I am doing a lot of irrelevant talking I know, but I love this space and pour in my heart here. Can we fully do that? no we cannot... Coming back to food, My son hates plain rice unless it is served with chicken or mutton curry, he is totally averse to bony fish. If I can sacrifice my Bangaliana a bit and fry the rice with anything available in the kitchen and serve it with spice laden crispy or shallow fried fish, he will lap up the whole plate. For his happiness, anything. This red rice was prescribed by none other than my friend Ipsita, my health freak buddy, she said it has higher nutritious value. My doctor says it does not matter whether you are having red, brown or white rice, roti... chapati, what matters is the amount of intake. This red rice got favourite with me and my son, not so much with my senior who prefers long grained. As said my son loves fried rice in any form, be it an oriental one, peppery buttered one or biryani, I do not have any problem with that, only if they did not skip the salad and raita part.Such combo meals save a lot of time. This time I prepared a fried rice with this red rice and carrots, french beans and green peas, to accompany was succulent pieces of boneless fish, marinated in garam masala and lemon juice and fried till crisp. Ain't that a yum laden combo deal ? It definitely is, hence let us do this Fried Red Rice with Veggies and Pan Fried Masala Fish together.
INGREDIENTS : [for the fried rice]
Red Rice : 1big cup [should be ok for 4-6 heads]
French Bean : 1/2small cup [chopped]
Carrot : 1medium cup [chopped]
Green Pea : 1small cup
Onion : 1big [cubed]
Green Chilli : 2-3 [chopped]
Blackpepper : 1/2tsp
Salt : As Required
INGREDIENTS : [for the fried fish]
Any firm white fish fillet : 500gm [to feed 4 -5 heads]
Punjabi Garam Masala : 2-3tsp
Turmeric Powder : 1tsp
Red Chilli powder : 1tsp
Onion : 1 [finely chopped]
Green Chilli : 1 [finely chopped]
Lemon Juice : 2tbsp
Refined Flour : 1tbsp
Salt : As Required
Oil : 5-6tbsp to fry
Let us soak the rice in hot water for 2 hrs else for 4-5 hrs in normal one .
Drain and wash water and pressure cook adding 21/3 coffee mug water up to 2 whistles. Switch off gas and let cool. We prefer it little sticky.
Heat butter in a wok. Add the cubed onions and saute for a minute. Add the chopped green chillies, carrots and stir in high heat for a minute, add the green peas and stir for another minute. Add black pepper powder and salt. Stir and add the rice, mix well and stir fry for 2-3 minutes. Its done.
Wash and marinate the fish fillets with salt and lemon juice for an hour. Drain the marinade. Take the garam masala, salt, red chilli powder, refined flour, finely chopped onion and green chilli in a bowl and mix well. Coat the fish fillets with it.
Heat oil in a pan, fry the fish pieces well at low heat. Drain excess oil and turn on to a serving plate.
Serve hot with the fried rice made with red rice and assorted vegetables accompanied by a salad.