Rice being a staple throughout Asia, we have so many options of preparing it....each region, state, country has something unique to offer depending on the ingredients available, that suits their taste buds. Globalisation has made us adapting to other cultures.... food or otherwise. It is a feel good factor really. Like other fellow foodies, me too believe food has no boundaries....the term fusion food so much in vogue now. I do not hesitate to use a typical Indian biriyani masala along with broccoli and bell peppers while preparing a rice dish. These vegetables are in use in my country in recent years, atleast in my state. There is nothing wrong in doing so as long as it appeals to our taste buds. The word unethical has no place when it comes to food....the food world is truly versatile.... I laughed to my heart's content when Pizza Hut in Kolkata introduced tandoori chicken pizza in their menu.... its an immense pleasure to see when a fellow foodie from my part of the world works hard to prepare a low caloric version of burger with tahini sauce.... or someone from UK prepares a perfect dosa and expresses love for red hot South Asian curries. It leaves me happier.
At home, my men are not fond of rice with dal, veggies.... a very good fish curry does help. So I keep on using assorted veggies... meat and fish to fry with the rice and bring some colour to the plate and their face. There is nothing good like an one pot meal loaded with all nutrition and served with salad. This is an Oriental Prawn Fried Rice , that I prepared for my family and a visiting dear friend. I did not follow any strict rules while doing it ..... I followed my mood and the available ingredients on that particular day. I served it with pepper chicken made with zucchini.
Long Grained Rice : 2 cups
Prawns : 300 gm[medium sized]
Red bell pepper : 1[medium]
Yellow bell pepper : 1[medium]
Green Capsicum : 1[medium]
Broccoli : 1[small]
Onion : 1[big]
Minced Garlic : 1tsp
Soya Sauce[light] : 3tbsp
Black Pepper[coarse] : 1tsp
Salt : As required
Oil : 3tbsp
Sesame Oil : 1tsp[optional]
Wash the rice and boil in enough water till half done. Strain. Spread on a big plate or on a newspaper and keep under the fan for 1 hour.
Clean and wash the prawns. Add salt as required.
Cut the bell peppers n onion into cubes and the broccoli into florets and wash separately.
Heat oil in a pan. Fry the prawns at high heat for 1-2 minutes. Keep aside.
Add the minced garlic and saute till it gives a nice aroma. Add the onions and saute for 1 minute.
Now add the veggies and saute for 2 minutes. Add the prawns, soya sauce and little salt. Saute for 1 minute.
Add the rice and stir well for 2 minutes at high heat.
Add the sesame oil. Stir well. Its done!!
Enjoy with your choice of meat and veggie dish as sides!!