Sunday, January 16, 2011

Pineapple fried rice

This one is for my sister who is as passionate about food as me and loves Thai food just as much as I do. This is my version of pineapple fried rice.

4 cups of cooked rice ( a day old is better)
2 shallots or one medium onion chopped finely
4 large cloves of garlic (minced)
4-5 green onions (whites and greens chopped separately)
7-8 sweet peppers sliced
1 cup frozen or boiled carrots and peas
1 cup tofu cubed
1 cup or more of pineapple chunks
2 tsp curry powder
1tsp turmeric
1tsp white pepper (black is fine too)
Crushed red chilli flakes
cilantro chopped for garnish
Cashews a few (toasted)
Dried cranberries or raisins ( I like the tartness in the cranberries)
1tbsp chilli oil
Juice of a lemon
Peanut oil for cooking

First prepare the tofu. Heat a few drops of oil in a non stick pan and add the cubed tofu. Cook for a while till it starts browning. Season with salt, pepper, turmeric and curry powder. Keep aside.
Take some oil in the same pan and add the chopped shallots. Cook till the edges start becoming brown. Now add the garlic and the whites of green onion, stir till the raw smell of garlic goes and add the peppers, curry powder, turmeric powder, crushed chilli flakes. Now add the cooked rice, carrot, peas, onion greens salt and pepper. Mix well. Add the chilli oil and the prepared tofu. .Taste for seasonings. Finally top with the toasted cashews, cranberries, cilantro and the lemon juice.

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