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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Herbed Vegan Fried Rice

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This is an aromatic eye-catching and super easy-to-make rice mildly flavored with Cilantro and very few spices. This can be a standalone dish or eaten with any choice of sides - Stuffed Eggplants, Lebanese Eggplants, Navratan Curry, Flambeed Bell Pepper Curry or even better with Celery Root Remoulade.
Ingredients:
  • Basmati Rice - 2 cups
  • Cashews - 1/4 cup
  • Carrots - 1/4 cup, sliced
  • Zucchini - 1/4 cup, frozen
  • Potato - 1 cup, cubed with skin-on
  • Green Peas - 1/4 cup, fresh or frozen
  • Lima Beans - 1/4 cup, frozen
  • Fennel Seeds - 1 tsp
  • Cloves - 2
  • Bay Leaf - 1
  • Olive Oil - 5 tbsp
For Grinding:
  • Garlic - 3 large cloves, roughly chopped
  • Onion - 1, medium, roughly chopped
  • Green Chilli or Serrano pepper - 1-2
  • Ginger - 1/2 inch
  • Peppercorns - 1/2 tsp
  • Cilantro - 1 bunch, small (~2 cups when chopped)
  • Coconut - 1/4 cup, shredded, fresh or frozen
Procedure:
  • In a skillet, add a tbsp of oil and add the grinding ingredients one by one till peppercorns and fry for a good 7-10 minutes on a low flame.
  • Switch off the stove and add the cilantro and coconut to the skillet.
  • Cool and grind all of them to a fine paste. Set aside.
  • Soak the cleaned basmati rice for 20 minutes.
  • In the same skillet add 1/2 tbsp of oil and brown the cashews.Set aside.
  • In a deep thick-bottomed wide skillet, heat the remaining oil and add the clove, bay leaf and fennel seeds.
  • Throw in the potatoes, carrot and fry until the potatoes are slightly browned.
  • Add the other vegetables - Lima beans, Peas, Zucchini and browned cashews and finally the rice.
  • Fry for 4-5 minutes in low flame.
  • Pour the ground paste, stir gently and add 3 cups of water.
  • Cook on medium flame with closed lid for 7-10 minutes.
  • Sprinkle little more water if necessary.
  • Serve hot with any side-dish choice.
Makes 3-4 medium-portioned servings.

Enjoy!
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48 comments:

  1. Hi Cool Lassi(e)..thats one cool name..I've been here I guess a long time ago...lol..Since then have been thinking abt checking back on you. So here I am.. Loving ur blog. I'm so excited I'm the
    1st one to comment on this post.

    Love your preparation of your herbed Vegan Fried Rice. Since I'm a big fan of cilantro, I love ur recipe. Temnpting and beautiful presentaion.

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  2. Healthy fried rice dear!!!
    Adding zucchini and lima beans sounds very interesting
    Nice click :-)

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  3. Wow! this sounds awesome...loved adding lima bean..nicel picture Dear..

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  4. Wow! this sounds awesome Dear..loved adding lima bean to rice..nice picture..

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  5. What a healthy rice dish! Wonderful to enjoy any time of the year!

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  6. Great dish Lassie...Healthy and nutritious...Love it

    Love
    Kairali sisters

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  7. Eye catchy fried rice platter.Can you pass the platter pls? Would love to indulge in it at any time CL.Nice presentation dear.

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  8. Fried rice looks fantastic and really catchy with all those beans also nutritious!!

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  9. Staying off rice for a while, but this is tempting me waaay too much ;)

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  10. Looks delicious and healthy with all the herbs.

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  11. This looks good even to me who doesn't like to go a meal without some kind of meat. I love the music on your blog!...especially the Taylor Swift song.

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  12. Wow!!! thats one biig flavorful rice..loved it..yummy yumm

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  13. Looks very tempting, I always love more vegetables in my fried rice, never tried adding herbs and spices though..great recipe.

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  14. the presentation of the is very tempting.....must be very tasty and its heathy too....

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  15. Healthy and delicious fried rice..Beautiful clicks too...

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  16. This really good healthy , a side dish makes complete meal.

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  17. Heavenlt looking rice...so perfectly cooked.

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  18. wow my family loves fried rice!! this veg version is a must try for me! there is an award for you in my blog, please get it :)

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  19. Rice dish is acomplete meal in it self.Looks so healthy too.Nice presentation with the veg.

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  20. healthy and nutritious fried rice Cool Lassi(e). i loved that carrot flower...superb snap dear.. :)

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  21. wow..what a healthy version ..i have never addedherbs to my fried rice..will have to try this...

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  22. hey fried rice with herbs looks delicious..will try adding some next time when I make it.

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  23. Did I hear cilantro? Mmmm yes I did. Looks delicious! Filled with so many good ingredients.

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  24. ce riz est parfumé et très épicé,comme je les aime
    ta recette est excellente, j'en prends note
    bonne soirée

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  25. That's eye candy :-)Loved all the ingredients you used..simply delicious ..

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  26. Lots of yummy ingredients going into this one pot dish! Me likey!

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  27. Thatz a gorgeous looking fried rice dear...so rich and colorful with all the veggies...nice way to tempt kids to eat vegetables too :)

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  28. Wow thats wonderful colored rice..looks so good, healthy and healthy.

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  29. What a delicious fried rice...love all the combi of spices and goodies galore that sure lend a super flavour here am sure:-)))

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  30. Healthy n yummy fried rice...loved the different ingredients u added....nice click too

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  31. I would love to add lots of cashew nuts to it! nice!

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  32. Loved the variety in the ingredient list. Beautiful click.

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  33. Looks great and perfect,,very healthy recipe with beautiful click.thanks for sharing dear,,take care n keep on smiling.

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  34. liked all the ingredients!!! nice click as well...

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  35. Very vegan fried rice..... Lovely , yummy tempting & colorful..... I forever love rice in any form.... Awesomely prepared & presented...... Saved it as my desktop..;-)

    Ash....
    (http://asha-oceanichope.blogspot.com/)

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  36. healthy n delicious fried rice... nice clicks too.. :)

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  37. Gorgeous looking rice. Loved it and the ingredients that went to make this tasty rice.

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  38. I like all the veggies in the rice... nice garnish

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