‘Bengali style Veg Fried Rice’ is a mildly sweeter version of Fried Rice which is an absolute delight for a vegetarian meal. Though traditionally this fried rice served with non-veg curries in a Bengali family.
It was a very common food on all kind of celebration back home. My Mom used to cook this for Birthdays, Anniversaries and so on. Nevertheless to say it’s a very much loved dish within my family; so I’m sharing my Mom’s version here which I’ve grown up eating. Tried and tasted umpteen times it’s a no fail recipe.
Ghee Rice/Bengali style Veg Fried Rice
- Basmati rice- 2 cups
- Green cardamom-6 (slightly crushed)
- Cinnamon- Five 1″ pieces
- Cloves- 6 (slightly crushed)
- Mace powder- ¼ tsp
- French beans- 10-12 (cut into halves lengthwise, then cut each half into 1 ” pieces)
- Carrot- 1 medium sized (julienned)
- Capsicum- 1 (julienned)
- Green onion- 1 (roughly chopped)
- Peas- 1/4 cup
- Cauliflower- 1 small sized
- Raisins- 1 handful
- Cashew nuts- 1 handful (slice the nuts lengthwise)
- Ghee/Clarified butter- 5 tbsp
- Sugar- 5 tsp (adjust according to your taste)
- Garam masala powder- 1/2 tsp
Cut cauliflower into small florets. In a pan add water and cauliflower florets, give this a quick boil on high flame. No need to completely boil them just one quick boil is enough. Remove from heat. Drain and keep aside. Heat 1 tsp vegetable oil in a deep frying pan. Fry the florets with little salt until golden brown in color on medium flame. Keep aside.
Wash rice well and keep aside. Boil julienned carrots, beans and peas together with little salt until tender. Drain and keep aside. Boil the rice with enough water in a large deep bottomed pan. Remove and drain when the rice is 90% done. Keep the rice uncovered. Now in a non-stick deep bottomed pan or deep frying pan/kadai add the boiled rice, salt, sugar, whole spices (green cardamom, cinnamon and cloves), garam masala powder, mace powder, boiled vegetables, green onion, julienned capsicum, cauliflower florets, raisins, cashew nuts and ghee. Mix well. Put it on low flame with lid on for 10-12 minutes. Stir 2/3 times gently in between.
Your ‘Ghee Rice’ is ready. Remove from heat. Keep it covered after the cooking to get the nice aroma when you are going to have it. Serve hot. Enjoy!
This fried rice pairs well with any Indian style Chicken/Paneer or Mutton dishes.
While mixing stir the rice gently, otherwise the rice grains will become broken.