There was some rice leftover from last night.. & the chole that I made for dinner was wiped clean for dinner.. What do I cook for lunch & how do I use up the leftover rice was a huge Question…!! I was in no mood to make Dal or sambar to finish the rice.. I felt like eating something exotic & oriental. Had a look in my pantry & found some red peppers & a bunch of celery… the idea of some fried rice struck me at lightening speed.. 😀 & there this recipe came into existence..
A few weeks back when I had visited the grocery store I had picked up some dried Thai Basil, so been thinking of ways to use it… & this was the perfect way to use some of it.
The best bit to this is that it you can use leftover rice & a very tasty way of using some leftover rice…
Ingredients: (Serves 2) Preparation Time: 10 mins
Celery – 1 long stick, finely chopped
Onion – 1 medium-sized, finely chopped
Red bell pepper – 1, medium-sized, chopped into small cubes
Green Chilli – 2, finely chopped
Dark Soy Sauce – 1 tbsp
Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, finely chopped
Garlic – 2 cloves, finely chopped
Cooked rice/Leftover rice – 3 cups
Thai Basil – 1 tsp, I used the dried version, use fresh if you can find some…
Fresh coriander – 2-3 sprigs, finely chopped
Olive oil – 1 tbsp, use toasted sesame oil if you wish to
Salt to taste
Heat oil in a deep bottom fried pan, set heat to medium. Add green chilli’s once the oil is hot. Once the green chilli’s begin to change colour, then add the chopped garlic & ginger. Sauté them for a couple of minutes. Next add the chopped celery & fry till it changes colour. Now add the Soy sauce, mix. Next add the chopped red bell pepper. Add the Thai Basil & some salt to taste.
Sauté the peppers for a minute (I like the peppers crispy, so I don’t cook them much. Go ahead & cook the peppers more if you wish to.) Add the cooked/leftover rice, lower heat & mix well till every grain of rice gets coated with the sauce prepared.. Increase the heat to medium & then fry the rice till the rice gets heated up.. Turn off the heat.
Garnish with some finely chopped coriander leaves.
It tastes good as is, you can make some oriental curry as an accompaniment.
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