This is a staple dish in our house. I just love rice. If I had to choose between pasta, potatoes and rice…. rice it would be. Although this recipe is for egg fried rice, you would use the same recipe to make ordinary rice, just leave out the egg and peas.
I usually make egg fried rice as a side dish but it’s also a great recipe to know for a quick simple dinner too. It’s a balanced meal in 15 minutes.
This is not strictly egg fried rice, it’s more like rice with fried egg in it but I prefer it this way because then the rice stays soft and fluffy.
It was my dad who taught me how to cook rice using the absorption method i.e. you end up with no water left in the pan…. just lovely cooked rice. He used to go all out putting a damp tea-towel over to the top of the pan to help it to steam…. I don’t. This is a very simple method using a very simple pan.
Rice can go horribly wrong but it won’t as long as you use the right rice. Cheap rice = broken kernels = stodge. Good rice is a bit more expensive but it’s worth the extra money to avoid having to wash the rice a hundred times to remove all the excess starch and still ending up with your rice all stuck together. To get fluffy separated grains of rice, you need to use good rice, it’s as simple as that. Tilda is a good make, Amira is another.
What you need:
300ml basmati rice
600ml boiling water
a handful of frozen peas (&/or sweetcorn)
What to do:
Coat the bottom of a large pan (with a lid) with oil
Measure out the rice
Add it to the pan and stir to coat in the oil
Measure out the water
And add it to the pan
Bring the water to the boil, then turn down the heat to the lowest setting, put on the lid (if your lid doesn’t have a steam hole in it – put it three quarters over and leave a gap for the steam to escape and simmer for 15 minutes.
Then add a few knobs of butter
While that cooks:
Heat a knob of butter in non stick frying pan until melted
Mix the eggs and milk together in a bowl until combined
and pour into the pan.
Let it cook for a minute and then start pulling the egg in from the edges to the centre
until it’s all set. It should take about 2 minutes in all.
Microwave the peas and sweetcorn for 3 minutes
and add to the pan.
Stir to combine and serve.
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