Mother’s Day Special!
So yesterday was Mother’s Day in Mauritius and because my Mamma loves Fried Rice, I thought there was no better way to please her. She basically loves Prawn Fried Rice and a lot of it along with a very tangy tomato salsa. The best way to eat Fried rice here in Mauritius. Fried Rice is also among the most favoured dish of all Mauritians. It has become a famous staple of the Mauritian culture as well as street food and as a quality restaurant dish. This dish can be customised in many ways, some prefer it vegetarian and some prefer it with a wide range of seafood mix. Whatever the way you prepare it at home, they are very delightful and hearty. My Mamma was happy and it meant a lot because sometimes the little pleasures of life make a big difference to your life.
It is not that difficult to make but then a little tedious as you have to prep your veggies beforehand. And also you have to cut up your chicken as well as keep an eye on your rice every single time. Like a Briyani,the secret to an amazing fried rice remains in the rice. Then the rest comes with more practice. You only have to know the steps and from there you can adapt it according to your preferences.
For a delightful Special Mauritian Fried Rice you will need the followings :
- Long Grain Rice or Basmati Rice
- Chicken tenders
- Mix vegetables of your choice but preferably Cabbage,Carrots and Green beans
- Sweet kernel corn
- Chopped Onions
- Garlic/Ginger Paste
- Soy/Oyster/Fish Sauce
- Cinnamon Stick/Cloves/Cardamon to flavour the rice
- Salt/Pepper to taste
- Vegetable oil for stir fry
Start by cutting up all your veggies. You can either buy the readily available frozen veggie mix or customised it your way by adding broccoli,tofu and snap peas etc. It all depends on your choice really but then a true Mauritian Fried Rice is made up of fresh cabbage,carrots and green beans and all the above mentioned ingredients. Start off by cutting all your vegetables into julienne (a portion of food cut into short, thin strips) or Allumettes as some may call it. After having prep all your vegetables,in a pan add some vegetable oil and heat to a medium hot temperature.Then one by one start frying your veggies by adding a tsp of salt each time and keeping aside for later use.
After having kept all aside, it is now time for you to cook your rice. I normally leave mine to soak in water for about 30 mins prior to cooking. You can also start off with your rice first and then to cutting the veggies. It doesn’t make any difference as long as you get your rice well cooked. So put water to a boil by adding 1 cinnamon stick,couples of cloves and some cardamons too. This will give fragrance to your rice and very aromatic as well. You will spot the difference the very first bite you put in your mouth.
It will take you about 45 mins max to get your rice all white and fluffy. Strain your rice and let it dry for some while so that it doesn’t become a sticky fried rice instead. At about 30 mins or so, the rice should be ready to use. Next cut up your chicken into cubes so that it gets easy to distribute over onto your stir fry rice. Marinate with ginger and garlic paste and all the sauces and finish with some pepper on top. Fry your chicken cubes and set aside to rest for later use.Same goes for your shrimps,marinate with some salt and pepper and toss in a pan with a spoonful of butter for a better taste.
Your rice should be all dry and fluffy to be used by now. Normally they are best cooked in a Chinese Wok,because you get the a better handle of the pan and you can stir fry and mix them all together well. So in your wok, add some oil, a tsp of ginger/garlic paste and then throw in your rice. Depending on the size of your cooking vessel, you can add all the rice in one go. Or you can also cook it portion by portion just like I normally do because my pan doesn’t support that much of rice.
Add your rice followed by a good doze of the different sauces and stir properly until well combined. Then add your veggies one by one just like in the pictures above. Mix your chicken and vegetables until well incorporated into the rice. Each time you are done with a portion seasoned accordingly.But then I do not add salt as fish sauce is salty enough. After you are done with stir frying every portion of your rice, crack an egg and cook for about 1 min on each side if you like how it has been presented on my picture below. Else you can still crack and beat 4-5 eggs in a bowl,fry and cut into strips to be served over the rice.
Tadaaaaa! You’re all done with the Mauritian styled Fried Rice. Sprinkle some scallions or coriander leaves on top for more fragrance. I know I talk a lot about chutneys and tomato salsa. Maybe I should do a section for all the pickles/chutneys that are very appreciated here in Mauritius. Would you be interested? I would love to know your views on our famous Fried rice and also how do you normally make yours. Do you make it the Thai way or you prefer the Chinese stir fried way?
See you later for yet another delicious post my lovely bloggers!