Saturday, February 19, 2011

Fish fried rice with veggies

fish fried rice
kids friendly rice

 Preparation time : 30 minutes
 (including preparing the fish and coconut coriander paste)
Cooking time : 10 minutes
Serves : 4-5

Ingredients :
  • 1 lb. tilapia, cut into 1 " cubes
  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • whole garam masala (1 cinnamon stick, 1 star anise, 2 cloves, 1 black cardamom)
  • 1 medium sized onion, chopped
  • 2 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 cup Carrot, 1/4  cup peas, boiled (I have used carrot and peas, you can use any veggies of your choice)
  • 1 tsp black pepper powder
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder
  • 2 green chilies, slit
  • a bunch of coriander leaves( almost a handful)
  • 1/2 cup grated coconut
  • 1 tsp Salt 
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tsp oil
  • Water, as required

Preparation :
  • Wash the fish thoroughly and cut into 1" cubes. Wash the basmati rice properly and keep aside.
  • Heat 1 tbsp butter  in a non stick deep skillet, fry the whole garam masala, add rice and fry again for a minute . Add water , 1/2 tsp salt and cook rice till its fully cooked. 
  • Fill a steamer pan to the required level with water . To the water add black pepper powder, 1 tbsp lemon juice , 1 tsp ginger and garlic paste and  3/4 tsp  salt . Bring the steamer pan to a boil. Lower the heat to medium. Next place the pieces of fish in the steamer basket and lower the basket into the steamer. Cover and steam till the fish turns opaque , do not overcook. Remove and allow the fish to cool.If you do not have a steamer basket, do this whole process in a normal pan, but make sure NOT to add  large amount of water since it doesn't take much time to get the fish cooked. 
  • In the meantime, add the coriander leaves, 2 green chilies, 1 tsp ginger garlic paste, grated coconut in a blender and make it to a thick paste adding 1 tbsp water. 
  • Boil the peas, do not overcook, should retain its green color.
  • In a non stick deep skillet, heat 1 tsp oil, add onion and fry till translucent, add the  garam masala powder ,then add carrots and boiled peas ,cook for a minute, Add the prepared fish. (Need not to cook the fish again ).
  • At the end add the cooked rice, the coconut paste , mix it thoroughly with the veggies and fish. Add  1 tbsp lemon juice, cover and cook on low flame for not more than 2 -3 minutes until all  the flavors blend in.  
  • Serve hot with any side dish of your choice.

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