Recipe courtesy of The Optimist

Basmati "Fried Rice"

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 9 hr (includes soaking, cooling and chilling times)
  • Active: 35 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
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Ingredients

1 cup basmati rice

Salt 

1 bay leaf 

2 tablespoons butter 

3/4 cup chopped tomatoes 

1 tablespoon curry powder 

1 tablespoon minced ginger

1 teaspoon chopped bird's-eye chiles

4 cloves garlic, minced 

2 shallots, minced 

1 cup chunked or flaked smoked white fish (such as cod or haddock)

1 tablespoon olive oil 

2 eggs, lightly beaten 

Freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup chopped fresh basil

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1/2 cup chopped fresh mint

1/2 cup chopped scallions

1/4 cup chopped peanuts 

Directions

  1. Very important--wash the rice! This will produce rice that isn't sticky and is better for the fried rice application. Put the rice in a large bowl and fill with fresh room-temperature water. Swirl your hand through the water and the rice; the water will go cloudy. Once you've swirled your hand around for a minute or so, pour off the water, taking care not to lose any rice. Repeat this washing process until the water runs clear. Usually, this takes three or four changes of water. Fill up the bowl one more time and let the rice soak for a few minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, fill a medium saucepan with 1 3/4 cups water, add a heavy pinch of salt and the bay leaf and bring to a boil. Drain the rice, add it to the pan, stir and wait until the water comes back to a full boil. Turn the heat down as low as it can go, and then cover and cook for 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the rice sit for 5 minutes. Take the rice out, spread it out on a pan and refrigerate immediately to cool it down. Refrigerate overnight.
  3. In a large saute pan, heat the butter until melted. Add the tomatoes, curry powder, ginger, chiles, garlic and shallots and cook. Add the smoked fish and cooked rice, spreading the rice evenly over the entire pan to toast it. When the rice is brown on the bottom, create a hole in the center of it. Add the olive oil to the hole and then pour in the eggs. Cook the eggs lightly. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add the basil, cilantro, mint and scallions to the pan and remove from the heat. Mix together and serve immediately, topped with the chopped peanuts.

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