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Indo-Chinese Recipes: How to Make Szechuan Fried Rice

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A big bowl of Szechuan fried rice.

A big bowl of Szechuan fried rice.

Szechuan Fried Rice

Szechuan fried rice is a spicy, Indo-Chinese rice dish. It is similar to Chinese fried rice; the only major difference is that Szechuan sauce is used to make Szechuan fried rice.

It is a perfect dish for those who like to eat spicier food. It is not only delicious, but also very easy to make, provided you have cooked rice and Szechuan sauce at home.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

30 min

10 min

40 min

Serves four people

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked rice
  • 1 1/2 cups mixed vegetables (carrot, cabbage, capsicum, peas, French beans, etc.)
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup onion or spring onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Szechuan sauce, as per taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper powder
  • 2 tablespoons oil (I used more oil because I did not use oil for the sauce)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, as per taste

Instructions

  1. Wash 1 1/2 cups rice in water, then soak in clean water for 15 minutes. Cook the soaked rice with 3 cups of water in a pressure cooker till 2 whistles. Turn off the fire. Remove the cooker lid once the pressure comes down naturally. Fluff the rice with a fork, then spread it on a plate for cooling.
  2. Finely chop all the vegetables, such as 1/2 cup cabbage, 1/2 cup capsicum, 1/4 cup carrot, and 1/4 cup French beans. You can add or remove one or two vegetables according to availability and your choice.
  3. Get out the Szechuan sauce, either homemade or store-bought. I made the sauce for one-time use. You can see my recipe for this instant Szechuan sauce below.
  4. Heat oil in a thick-bottomed kadhai or wok. Throw in finely chopped garlic. Saute till it turns golden. Add finely chopped spring onion or onion. Saute for 30 seconds.
  5. Add all chopped veggies and a fistful of fresh/frozen peas. Increase the fire to high and stir-fry for 4 minutes or till the veggies are cooked and still crunchy.
  6. Add Szechuan sauce, pepper powder, and salt. Mix well. Cook for 1 minute.
  7. Pour in the cooked rice. Stir-fry and toss the contents for 2 to 3 minutes or till each grain of rice is nicely coated with the sauce and vegetables. Now, check the taste. You can add more sauce or salt if needed.
  8. This Szechuan fried rice is ready to serve. Transfer it to a serving bowl. Serve hot with a dry or gravy Manchurian. Enjoy the taste!

How to Make Instant Szechuan Sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 Kashmiri dry red chilies (not hot)
  • 2 to 3 hot red chilies
  • water
  • 1 teaspoon chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons chopped tomato
  • 1/4 teaspoon chopped ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice or vinegar
  • pinch of pepper powder
  • less than 1/4 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon oil

Instructions

  1. Soak 2 Kashmiri dry red chilies with 2 to 3 hot-variety red chilies in water for 15 minutes. Take out the chilies.
  2. Grind the chilies with 1 teaspoon chopped onion, 2 garlic cloves, 2 tablespoons chopped tomato, 1/4 teaspoon chopped ginger, 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice or vinegar, 1 pinch of pepper powder, less than 1/4 teaspoon soy sauce, 1/4 teaspoon sugar, and 1 teaspoon salt.
  3. Stir-fry this paste in 1 tablespoon oil till the paste leaves oil on the sides. I did not fry it as a sauce but fried it while making the Szechuan fried rice, as I did both of them together.

Tips and Notes

  • Cook the rice al dente. Each rice grain should be separated after cooking.
  • Be careful while adding salt, as the sauce also contains salt.
  • If you want to store the Szechuan sauce, you must stir-fry the raw sauce in oil till it leaves oil on the sides. If you're making the sauce for a one-time use, then you can directly stir-fry the sauce along with the vegetables as you're making the fried rice—but you can't store the sauce that way.
  • Using spring onions instead of onions imparts a better taste and color to the fried rice.

Comments

Ashi on March 31, 2017:

@Shaila,

Yeah sure I will do that.

Your articles making me to do that.

I am really impress with your speed and your quality of work. You are doing very well I must say that.

ShailaSheshadri (author) from Bengaluru on March 31, 2017:

As usual, nice comment! thanks for stopping by my article. Try doing this recipe!

Ashi on March 31, 2017:

@Shaila,

Again an excellent piece of work.

I loved fried rice. It's my favorite dish.

I tried this before but not as you mentioned here but I will certainly give a try this way.