Courtesy of new blogger Victoria Taiwo from Twenty/20
Vegetable Fried Rice
1kg bag of sainsburys basic long grain rice = 45p
Use the leftovers of the mushrooms (£1) and 1 sweet pepper (pack of 6 = 80p – £1) bought for the previous noodle recipes
1L Sunflower oil = £1.50
1kg Sainsbury’s onions 80p
Sainsbury’s Dark Soy Sauce = 95p
Total cost: £5.70
but you’ll have plenty of left over ingredients to use for multiple other broke meal recipes! If you live near a Lidl or Aldi then this should, hopefully, cost a little less.
1. Wash 30-40g of dried rice until water is clear. Level off the rice in the pot and then add enough water till it covers the rice by about 1inch. Cook on high heat until the water boils, then turn down to simmer until all water is absorbed. Rice is now cooked, remove from heat.
2. Put 1 tbsp of sunflower oil into a pan (preferably a wok or deep frying pan. If you don’t have these than an ordinary non-stick pan will do. If you’re too broke to have a non-stick pan then a normal stainless steel pan is fine, just keep an eye on the heat. If you don’t have a normal stainless steel pan, why are you cooking? Get out the kitchen and go find a friend to lend you one. If you can’t do this then may the Lord help and provide for you.) Heat pan until oil is hot.
3. Chop up half an onion and add to the hot oil. Sprinkle in some salt.
4. When the onions have turned golden, add 2 handfuls of chopped mushrooms and one chopped sweet pepper.
5. Fry these together for a few minutes until the mushrooms have turned a darker colour and sweet peppers have softened then add the rice one handful at a time. Stir in each handful before adding in the next.
6. Pour in soy sauce to taste and keep stirring for a further few minutes until the rice has absorbed all flavour.
Serve immediately and enjoy.
Now, for those of you that may have a small stockpile of seasoning please add in some All Purpose seasoning and hot pepper powder (if spice is your thing) to the vegetables before you add in the rice. If you have Chinese Five Spice then that works perfectly as well.
1. Add tinned fish, bacon or pre-cooked chicken to the frying vegetables
2. Fry an egg in a separate pan (making sure the yolk is still a little runny) and serve on top of the fried rice
3. Crack an egg on top of the rice when frying and mix together to make vegetable egg-fried rice.
4. Add thinly sliced ginger, 1 clove of garlic (chopped) to frying onions.
Seriously balling upgrades:
1. If you have raw chicken, little season with All Purpose Seasoning and add to the frying onions. Allow the chicken to fully cook before adding in the remaining ingredients.
2. Add dried, or fresh, coriander and some cinnamon to the frying vegetables. (Don’t add cinnamon if you’ve already used the Chines 5 Spice)