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Red Pepper & Celery Fried rice….

There was some rice leftover from last night.. & the chole that I made for dinner was wiped clean for dinner.. What do I cook for lunch & how do I use up the leftover rice was a huge Question…!! I was in no mood to make Dal or sambar to finish the rice.. I felt like eating something exotic & oriental. Had a look in my pantry & found some red peppers & a bunch of celery… the idea of some fried rice struck me at lightening speed.. 😀 & there this recipe came into existence..

A few weeks back when I had visited the grocery store I had picked up some dried Thai Basil, so been thinking of ways to use it… & this was the perfect way to use some of it.

Red Pepper & Celery Fried rice..
The celery adds a lovely flavour & fragrance to the fried rice… & some finely chopped coriander adds some lovely green colour to the already colourful rice.

Red Pepper & Celery Fried rice..

The best bit to this is that it you can use leftover rice & a very tasty way of using some leftover rice…

Ingredients: (Serves 2)                 Preparation Time: 10 mins
Celery – 1 long stick, finely chopped
Onion – 1 medium-sized, finely chopped
Red bell pepper – 1, medium-sized, chopped into small cubes
Green Chilli – 2, finely chopped
Dark Soy Sauce – 1 tbsp
Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, finely chopped
Garlic – 2 cloves, finely chopped
Cooked rice/Leftover rice – 3 cups
Thai Basil – 1 tsp, I used the dried version, use fresh if you can find some…
Fresh coriander – 2-3 sprigs, finely chopped
Olive oil – 1 tbsp, use toasted sesame oil if you wish to
Salt to taste

Heat oil in a deep bottom fried pan, set heat to medium. Add green chilli’s once the oil is hot. Once the green chilli’s begin to change colour, then add the chopped garlic & ginger. Sauté them for a couple of minutes. Next add the chopped celery & fry till it changes colour. Now add the Soy sauce, mix. Next add the chopped red bell pepper. Add the Thai Basil & some salt to taste.

Sauté the peppers for a minute (I like the peppers crispy, so I don’t cook them much. Go ahead & cook the peppers more if you wish to.) Add the cooked/leftover rice, lower heat & mix well till every grain of rice gets coated with the sauce prepared.. Increase the heat to medium & then fry the rice till the rice gets heated up.. Turn off the heat.

Garnish with some finely chopped coriander leaves.

Serving Suggestions:
Serve hot.

Red Pepper & Celery Fried rice..

It tastes good as is, you can make some oriental curry as an accompaniment.

If you like this recipe, then you may also like – Burnt Garlic Chilli Fried Rice with ChickenCreamy Mushroom RiceMix Veg Couscous Biryani… Episode where the love for Biryani took over the love for Couscous…My kind of Mix-Veg Thai Yellow Curry with Prawns etc.

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