Many of the occasions, we are left with some extra rice, post lunch or dinner. One of the best ways to utilise this left-over rice is to prepare some fried rice with added vegetables, eggs, chicken etc., whatever you like. This also serves the purpose of a perfect tiffin menu. Mexican fried rice, as described here, is almost similar to our very know Chinese fried rice, we usually prepare and are pretty fond of. Only the difference is that, it is spicier and much flavourful due to the ample use of tomato & chilli sauces and dried herbs. Also the presentation of egg, atop the rice gives it a unique look compared to common fried rice dishes. Obviously one can use a freshly prepared rice, which I did, for this recipe and omitting egg will make the dish completely vegetarian.
Ingredients to serve 2 :
- Rice – 1 cup
- Thinly sliced carrot – ½ cup
- Finely chopped green bin – ½ cup
- Fresh green peas – ½ cup
- Chopped bell pepper (green/red/yellow) – ½
- Finely chopped onion – 2 (medium)
- Chopped garlic – 4-5 cloves
- Egg – 1
- Tomato sauce – 1 tbspoon
- Red chilli sauce – 1 tbspoon
- Dried oregano – 1 teaspoon
- Salt to taste
- Sunflower oil – 3-4 tbspoon
Rinse the rice with water a few times. Cook it with sufficient amount of water. After draining the water from cooked rice spread it over a large plate and let it dry.
Mean while heat 3 tbspoon of oil in a large wok over medium-high flame.
Add chopped garlic and saute till it changes colour.
Add onion and cook till it turns translucent.
Add carrot and green beans, fry till they get cooked.
Add bell pepper, green peas and cook for another couple of minutes.
Add tomato and chili sauce and mix well.
Add cooked rice, salt and oregano.
Mix all the ingredients very well and fry for another couple of minutes.
Transfer the fried rice to a serving plate.
Heat 1 tbspoon of oil in another pan. Break and put the egg on hot oil, sprinkle over some salt and fry till it gets cooked.
Transfer the egg on the top of the rice and serve hot.
- You can skip the green vegetables to give the dish completely red in colour. Also use only red bell pepper instead of green one.