Thursday, 20 November 2014

Mushroom and bell peppers fried rice

Crunchy bell peppers &  mushrooms stir fried and spiced up with Schezwan sauce and mixed with steamed rice. This is one of the easiest fried rice to make for a week night. Flavor and taste guaranteed. Kids friendly and on the table in less than 30 minutes.
You can toss some roasted peanuts or roasted sesame seeds for extra crunch. Also, garnish with chopped spring onion greens.


  • 1 Cup Basmati Rice / Long grain rice
  • 1 Pack Fresh Mushrooms ( I used button mushrooms )
  • 1/4 Cup red bell pepper
  • 1/4 Cup Green bell pepper
  • 1/4 Cup Yellow bell pepper
  • 1 Inch long Ginger chopped Finely
  • 6 Garlic Cloves chopped finely
  • 1 Tablespoon Dark Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon homemade Schezwan sauce ( optional. Follow the link to make Schezwan sauce at home. Add this sauce if you like spicy fried rice)
  • 1 Tablespoon Sesame Seed Oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly Ground Pepper to taste
  • Fresh Green Onions chopped finely for garnish  


1. Prepare Steamed Rice : Wash rice several times in tap water. Soak rice in tap water for 10 minutes. In a large pot, add about 5 Cups of water. Add 1 Teaspoon Salt to the water and bring it to boil
2. Drain water completely from the soaked rice. Add rice to the boiling water. Reduce the flame to medium and cook for 10 minutes
3. Using a slotted spoon, take few grains of rice and check if the rice is cooked to al dente. Take a rice grain and pinch in using your thumb and fore finger. It should feel hard at the center of the grain , while the ends should feel like cooked. At this stage, the rice is perfect for making fried rice. Do not overcook
4. Drain water immediately using a colander. Add 1 Teaspoon oil to the rice and toss it gently. Adding oil to the steamed rice , helps in retaining rice grains separately without sticking to each other
5. Clean Mushroom and slice them. Best way to clean mushrooms is using a wet sponge and kitchen towel. Wipe the mushrooms gently using a wet sponge and then clean it with a towel / kitchen towel. I do not wash mushrooms, washing makes it soggy and they loose flavour

6. In a large pan, heat sesame seed oil. When the oil is hot, add
 ginger and garlic. Keep the flame High                           
7. Add mushrooms and 1/4 Teaspoon Salt and fry on high flame for 2 minutes             

8. Then add bell peppers and sauté for 2 minutes. Do not overcook the bell peppers. Let the bell peppers remain crunchy.
9. Add Soy Sauce and Schezwan sauce ( use Schezwan sauce if you like spicy fried rice) and give it a nice stir

10. Add the steamed rice and toss it gently with the veggies

11. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Switch off the flame

12. Garnish with spring onion greens and serve hot with one of these gravies Vegetables in chilli Garlic Sace , Mixed Vegetable Gravy , Chilli Paneer

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