This is a simple fridge raid recipe for those times when you have to just finish up those one or two vegetables left in the fridge before that weekend shopping trip or when you have left over rice from the previous night and crave for some comfort food. This is a very forgiving recipe as you can simply throw in a few ingredients to the pan and modify the recipe to your taste. I always like my fried rice simple with a few ingredients with no extra sauces added. You can always throw in some soya sauce and tomato sauce to get the typical road side bandi flavour.
For now I am sharing this recipe which is very basic and the ultimate comfort food for me.
I warmed up some oil in the pan for tempering. You could use butter or ghee to enhance the flavour.
I then added 1/2 tsp of jeera(cumin seeds).
Once the seeds start spluttering add a clove of sliced garlic to it. You could add mashed garlic if you do not like the bite of the garlic pieces. I personally like to slightly brown the garlic to give it a nutty flavour. Some people like to add ginger garlic paste. It is totally upto you.
I then added a small finely chopped onion and fried on low heat till the onion tured translucent.
I then added the veggies. I used some green peas, a small potato and some phool makhana (puffed lotus seeds). You could also add bell peppers and green beans finely chopped. I sauteed the vegetables well. You could splash some water at this stage if you like your vegetables to be soft. I like them to retain a little bite.
If you like the road side fried rice, at this stage you could add some coriander powder,cumin powder, soya sauce and tomato sauce at this stage and mix well.
Add salt and check seasoning. If you are using soya sauce remember that it comes pre-seasoned with salt. So be cautious while add extra salt to it.
Now add the left over rice. If you are using freshly cooked rice, make sure to cool down the rice well to make sure that it doesn’t turn mushy before adding it to the base. Toss well. Add some freshly chopped coriander.
Serve hot with a sauce of your choice or raitha or eat it as it is.