good that you will thank me for this recipe.
I don't know but from childhood days I have a strong connection with Chinese food. Nothing can entice my tastebuds like a good Chinese dish. Being born and brought up in a city- Kolkata, my city of love, my city of dreams-that hosts a good number of Chinese restaurants, made me an ardent fan of Chinese food. Kolkatans' patronage of Chinese delicacies encouraged their popularity for more than over a century. It is quite interesting to note that the largest number of Chinese dwellers in India reside in Kolkata. They are almost 3000 in number. This vast population of Chinese dwellers started pioneering Chinese delicacies in Kolkata. Now Kolkata can boast of an authentic Chinatown of her own where one can get good quality Chinese food at a very nominal price. If I say authentic Chinese food is available in Kolkata it will be an overrated claim. The intermingling of Chinese community with the Indians in the Indian soil produced a particular genre of food known as Indo-Chinese cuisine, where authentic Chinese delicacies are seasoned with Indian spices. This particular genre became very popular not only in India, but also in Southeast Asian countries like in Malaysia and Singapore as well as in North American Countries like U.S and Canada .
My Burnt Garlic Egg Fried Rice is one such Indo-Chinese preparation that is somewhat a bit more spicy than its authentic Chinese counterpart. But do not panic because it will compensate for its hotness with its sinfully awesome taste. Once you taste it you are bound to fall for it in a big way!
Now allow me to present before you my Indo-Chinese recipe Burnt Garlic Egg Fried Rice.
The Initial Step
Fried Rice recipes cry for one ingredient very badly. Do you know I am talking about which ingredient? Yes you are right. Well cooked rice. It can be brown rice or it can be white rice that does not matter. What matters the most is that the rice should be properly cooked following some basic instructions before using it in the fried rice recipe otherwise it can lead to disastrous consequences. Now let me get the facts straight.
- Unlike in many other pilaf dishes which require semi-cooked rice as an ingredient, Chinese Fried Recipes require fully cooked rice as the main ingredient.
- The rice may be long-grained or medium grained.
- The rice may also be white rice or brown rice.
- Sticky rice is not used in Indo-Chinese Fried Rice recipes. Please do take care of this fact.
- When you will cook the rice add one pinch of salt and one tablespoon of oil in water and cook the rice in it. Salt will add to the taste of the rice, whereas oil will prevent the rice from getting sticky.
- Finally do take care not to over-cook the rice otherwise the rice can get mushy.
Burnt Garlic Egg Fried Rice- An Easy Pictorial Guide
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- 1 medium bowl Cooked Rice, white
- 2 Eggs, fresh
- 3-4 cloves Garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon Red Chilli Flakes
- 1 teaspoon Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1 teaspoon Chinese Salt, optional
- 1 teaspoon White Pepper Powder
- 1 tablespoon Vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Dark Soy Sauce
- 1 Onion, thinly sliced
- 1 Green Bell Pepper, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup Carrots, chopped
- 1/2 cup Green Peas, frozen
- 1/2 cup Spring Onions, finely chopped
- 3 tablespoon Oil
- Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a wok and poach 2 eggs.
- Scramble the poached eggs with the help of a spatula. Keep aside.
- Heat another 2 tablespoon of oil. When the oil is hot enough temper it with red chili flakes and minced garlic. Add one teaspoon of sugar to this. This will quickly caramelize the garlic and turn it brown.
- Next add onions, carrots, bell peppers and green peas. Add salt and fry them in high heat until they are crunchy. Now keep everything aside in a bowl.
- Add the cooked rice in that empty wok. Stir-fry the rice for some minutes before adding the fried veggies. Next add the scrambled eggs.
- Now add white pepper powder, Chinese salt, vinegar,soy sauce and a pinch of sugar and give it a final stir.
- Your Burnt Garlic Egg Fried Rice is ready. Serve it with chopped spring onions on top.
|Serving size: 1 medium bowl|
|Calories from Fat||54|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 6 g||9%|
|Saturated fat 2 g||10%|
|Carbohydrates 77 g||26%|
|Fiber 2 g||8%|
|Protein 9 g||18%|
|Cholesterol 2 mg||1%|
|Sodium 6 mg|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
- Apart from eggs you can add any meat of your choice like chicken, pork or lamb.
- You can also add tofu.
- I have used a small number of veggies that were present in my kitchen. You can also add celery stems, french beans, bean sprouts and many more. The more the merrier!
- Keeping the vegetables crunchy is mandatory and it definitely enhances the taste. You can simply sauté each type of veggies separately or if you are running out of time like me sauté them together but do not make the mistake of pouring rice over them and cook. Rather fry veggies-> keep them aside-> fry rice-> add veggies on top. That's the trick. By this way the rice will gain flavor from the veggies and the veggies will not become too soft.
If you think Chili Pork can very well compliment Burnt Garlic Fried Rice check out this easy recipe
- Tasty Chili Pork Appetizer
This spicy, crispy and lip-smacking dish for starters will definitely become the perfect match for your favorite drink at a perfect evening party.
What goes well with burnt garlic fried rice?
Authentic Chinese Fried Rice Recipe
If you want to learn how to prepare the tamer version of Burnt Garlic Fried Rice, i.e., the authentic Chinese Fried Rice, here is a good video for you. Have a quick look at it.
© 2014 Deblina Banerjee