Sambhar Fried Rice is an exceptional rice preparation giving a south Indian touch to the dish by adding sambar powder to spice the rice and veggies. It is extremely flavourful and makes you exuberant with its innovativeness of creating Chinese fried rice into an Indianised, simplified dish that fires out with impressive and distinctive taste.
sambhar biryani pulaoThe exact origin of making the fried rice is lost to history but is believed that it was invented sometime during the Sui dynasty (589 – 618 AD), in the city of Yangzhou in eastern Jiangsu province. Yangchow (Yangzhou) Fried Rice is still the standard by which all other Chinese fried rice dishes are judged: morsels of fluffy rice tossed with roast pork, prawns, scallions and peas.
In American-Chinese restaurants you’ll sometimes find it called “special fried rice.” Today, fried rice dishes are found throughout China and India, particularly in the south, where rice is the staple grain. Fried rice is a quintessential comfort food, fast to cook, can use of the left overs without any wastage and easy to carry to office or school. That’s why it has made a great wave in the fast food industry and you find varieties of fried rice available in the food stalls present at every corner of the street.
Generally an excellent fried rice calls for rice cooked a day before as it would get slightly dry and won’t be sticky. You could also give different variation for the fried rice by adding some meat pieces, vegetables or both mixed and make it as per your taste and choice. A major part in making the fried rice is adding the ingredients to your taste. Traditionally a Chinese variety of fried rice consists of cooked rice, beans, carrots, ajinomoto, green chilies, pepper, soya sauce and spring onions stir fried on a high flame until they are nicely blended and gives a nice aroma.
Spicy Sambhar Fried Rice
This is an extraordinary and innovative dish that we can incorporate in our meal to surprise our kids, family and friends. Unique in taste, aromatic and fast to prepare! This also makes a perfect dish for any evening when you are truly stressed of preparing a full meal and wish to get rid of the leftover vegetables or rice at home. A very simple rice preparation using the right ingredients can do wonders to the dish.
Sambar powder is a popular and basic ingredient used for preparing the sambar (lentil stew) in southern India. It is normally served eaten with rice, idli, vada, dosas etc. Sambar powder is generally made at home with some wonderful Indian spices and each house has their own signature recipe for the sambar powder and quantity used. One can never imagine of even thinking of a delicious sambar without the homemade sambar powder.
Sambar powder is very aromatic and flavourful. If prepared at home, then the roasted and ground spices burst out with fragrance lingering into the kitchen. It has a very rich aroma that can tickle your nose if smelt from near. There are always times when you actually want to cook something quick to save time or make a quick meal to your guest. This spicy sambar fried rice would make a classic creation which can astonish your family or guest with a bolt from the blue.
Various fried rice recipes One can make umpteen varieties of fried rice such as Fish fried rice, Curry Chicken fried rice, Street food Biryani fried rice, Curry leaf fried rice etc.
How to prepare Spicy Sambhar Fried Rice:
Boiled rice - 2 cups
Butter - 2 tbsp
Capsicum (green, yellow) - 1 tbsp
Coriander, finely chopped - 1 bunch
Curry leaves - 2 sprigs
Garlic, chopped - ½ tsp
Coconut, grated - 2 tbsp
Green chilli, chopped - 3 nos
Lime juice - 1 tbsp
Onion, chopped - 1 no
Peanut, crushed - 1 tbsp
Salt - to taste
Sambar powder - 1 ½ tbsp
Tomatoes, chopped - 2 nos
Take a bowl, add butter, chopped garlic, onion, green chillies, capsicum (green, yellow), crushed peanuts, tomatoes, coriander leaves, grated coconut (optional), salt, curry leaves, and sambar powder.
Mix the ingredients well and transfer into a pan. Stir fry well and cook for a minute until the vegetables get slightly soft but retain its crunchiness.
Add boiled rice and toss it and finally sprinkle little lime juice, chopped coriander and serve hot. Spicy Sambhar fried rice is simple rice prepared yet packed with flavours and rice compliments well with the crunchy vegetables and sambar powder.
Do try it yourself to believe and taste the uniqueness of the dish.