Creating a blog was out of the question for a long time for me, as measuring everything in the kitchen was like biting into an eggshell. I enjoy cooking and don’t want to waste even a slightest bit of enjoyment in that small world of mine. But little did I know that everything will change, when my husband came home with the Oscar nominated film ‘Julie and Julia’( a real life story) where Julie Powell (part played by Amy Adams) challenged herself to make all the 524 recipes from Julia Child's cook book ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ and blogging all her experiences (The Julie/Julia Project). It was an inspiring movie. A few days later when we were discussing this casually with a friend of ours over tea…everything changed dramatically…..” How about you making at least half of it in one year? Not French but your own. 262 recipes that will inspire others and present it as a blog?” For a minute my mind traveled faster than light… With an experience as a helper in my mother in laws kitchen for 6 years followed by a three year everyday struggle to satisfy the palate of my foodie husband, if I cannot do it then why should I cook? But on the other side with an experience in English literature extending no more than expanding outline stories in English grammar class when I was 18 and two small kids that come in handy at times, will a commitment for the next one year work? Anyway my ‘cook's ego’ didn’t allow me to say no...

So my friends …here I am opening my recipe book, trying to perfect and present 262 recipes in the coming 365 days….A Challenge that will of course tastes good. Come.. Have a walk with me along my journey.. Cheering and inspiring….Forgiving and tolerating…Testing and tasting….for ‘A Tasty Challenge’

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Monday, June 14, 2010

Thai Fried Rice

Recipe No: 33
Ingredients                                                                       Serves 6
  • Raw Jasmine rice………………...2 cups
  • Boneless, skinless chicken…....1 cup (cut into thin strips)
  • Red Curry Paste…………………1/2 Teaspoon
  • Salt…………………………………...1/2 Teaspoon
  • Vegetable Oil……………………...5 Tablespoons
  • Sesame Oil…………………………1 Tablespoon
  • Ginger-Garlic paste……………..2 Teaspoon
  • Red Chilly Paste………………….1 Teaspoon (I used Sambal Oelek)
  • Veggies cut into thin strips…...1 ½ Cups (I used Carrots, Beans, Celery and Onion)
  • Egg……………………………………..2
  • White Sesame seeds (Ellu)……2 Tablespoons(optional)
  • Fish Sauce…………………………….2 Tablespoons
  • Salt as per taste
Method of Preparation
  1. Marinate the Chicken pieces with the Red Curry paste and ½ teaspoon of Salt and keep aside till it is ready to be used.
  2. Wash rice and soak it in warm water for 20 minutes.
  3. Boil at least 8 cups of water. When boiled, add the rice and cook it till almost done. Don’t cook it fully as that might become very sticky.
  4. Drain and let it cool completely before making the rice. If you are in a hurry dump the strained rice on to a large sheet pan or plate and let it cool.
  5. Heat a large pan or wok on high. When heated properly add a Tablespoon of oil and fry the marinated Chicken pieces till done. Drain and keep aside.
  6. Heat the rest of the Vegetable and Sesame Oil on high heat and fry Sambal Oelek or Red Chilly paste and Ginger-garlic paste for 30 seconds.
  7. Add the Veggies and saute for 2 minutes. Don’t cook it through as it should be crunchy at the end.
  8. Push all the veggies to the side of the pan and crack the eggs to the middle of the pan. Quickly scramble the eggs with a spatula. Once cooked through, mix the egg with other veggies.
  9. Add the cooked rice, fried Chicken, Sesame seeds and Fish sauce and mix and fry for 2-3 minutes. Adjust the salt level and serve hot.
Notes: Jasmine rice is a type of Thai rice which has a fragrance similar to that of Basmati. It is sticky when cooked, making this dish sticky, just like most of the Thai rices.
Adding Sesame seeds is strictly optional. This is more common with Japanese Cusine but some how I like it in this recipe.
As fish sauce is extremely salty, add extra salt if needed only towards the end after mixing the fish sauce in.
Fish sauce, Sambal Oelek and Red Curry Paste are available in most of the  grocery stores in the Sauce or the Thai section.

 





Make it, enjoy the deliciousness and 
serve it to your family with love…

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