I don't like to eat the same menu for two consecutive meals. So what do you do when you have some leftover? Well...I try to mix and match, come up with some weird recipes. Like yesterday for instance... I had some leftover sambhar with zucchini, carrot and onion. I tried this fried rice and viola! I just treated myself with a tasty restaurant style veg fried rice. It became even worth the effort when my husband complimented it saying - no need to go out to thai/chinese places and spend on food. So I decided to call it "Zatpat (Quick) Fried Rice" So here it comes.
Zatpat Veg Fried Rice (Quick Veg Fried Rice)
Approx 2 cups cooked rice
2 cups sambhar with zucchini, carrot and onion pieces
1 cup broccoli pieces (steamed for about 2 mins in microwave)
1 cup cut onion
1 cup cut tomato
2 tbl spoon Sriracha Chili Sauce
2 tbl spoon Soy sauce
1 tbl spoon oil
Heat oil in a wok (kadhai) and stirfry onions till golden brown.
Add sambhar and continue stir-fry on high heat till excess water in sambhar (if any) evaporates.
Add soy sauce and continue to stir.Add rice and mix thoroughly. If rice has lumps, make sure to put the rice in a plate and break the lumps.
Carefully stir the ingredients in wok (kadhai).
Add Sriracha Chili Sauce and finally add tomatoes and brocolli. Stir carefully for approx 3 mins - such that all of the ingredients are heated well. Care should be taken that none of the ingredients are overcooked. Soy sauce and chilli sauce should be added as per desired spice and salt level. Serve on lunch plate while hot
1. All stirring should happen on high heat. Medium or low heat will call the mixture to get soggy. We want to leave it with separated consistency, yet mixed enough to exchange flavor within the all the items.
2. If cooked rice is at or below room temperature it helps in mixing well in wok (kadhai).
3. I served rice with mint chutney on the side and it enchanced the flavor big time.
Try this out and let me know if you liked it. Its one of great ways when you really crave to eat restaurant style food and yet worry about spending. Using your imaginations and the leftovers in the fridge can be a great way to treat your taste buds as well as save a few bucks and a visit to a restaurant or a fast food place.