Thursday, January 10, 2019

Vegetable Fried Rice

Vegetable Fried Rice

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Fried rice - its such a simple rice dish, not too strong, yet flavourful. colourful for the eyes and satisfies the taste buds. if it is accompanied by some perfect side dish like any manchurian gravies.. it can satisfy your soul too !

i make fried rice with basic ingredients required for fired rice. i use just 2 sauces.

i try to make cauliflower manchurian as side. Even simple potato chips will be great. 

do not over saute the vegetables. keep it crunchy. that adds kick to the texture of the dish. this is one dish where my daughter never fishes out the vegetables. in our house we all prefer this fried rice with more vegetables.. hence lot of crunchiness.
let us go to the recipe quickly.


  • basmathi rice - cooked - 2 cups
  • vegetables - green beans, carrot, capsicum, capsicum, green part of spring onions - all finely chopped
  • mushroom - thinly sliced
  • garlic - 3
  • white part of the spring onions
  • soy sauce - 3 teaspoons
  • green chilli sauce - 2 teaspoons
  • salt as per taste
  • white pepper powder - 1/2 teaspoon
  • black pepper powder - 1/2 teaspoon
  • sesame oil - 2 tablespoons


  • cook the basmathi rice and keep it ready.
  • heat the oil in a wok/kadhai.
  • add the finely chopped garlic. let it turn light brown.
  • add the finely cut thinly sliced mushrooms, white part of spring onions, carrot and green beans. (you can add cabbage too. since i did not have i did not add today)
  • add little salt and saute on high.
  • add the soy sauce and green chilli sauce. give a stir. 
  • saute for couple more minutes on high.
  • add the finely chopped capsicum and the spring onions and toss.
  • within few seconds, add the cooked rice and toss again. 
  • add the pepper powders and check salt.
  • stir till the rice gets all the flavours from the sauces, vegetables and spices.
  • serve hot with any indo-chinese gravy.

Happy cooking !!

Friday, November 16, 2018

Kathirikkai-Murungakai Sambar - Namma Sambar !!

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Monday, October 15, 2018

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Kanchipuram Idli (Kovil Idli) - Idli with a Flavour

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

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Our people used to call it as udacha kadalai and many of my friends call it as pottu kadalai or chutney paruppu. Its a very healthy pulse variety. It is extremely rich in iron content. Excellent snack for kids.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Vendakkai / Bhindi / Okra Biryani

Vendakkai / Okra / Bhindi Biryani

The okra's on the rice in the picture were not mixed with masala. I kept it separately to use for decoration only.

This Bhindi biryani is an inspiration from a paneer biryani recipe from a free recipe booklet for "Snehidhi" women's Tamil magazine. 

Okra is my daughters favourite vegetable. i used make fun of her.. saying that she is so fond of okra that.. if we write "okra" in a paper.. she would eat that too! 😅😆. my daughter is happy with this okra biryani

Monday, July 30, 2018

Kathirikkai Kadayal - Brinjal Gravy

Kathirikkai Kadayal - Brinjal gravy - Country Food

When I sit to write about this recipe, I am recollecting the image of my grand mother eating white rice with this brinjal gravy. She eats rice with this gravy in a peculiar way. She takes white rice in the plate. She pours this kathirikkai kadayal beside it. She takes some white rice in her hand and makes a small ball of the size of her fist. Then, she will dip it in that kuzhambu like a dumpling and eat it. She says that it is feels more satisfying than it sounds 😇. 

Friday, July 20, 2018

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