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.
  • 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
  • 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.

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  1. Hi Cool Lassi(e)..thats one cool name..I've been here I guess a long time 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.

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

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

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

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

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

    Kairali sisters

  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.

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

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

  10. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

  16. Heavenlt looking perfectly cooked.

  17. 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 :)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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