I've been on a fried rice kick lately. In the past month, I've ordered veggie fried rice takeout twice, and I rarely ever order takeout. When I do, I tend to go for the saucy fried tofu and white rice dishes. But here lately, I've just been craving that salty, greasy, MSG-laden fried rice.
Of course, fried rice doesn't have to be salty, greasy, and loaded with MSG (although it tastes so sinfully delicious when it is ... hey, this is coming from a girl who had chocolate cake for dinner). Anyway, it's nice when I can make guilt-free fried rice at home because I don't have to feel like a blob after eating it. I love to eat junk, but I have major food guilt afterward.
When I saw Colleen Patrick Goudreau's Indian Fried Rice recipe in the Vegan's Daily Companion, I knew I had to try it. It's like my two current fave things — Indian food and fried rice — had a baby!
Made with brown rice and only fried in a tablespoon of oil, this rice is something you won't have to feel guilty for eating. It's seasoned with cumin seeds. Can you believe I just recently shelled out the money for these? Before, when recipes called for cumin seeds, I'd just sub ground cumin because I was too cheap to buy the whole seeds, and I figured they'd taste the same. But no way! The cumin flavor from roasting the whole seeds is soooooooo much better!
Anyway, the seeds, turmeric, and some garam masala (I make my own from scratch) are where the Indian flavor comes from. Plus, it's loaded with veggies: cauliflower, red bell pepper, peas. I served the rice with some Indian-spiced lentils.
What food kick have you been on lately?