Monday, April 25, 2011

Spinach Capsicum Masala Fried Rice / Indian Style Fried Rice With Spinach & Capsicum


      This is a combination of Indian spices with Chinese sauces. This is really a amazing combination...i use to make this type of fried rices often with any available vegetables..this time i have more capsicum and a bunch of spinach in my fridge, so tried with it. Very quick recipe... helped me a lot to pack my hubby's lunch box during his 6 am-3 pm shift. So quick n i can also stuff as many vegetables as possible. I tried with mixed vegs like carrot,beans,peas,cabbage,mushroom,capsicum or with any 2 available ingredients. U too Try this n enjoy !!!

Nutritional Benefits of Capsicum: Capsicum/Bell peppers are excellent sources of vitamin C and vitamin A (through its concentration of carotenoids such as beta-carotene), two very powerful antioxidants.bell peppers also provide fiber that can help lower high cholesterol levels.Bell peppers appear to have a protective effect against cataracts, possibly due to their vitamin C and beta-carotene content.
Nutritional Benefits of SpinachOne cup of spinach has nearly 20% of the RDA of dietary fiber, which aids in digestion, prevents constipation, maintains low blood sugar, and curbs overeatinghe vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, manganese, zinc and selenium present in spinach all serve as powerful antioxidants that combat the onset of osteoporosis, atherosclerosis and high blood pressure.The high amount of vitamin A in spinach also promotes healthy skin



Ingredients
  1. Basmati/Jasmine/Long grain rice    2 cups(cooked rice)
  2. Spinach     1/2 bunch(roughly chopped)
  3. Capsicum/Bell Pepper     Red,Green,Yellow & Orange 1/4 each (striped)
  4. Garlic    3-4 no.s(finely chopped)
  5. Onion    1 medium (sliced)
  6. Spring onion -bulb    1/4 cup (sliced)
  7. Soy sauce    1 tbsp
  8. Green chilli sauce    1/2 tsbp
  9. White vinegar    1 tsp
  10. Sugar/Brown sugar    1/2 tsp
  11. Garam masala    1/2 tsp
  12. Cumin powder      1/2 tsp
  13. Red chilli flakes   1 tsp or to taste
  14. Pepper    to taste
  15. Cashew nuts    1 or 2 tbsp chopped
  16. Salt    to taste
  17. Oil     1 tbsp
  18. Sesame Oil    1/2 tsp(optional)

Method
  • Heat oil in a sauce pan, add cahew nuts fry till it turns light golden brown and add garlic, onions and spring onions fry for a minute. 
  • Then add capsicum/bell peppers and fry for 1-2 minutes (not more than that). 
  • After that add chopped spinach and give a mix...then add dry powders and stir well. 
  • Now add the sauces,vinegar,sugar and stir for a minute ans add the cooked rice. 
  • Gently toss them or stir well,add enough salt,red chili flakes and Mix everything well and stir fry the rice with the Capsicum-Spinach mixture for 1 minute. 
  • Lastly add pepper powder and some chopped spring onion greens and turn off the stove. 
  • Thats it...delicious spinach capsicum masala fried rice is now ready to serve.

Note:
I used 4 colors of capsicum..if u don't have multi colors,you can try with any one color also.
If u have dark soy sauce, add that it gives nice color to the rice.
Traditionally the Chinese Fried Rice are made with Long grain Rice or Jasmine Rice but i here i have used Basmati Rice.
Adding sesame oil is optional but it gives real n nice flavor when it combined with Chinese sauces.
This time i did not add green chili sauce as i made this for my kids n also those are mini sweet peppers., so u can also try this way for your kids.
Try this indo-chinese combo and let me know the result.



11 comments:

  1. Hi, delicious rice dish which truly tickles the palette..first time here and u have a lovely collection of recipes... great work:) Glad to follow u...
    Reva

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  2. Thats indeed a healthy fried rice, awesome color combination.

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  3. yummy and delicious rice recipe,Thank u for stopping my space and I glad to follow u!

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  4. Loved all the wonderful flavors going in the rice.Awesome.

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  5. Thanks for solving our problem in thinking "what to cook today":) ur effort simplifies our thot process.... superb work sangeetha!!!

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  6. Thank u dears...u all made my day :)
    @reva..welcome to my space...

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  7. I love fried rice and all the delicious flavours in there are making me hungry.

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  8. nice colors.. n prfect lunch box menu ..

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  9. Made this tonight and was a big hit in my household! Thanks..

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