Rice – 2 cups uncooked (or use 4 cups of cooked leftover rice)
Mixed Vegetables – 1 cup (You can use any vegetables that you have on hand like onion, carrot, french beans, water chestnuts, green peas, cabbage, capsicum, mushrooms, celery, leeks, corn, baby corn etc. The list is endless.)
Meat – 1 cup (I usually use boneless skinless chicken breast cut into thin strips. You can also use turkey, pork, shrimp or a mix of different meat)
Eggs – 2 or 3
Garlic – 1 tbsp (minced)
Ginger – 1 tbsp (minced)
Scallions (Spring Onion) – 1 bunch (6-8 stems)
Soya Sauce – 2 tbsp
Salt – to taste
Freshly Ground Black Pepper – 1 tbsp
Sesame Oil – 2 tbsp (or use Olive Oil)
use ¼ tsp of Ajinomoto – If you are not comfortable using this, just skip it.
. Chop all the vegetables in uniform size and keep it ready. You can either dice it or julienne it. Similarly, chop the meat into uniform sized cubes or strips.
. Fried rice can be made with leftover rice taken straight from the refrigerator for best results. If you do not have left over rice, cook 2 cups of rice with 1 ¾ cups of water and spread it on a tray to cool down. If the rice is hot, it will start breaking while stir frying. You can use basmati rice or any regular rice to make this.
. Break open the eggs in a small bowl. Heat little oil in a wok/kadai/pan and add the eggs. When it begins to get fried, stir-fry with a spoon to scramble it. Remove it and keep it aside.
. Take the diced chicken (or any other meat that you are using) and season with some salt and pepper. Heat little more oil in the same wok and add the meat. Stir fry over medium high heat will the meat is cooked through. Remove and keep it aside. If not, move it to the sides of the pan and make a space in the center.
. Put few more drops of oil in the space created and add the mince garlic and ginger. Stir-fry for a minute. Now add the vegetables and cook for couple of minutes. Usually, I like to add vegetables like beans and carrot first. After a minute, I add the other vegetables and stir-fry for another minute or two.
. Add the soy sauce, salt and the chicken cubes (or ajinomoto). Stir-fry the vegetables and the meat together for another minute. If you use dark soy sauce, it gives a deeper color whereas if you use the light soy sauce, it yields a lighter color. I have used dark soy here.
. Add the cooked and cooled rice. Stir-fry everything together till the sauce coats the rice, the vegetables and the meat are uniformly distributed.
. Finally top with the chopped spring onions and scrambled egg. Serve hot immediately.