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May 5, 2010

How to make Vegetable fried rice - rice recipes--Indi chinese recipes

       Indo chinese cuisine is so popular nowadays. I am no less and am fond of this cuisine too. I just love manchurian, noodles and fried rice among them. A common topic which arises when we discuss about this cuisine is about the use of mono sodium glutamate commonly known as ajinomoto. This crystalline salt is believed to enhance the taste of the indo chinese food. But recently , we have been hearing a lot of controversies regarding the use of this flavour enhancer. I just googled to find the reason and found some mixed opinions. Regarding the side effects,  it is believed to cause headache, dizziness and nausea in some people and is also not suitable for asthamatics. I also read about it causing brain damage and is one of the reasons of autism. While there is another class of people who say that it is an essential ingredient in the chinese cuisine and does give an authentic taste to food. It imparts a mild sweetness to the food , but people recommend using a little sugar in lieu of this ingredient. Mild amounts of this salt does not cause harm and glutamate is essential, some people say.
            But I personally stopped using ajinomoto a couple of years back. I dont find much difference in the taste. But its one's personal decision whether they want to include it in their diet or not as some may opine that we dont make or eat this everyday after all!!!
Do state in your comments what do you feel about the use of MSG?

veg fried rice

 Ingredients
Rice- 1 cup
Spring onion- a big bunch chopped fine
Garlic- 2 cloves crushed
Cabbage-1 cup shredded
Carrot- 1 (cut into thin long bits)
French beans- 12-15 beans cut int long pieces
Capsicum- 1 cut in long pieces(I did not use)
Dark soya sauce- 1tbsp
Salt to taste
Pepper- 1tsp
Oil- 1/2tbsp
Method-
  Cook the rice taking care that the grains are seperate.
Heat oil in a pan. Add the chopped spring onions along with garlic. Saute for a minute. Then add the chopped cabbage along with carrots,beans, peas and capsicum if using. When the vegetables get soft and cooked(yet crispy), add the soya sauce along with salt and pepper.(Be careful while adding salt, soya sauce contains salt too). Remove from flame. Spread the cooked hot rice on a plate. Now add the cooked vegetables on the rice and mix carefully.
   Serve hot.

24 comments:

Kiran said...

Vegetable rice looks delicious.
When it comes to MSG I prefer not to use it.

Happy Cook said...

I hav enot used them for many many years. I too don't think there is a taste diffference.
Love fried rice and this looks so so yummy.

Preeti Kashyap said...

My favorite indo-chinese dish ever! looks yummm! About MSG, it use it to the minimum and rarely as 10 different people say 10 different things. But my personal experience is that it dehydrates you and you end up gulping glasses of water.

Hari Chandana said...

dats yummyyy... looks perfect in u click dear.. thanks for sharing!!

Shama Nagarajan said...

delicious rice..yummy

Harini said...

hey I am also of the opinion that MSG is not good for health and we have stopped eating foods with MSG (2 yrs back)upon the advice of our family physician here as that was a trigger for my husband's migrane! And he stressed that kids shld stay away from MSG 'at all costs'..I would rather err on the safe side..

Laavanya said...

I usually stir fry the rice with the veggies for a few mins so this is different. I don't use aginomoto as well...

Pari said...

Dear Sowmya, I personally like the taste of MSG and can make out the difference in taste when it's added. But I too have stopped using it for all the health problems it does create. The original chinese recipe asks for use of sesame or peanut oil which adds in great flavor, so have use the latter option these days. Btw the rice is my favorite too and looks great.

Usha said...

Fried rice looks yum Sowmya ! Regarding MSG, I have heard a lot of bad things about it too, so I have never used it in my cooking...

DEESHA said...

i love fried rice anytime .. looks good

simply.food said...

A beautiful bowl of fried rice.Looks yummy and delicious.

Priya said...

My all time favourite, delicious dish..

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

rice looks great...
and yes I too stay away from the msg - why take chances...

RAKS KITCHEN said...

I too am skeptical in using ajinomoto in indo chinese recipe,i skip that part,but still i too find no difference in taste , nice recipe i havent tried adding garlic,will try that too!

Preety said...

fried rice looks so good..beautiful click too

Rachana Kothari said...

The rice makes me hungry Sowmya...looks really tempting.
I dont use MSG at all...

Aparna Vijay said...

Yummy fried rice..

notyet100 said...

vegetable fried rice looks delicious perfect with ur gobhi manchurian which i have tried.,..regarding msg even i dont use it,.and i dont find any difference in taste,.:-)

Apu said...

Looks delicious!!

Sukanya said...

Yum Yum....a bowl of fried rice anytime for me.....

Cham said...

As far I know, there is no use of msg here. I never used it! Fried rice with manch is always welcome!

Valarmathi said...

Yummy fried rice, looks delicious.

Suma Rajesh said...

looks delicious dear..

Sharmilee! :) said...

Luv fried rice...have this same bowl :)

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