Thursday, August 25, 2011

Garlic Basil Vegetable Fried Rice - Thai Style

I believe my readers would very well know that I am a big fan of Thai Food. After the Thai Red Curry and Thai Green Curry, my next attempt is this Garlic and Basil Fried Rice. This is another favorite recipe in Thai cuisine - Kapow Jae meaning Thai basil with vegetables. I looovvvee Basil. The beautiful fragnance of Basil is simply divine. No wonder the holy basil or Tulsi is an offering made to Hindu gods. 


Ingredients:
Rice - 2 cups
Garlic cloves - 6 or 8 - minced
Basil leaves - 1/2 cup - tightly packed - thinly sliced
Dry Red chillies - 5 or Red pepper flakes - 1 1/2 tsp
Extra Firm Tofu - 1 block - pressed and cubed
Carrots - 2 - julienned
Red bell pepper - 1/2 - julienned
Green bell pepper - 1/2 - julienned
Soy sauce - 1/4 cup (I used Low-sodium variety)
Light brown sugar - 1/2 tsp
Sesame oil / Canola oil - 2 tbsp
Method:
Wash and soak the rice in water for 30 mins. Cook the rice with 4 cups of water, 1/2 tsp of salt and a drizzle of oil. When done, fluff it with a fork spread it on a baking sheet and allow it to cool. Saute the cubed tofu in a tsp of oil until light brown on all sides. In a wide pan, add the oil and garlic and heat in a medium flame. When it starts getting hot add the carrots, bell peppers and increase the heat to med-high. Saute well for 3 to 4 mins and add the basil leaves and red chilli flakes. Add the soy sauce, sugar and salt. Mix well and reduce the heat to medium. Add the cooked cooled rice, tofu and toss gently to mix well. Serve hot.
Note: You can add any vegetables of your choice. Take care while sauteing the garlic as it tends to burn very quickly.
Sending this Garlic Basil Fried rice to Herbs & Flowers - Garlic event by PJ and to Rice Recipes Event.


41 comments:

  1. Delicious garlic flavored rice....Nice clicks..

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  2. That sounds like a fantastic light meal to enjoy in this horible heat. And when you add all that garlic and basil .. it becomes my fav
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  3. Wow...delicious n flavorful rice...nice addition of basil to fried rice ... Liked it

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  4. This really enlighten me as this is my lunch time and looks fab..

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  5. Aromatic garlic basil rice looks fabulous.

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  6. Love that flavor of basil in everything, this fried rice looks super delicious :)

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  7. Looks absolutely perfect and delicious.. lovely pictures too :)

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  8. Yummy looking garlic flavored rice. Looks excellent.

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  9. My God,it's totally yummy with the flavours and richness.The basil flavour is bursting to energize..Loved and loved it !

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  10. Delicious n so yummy.. the basil flavor is such an wonderful addition which i love..

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  11. Colorful healthy fried rice...

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  12. Wow Yummy.... Thai food is one of my favorites...

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  13. Lots of flavor .. yummy Krithi. Thx for linking to the event.

    Vardhini

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  14. Wat a delicious and inviting fried rice,full of flavours...yumm..

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  15. never tasted this variety of fried rice bookmarked..

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  16. My most favourite thai food..Luv those basils and fresh vegetables

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  17. that looks absolutely delicious...lovely clicks

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  18. this looks so healthy and delicious:)

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  19. The fried rice and its beautiful colours look absolutely stunning!! I am bookmarking this! :)

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  20. Lovely one pot meal:-)Loved the flavors

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  21. Hey Krithi...Rice looks awesome... I've tagged u in Play The 7 Links Challenge! because it's great having u as a blogger friend! Chk it out now :)

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  22. look so colourful and great flavours!

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  23. Beautiful, complete and flavorful meals...makes me hungry

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  24. lovely fried rice, well presented..!! Thanx a lot for trying out my strawberry cookies and very happy that u liked them. More happy that u stopped by to let me know..thanx dear!!

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  25. hi krithi, saw you at networkedblogs.. this looks like a very delicious flavorful vegetable fried rice. would like to try this out...'i love basil too especially in spaghetti sauce.
    glad i blog walk to your site.. hi, i am Wan, from malaysia, do visit my blog , would love to read a comment from you too. have a nice day

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  26. Very flavourful...rice..
    well presented....

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  27. This one looks so easy to cook and mouth-watering...delicious!

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  28. Yum!! Looks absolutely yummy. Cant wait to try. Have bookmarked this recipe! :)

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  29. Fried rice looks simply inviting.

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  30. Lovely lookg Fried rice..simply mouth watering..

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  31. Looks colorful and super delicious.. thanks for the lovely recipe. Yummy :)
    Indian Cuisine

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  32. The "Jae" in "Kapow Jae" actually means "vegetarian" :)
    Looks perfect, reminded me of back home!
    [I'm from Thailand :D]

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