I tend to add a lot of garlic in this version but you may omit it or use as per your choice. Also, I roast the vegetables in sesame oil which kind of gives the very fragrant taste to this whole dish, but you may use either a combination of any refined oil you use plus half of this sesame oil. Its not mandatory, but it just brings out the distinctive flavors well
- Soak rice for an hour, wash 3-4 times and drain all the water. Keep aside
- Heat olive oil in a pan, add roughly chopped ( or minced ) garlic pods and fry for a min
- Add rice and roast on medium flame for like a min. Add water to it and cook it the usual way either in a pan, microwave or pressure cooker. The texture should be grainy and fluffy, keep it aside for some time and do not cover full so the steam would be all out.
- Heat sesame oil in a pan, add green chilies and spring onions and fry for half a minute. Add all the vegetables and stir fry them for 4-5 minutes. The smaller the vegetables the less time they will take to get cooked, hence keep the size tiny or just shred them like I did
- Once the veggies are cooked enough as per your taste, add spices and give a quick shake to mix everything.
- Beat the eggs lightly in a bowl, and drop in the pan. Keep stirring on low-medium flame till eggs turn solid and get mixed up properly with the veggies. This may take about 8-10 minutes
- Add cooked rice to it and gently fold everything together. Keep the flame on medium and stir till there is no water remaining in the pan, for about 5-7 minutes.
- Turn off, garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve immediately
My Notes and tips:
- Rice kept at room temperature works best for this recipe, so you may plan the dish in advance. I usually prepare rice 1-2 hours before serving and then quickly stir-fry the vegetables and egg to assemble together with rice, then serve fresh and hot
- Egg fried rice tastes best when eaten fresh and hot, if you want to reheat it do it in a pan and not in microwave since eggs will release the water and it will taste all weird then.
- Increase or decrease the quantity of eggs as per your preference, 3 eggs work just fine for me.
- I keep the red chili flakes quantity less in it, so to relish the taste of garlic and vegetables more. You may add red chili powder as well, if this is too bland for your taste
- If you are using onion, do add with vegetables and stir fry as usual
- Other vegetables that can be used in this recipe are – Mint leaves, capsicums, broccoli, cauliflower florets, shredded cabbage, sweet corn. Just remember not to over do the quantity so that the taste of eggs remain prominent.