Friday, January 29, 2010

Fried rice with cilantro

Fried rice is a great comfort food, and the cilantro adds just enough pizazz to make it interesting.

1 Tbsp oil
2 eggs, beaten
1/3 cup frozen peas
1-2 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 leek, trimmed and sliced thinly
3 cups cooked, cooled basmati rice
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1/2 cup cooked chicken, cut into small pieces (optional)
fresh cilantro, rinsed and chopped

Heat A couple drops of oil over medium heat in a wok or large non-stick frying pan. Add eggs, stirring to break up. When almost cooked (not too done!) remove from pan and set aside.

Use paper towels to wipe the pan clean and add remaining oil. Heat to high. When the oil is very hot, add the leeks, peas and carrots and fry until fragrant, about 15 seconds. Add in the rice and stir well to mix in the leeks throughout. Spread the rice all around the surface area and let the rice get really hot, untouched until you hear the bottoms of the grains sizzling. Use a spatula to toss the rice, again spreading the rice out over the surface. Drizzle the soy sauce on top and toss. Add the eggs and chicken, tossing to mix the rice evenly with all of the ingredients. Let everything heat back up again. Serve with soy sauce, cilantro, salt and pepper.

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