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Garlic Fried Rice

In search for that perfect yet simple lock down meal? Say hello to this versatile classic that your whole family is sure to love.

Tiny on the budget but mighty in flavour. Now that is a perfect combination on times like these

We live in the crazy times to say the least, where simple shopping trips have turned into carefully crafted missions with everything covered in anti bac spray, one-way trolley traffic, praying for your ingredients to be in stock, social distancing (yep you can forget those “bumping up in the stores chat sessions”) and endless queuing. God forbit if your nose starts to tickle and you feel a sneeze coming as you want to kill yourself first rather than sneeze into your scarf or shoulder as if you do you definitely have the plague and your fellow shoppers want to execute you and you have been black listed by the shop for sure. Such are the times in 2020…

I can’t believe I used to complain about Christmas shopping and dread it with all my might! Something so treacherous seems like a child’s play to me now.

So taken this unusual situation into consideration I wanted to share with you a classic recipe that is super tasty, easy to make and yet very versatile not to mention extremely budget friendly and quick to make. Win win all around.

Say hello to Garlic fried Rice. Honestly this really is the perfect left-over meal.

Boil a pot of rice the day before and have it with curry or with whatever and store the left-over rice in the fridge for this recipe. Little word of warning here and something to be aware of: please make sure you cool the rice down as quickly as possible and then store it in the fridge for a maximum of one day (so you don’t accidentally get any food poisoning as rice left into room temperature can become hazardous)

WOW I am really selling this recipe here…lol…I bet you are dying to make it now! No but in all honesty, I have been making this deliciousness for years and I am fine and everyone around me is fine too and never ever had any trouble. Just a general rule of thumb don’t be stupid around rice.

I am glad we got the rice issue out of the way, now let’s start cooking.

These simple ingredients together create a wonderfully flavoursome dish

You only really need 6 basic ingredients that most people have already in their home: Rice, Onion, Garlic, Frozen Peas, Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Tamari to make this gluten free or Soy Sauce. Obviously, you can add many other ingredients to it as well like spring onions, asparagus, carrot, cabbage etc. really the options are endless as it’s pretty difficult to mess up this recipe.

But like I said before even if you have just those 6 basic ingredients you are going to make a cracking meal. So, start with them.

First finely chop one large onion, 5 spring onions and grate 6 cloves of Garlic (I love garlic and I don’t think this tastes too garlicy, but if you are not such fan of garlic you can obviously use less).

Pour 2 Tbsp virgin olive oil into pan and sauté the onions for couple of minutes till slightly golden. Add spring onions and garlic and continue the process for another couple of minutes.

Add 500g boiled basmati rice (though any rice will do but I think white naughty basmati rice does taste the best) and fry for 5-7 minutes.

Add 2 Tbsp of Tamari to make this dish gluten free or use Soy sauce if Tamari isn’t available (both taste excellent) and grind some freshly ground pepper on top.

Add 150g Frozen peas at the last minute as you still want them to taste fresh and juicy, you don’t want to overcook them. Fry couple more minutes till the peas are ready and voila you have yourself couple of portions of Excellent Garlic Fried Rice.

I love to top mine with a bit of Siracha sauce to add some spice and kick to it. Yum!

Did you try out this recipe, if so I’d love to know how yours turned out? Tag me @lustfullyvegetarian or use #lustfullyvegetarian and I would love to see your version of it.

Until next time

Sirle xox

Are your tastebuds dribbling yet? :D

The Recipe:

Garlic Fried Rice

Serves 2 big portions

(Prep 5mins, Cook 12mins)

2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 Large Onion, finely chopped

6 Cloves of Garlic, micro grated

5 Spring Onions, chopped

500g Boiled White Basmati Rice

2 Tbsp Tamari or Soy Sauce (tamari if you want it to be gluten free)

150g Frozen Peas

Freshly Ground Pepper

1. Finely chop the onion & spring onion & grate the garlic

2. Heat the oil in a pan and add the onions and sauté them on medium heat for couple of minutes till slightly golden

3. Add spring onions and garlic and continue to sauté for further couple of minutes

4. Add rice and fry for 5-7minutes

5. Add Tamari or soy & freshly ground pepper

6. Add frozen peas and continue to cook for forther couple of minutes till the peas are ready


· Use Tamari to make it Gluten Free

· Don’t overcook the peas! You want them to be fresh and juicy.

· Top with Siracha sauce to add some spice and kick to it if desired

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