CHINESE VEG FRIED RICE WITH TOFU

Chinese Veg Fried Rice with Tofu. An amazing, Delicious, nutritious & easy weeknight meal! Featuring the goodness of vibrant vegetables and protein rich tofu, and little extra flavor from sesame oil.

A popular and flavored rice is a staple food in many south-east Asian countries, but in India, it is served as a street food from Indo-Chinese cuisine.

Due to its quick and easy feature, fried rice secures a top position on the list of weeknight meal. And when loaded with your favorite veggies, and healthy tofu, it also turns into a nutritional powerhouse making it a much-loved dish. Which is why this became one of our favorite dish at home, everyone love this super meal so much. It’s one of the easiest ways to eat healthy without compromising on taste.

Stir fry cooked long grain rice or basmati rice with all colorful veggies and flavorful soy sauce. Freshly cooked or leftover rice works best in this recipe. Make rice a day ahead and store in the refrigerator to make the perfect fried rice.

“Getting rice grains separate and fluffy can indeed be a bit of a trick. After cooking, spreading the rice out on a tray can help it cool more evenly and reduce clumping.”

For veggies, I used a combo of bell peppers, carrots, and spring onions (scallions), beans. However, don’t hesitate to add your favorite veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, corn, or green peas. In my opinion, the more, the better.

Soy sauce definitely adds that unique classic touch, but can you guess the secret ingredient? Sesame oil. Sesame oil adds extra flavor to this rice recipe. And that’s what make this Chinese veg fried rice so flavorful.

Variations and Notes

  • If tofu isn’t available or isn’t to your liking, feel free to prepare this dish without it.
  • Opt for coconut aminos as a soy sauce substitute if you prefer to avoid using soy sauce in your recipes.
  • Sesame oil or peanut oil adds delightful flavor and richness to this dish.
  • For a flavorful variation, consider adding Schezwan sauce to the dish.
  • Basmati, Jasmine, or any long-grain rice would complement this recipe perfectly.

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Chinese Fried Rice using Tofu

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Loaded with your favorite veggies, and healthy tofu, it also turns into a nutritional powerhouse making it a much-loved dish.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course dinner, lunch, lunch box, rice, vegetarian
Cuisine Indo Chinese, South-Asian
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • cups basmati rie 1 cup = 180 ml (rice cooker cup)
  • 5 tbsp sesame or peanut oil
  • 3 big garlic cloves minced
  • ¼ cup spring or green onion bottom white parts, chopped
  • ¾ cup any bell pepper chopped
  • ¾ cup cabbage chopped
  • ½ cup green beans chopped
  • ½ cup carrot chopped
  • 4-6 green chillies slit or chopped
  • 2-3 tbsp soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 1-2 tbsp green or red chilly sauce
  • 1 tsp black or white pepper powdered or crushed
  • ¾ tsp salt or to taste
  • 14 oz extra firm or firm tofu (397 gms)
  • ½ cup spring onion greens to garnish

Instructions
 

  • Rinse and soak the basmati rice for 10 minutes.
  • Bring plenty of water to boil in a large saucepan. Stir in rice. Simmer for 6-10 minutes or until rice is tender. Drain. Leave to cool completely. 
  • Press and cut the tofu, then stir-fry it until light golden. Set aside.
  • Meanwhile heat sesame or peanut oil in a large frying pan or wok over high heat. Add garlic. Sauté, stirring, for 1 minute or until fragrant. Add vegetables and slit green chillies. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 3 minutes or until tender. 
  • Add ginger paste and cook until the raw smell is gone.
  • Stir in soy sauce, chilly sauce, and vinegar. Mix well.
  • Add the tofu and mix.
  • Incorporate the rice, salt, and pepper. Mix and cook for 3 minutes.
  • Lastly, add ½ cup of green onion tops. Mix and garnish with green onion and crushed red pepper.
  • Finally, Serve hot for lunch or dinner. Good option for lunch boxes.

Notes

    1. If tofu isn’t available or isn’t to your liking, feel free to prepare this dish without it.
    2. Opt for coconut aminos as a soy sauce substitute if you prefer to avoid using soy sauce in your recipes.
    3. Sesame oil or peanut oil adds delightful flavor and richness to this dish.
    4. For a flavorful variation, consider adding Schezwan sauce to the dish.
    5. Basmati, Jasmine, or any long-grain rice would complement this recipe perfectly.
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Step by step photo instructions

  1. First, Rinse and soak the basmati rice for 10 minutes.

2. Bring plenty of water to boil in a large saucepan. Stir in rice. Simmer for 6-10 minutes or until rice is tender. Drain. Leave to cool completely. 

3. Press and cut the tofu, then stir-fry it until light golden. Set aside.

4. Meanwhile heat sesame or peanut oil in a large frying pan or wok over high heat. Add garlic. Sauté, stirring, for 1 minute or until fragrant. Add vegetables and slit green chillies. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 3 minutes or until tender. 

5. Add 1 tbsp ginger paste and cook until the raw smell is gone.

6. Stir in soy sauce, chilly sauce, and vinegar. Mix well.

7. Now, Add the tofu and mix. Let the tofu infused with sauces.

8. Incorporate the rice, salt, and pepper. Mix and cook for 3 minutes.

9. Lastly, add 1/2 cup of green onion tops. Mix and garnish with green onion and crushed red pepper.

10. Finally, serve hot for lunch or dinner. Great and quick option for lunch boxes.

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