However I am talking about a situation where one has to pack a lunch box or make a quick dinner, it should be done in short 20 to 30 mins max. These recipes are suited for that and catered in having in mind that the dish needs to be main course or even if its a gravy, how best to plan the rotis as well.
I pack school lunch for my kids. While Konda eats anything I pack for her, it needs to be specific lunch for the boys as they are still fussy about what they eat. I keep varying between rice and roti. The rice that gets packed is either fried rice or pulao/biryani types. Most of which gets nicely parsed and packed.
While a Fried Rice is simple, this version of Fried Rice is really quick, as quick as it takes just about 10 to 15 mins to get done, if you have cooked rice on hand. So the days I plan this meal is mostly when I have excess rice the previous night. You can’t make this rice with just cooked rice, the rice needs to be firm.
So leftover rice works best for this simple and easy rice.
We are starting yet another new Edition and it is going to be BM#62. I will be doing Quick Dishes. It can be a rice or a roti or anything else too, only you got to manage it all under 30 mins. A meal is what I am talking about. How you manage is your wish, like you can manage with pre cooked rotis, leftover rice or dosas or a casserole etc.
There are certain essential things that are always stocked to help dishes like this to happen quickly
For day 1, I have a Quick Fried Rice that often gets packed for my boy’s lunch box.
Quick Fried Rice
Cooked Rice – 1 cup
Onion, julienne – 1/4
Carrot, finely diced – 2 to 3 tbsp
Beans – 2 to 3 tbsp
Pepper powder to taste
Salt to taste
Green Chili paste – 1/2 tsp (store bought is also fine)
Soya Sauce – 1/4 tsp
Green chilies – 1 long
Oil – 2 tsp
How to make Fried Rice
If you are using the rice straight out of fridge, MW for a minute before cooking. Fluff the rice well.
Have all the vegetables chopped and ready.
Heat a non stick pan with oil. On high flame, quickly suate the onions, then add the carrots and beans. Saute well. Add salt and pepper. If using homemade green chili paste, add now. Else add the store bought chili sauce after adding the rice.
Add the rice and mix well. Now drizzle the soya sauce, and green chili sauce. combine everything and adjust for seasoning.
Switch off the flame.