Sunday, September 26, 2021

Rice, the versatile food for all seasons

The best thing about rice is that it can be bought in bulk and stored for future use. Apart from that, it is one of the most versatile foods known to the culinary world and it is relatively cheap. It provides the body with lots of energy which is what we need to get through the hot summer days. It is also a very popular celebration food, very popular at gatherings such as weddings and parties in general. White rice in particular is what many people like to play around with as it works nicely with anything from meat to vegetables. A popular rice dish locally is egg fried rice which is common in most eateries and delis. It might be worth something to share this very easy egg fried recipe to try at home. For convenience the plain rice can be boiled and frozen in advance. Reheat and add other ingredients as required. This recipe also makes for a great packed lunch especially to work!

This recipe can be played around with, feel free to jazz it up with anything that is available at your local grocer. It is always fun to adopt the mindset that recipes are generally guidelines in the kitchen.

Egg Fried Rice (serves 4-6)

1 cup rice parboiled

› green peppers

› red peppers

2 spring onions (shredded)

2 eggs

1 cup sliced mushrooms

1 › chicken breast (diced)

3 tablespoons cooking oil

Method

Follow the instructions of boiling 1 cup of rice on the Rice packet and set it aside to cool while you prep the rest of the ingredients.
Heat 2 tablespoons of the cooking oil in a pan or wok and add the green peppers and spring onions for about one minute.
Throw the dices of chicken breast to the mixture and saut├® for a further 15 minutes until the chicken is cooked and golden brown.
Add the mushrooms and keep saut├®ing for a further 5 minutes.
Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in a separate pan, break the eggs and scramble them until well done.

Mix the vegetable and chicken mixture to the eggs and rice and stir until evenly mixed. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve. Enjoy!

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