Mushroom Fried Rice

Mushroom Fried Rice

Mushroom Fried Rice

Rice is one of the most accepted ingredients across the globe, and when it comes to fried rice the likability meter (if such a thing exists), has quite a high rating. Mushroom Fried Rice, the Indo-Chinese recipe, is one such dish that grabs the fancy of almost everyone who has tasted it.

Simple ingredients such as mushroom, basmati rice, soy sauce, garlic, onion, among others are tossed together to create a yummylicious dish that works perfectly well in any restaurant’s menu; is great for lunch/dinner parties and makes for excellent comfort food.

The Popularity of Mushroom Fried Rice

Becoming everyone’s favorite is not a small feat and a lot of reasons such as it’s aromatic, spicy and tangy flavor and its versatility attributes to the popularity of Mushroom Fried Rice. Amongst the many variations of fried rice, this mushroom recipe takes the cake, mainly because the earthy, meaty flavor of the edible fungi compliments the other ingredients involved really well.

Taste and Flavour of Mushroom Fried Rice

Underlined by the salty, tangy and umami flavor from the soya sauce, Mushroom Fried Rice is a decadent experience for both heart and soul. Caramelized is soya sauce, the veggies namely, the mushrooms, onions and spring onions adapts the sauce’s unique flavors. The subtle flavor of stir-fried rice act as a neutralizer for the veggies, making for a well-balanced dish.

The Specialty of Mushroom Fried Rice

Its USP lies in its versatility. For one Mushroom Fried Rice tastes great on their own, a dollop of Schezwan sauce could be used to spruce up the flavor. In addition, it beautifully compliments spicy Chinese gravies in the likes of Manchurian or vegetables in hot garlic sauce. For a perfect comfort food experience, the Mushroom Fried Rice could also be paired with a hearty bowl of hot and spicy soup.

Serving and Presentation of Mushroom Fried Rice

Usually just garnished with spring onions green, Mushroom Fried Rice could be served in a bowl or a plate. Depending upon its accompaniment, the gravy could be served separately or be used as a garnish to enhance the look of the dish.

How to prepare Mushroom Fried Rice

Mostly cooked on a high flame, the only skill to master while making Mushroom Fried Rice is the art of caramelizing the vegetables and tossing the rice in the wok without burning them. The texture of rice dictates the end flavor and looks of the dish. So while you can use both freshly prepared or left-over rice to prepare Mushroom Fried Rice, it is important that the rice is not mushy or overcooked.

Mushroom Fried Rice

Mushroom Fried Rice in the Easiest Way

A quick and easy stir-fried Indo-Chinese style rice that is tossed with mushrooms, onions and spring onions. Mushroom Fried Rice usually just takes 30 minutes to cook (lesser time if you are using pre-cooked rice), with 20 minutes of prep time and 10 mins of cooking time. The following ingredients are for 1 serving.

Ingredients

  • Oil - 1 tablespoon
  • Onion - 1 small sized
  • Spring onions – 1
  • White Button mushrooms - 125-150 grams
  • Basmati rice – ½ cup
  • Green chilies (optional) – 1-2
  • Garlic cloves – 2 – 4
  • Soya sauce – ¾ teaspoon
  • Vinegar (optional) – ¾ teaspoon
  • Black pepper powder – as required
  • Salt – as per taste
  • Water for cooking rice – 2 ½ cup
  • Clarified butter – ½ teaspoon

How to make

Step By Step Instructions for Cooking Mushroom Fried Rice

Preparation for Mushroom Fried Rice

Prepping Rice:

  1. Keep the water for boiling, add clarified butter and some salt in it. Rinse the rice in water thoroughly until the water runs clear of starch. As the water comes to a boil, add the rice. Let the rice cook for about 5 – 7 minutes, the rice should be al dente or just cooked. Drain the excess water in a colander and the rice cool down.

Prepping Mushroom:

  1. Rinse the mushroom thoroughly with water to remove any dirt or grime. Before chopping, pat them dry with a clean napkin. Chop the mushroom in medium-thin slices.

Prepping vegetables – julienne the onions.

  1. Deseed green chilis and julienne them as well. Finely chop the white and the green portion of the spring onion separately. The spring onion white would be added to the Mushroom Fried Rice while the green part will be used for garnishing. Either crush the garlic or finely chop it.  

How to make Mushroom Fried Rice

  1. Add oil into a wok or a pan. Once heated add garlic and fry it till its turns aromatic. Add spring onion white and onion, sauté them for about a minute on medium flame. Add green chili and mushrooms, stir fry them for about 2 – 3 minutes or the mushroom starts to get tender.

  2. Before moving to the next step, ensure that the water released by mushroom is dried out as the water may hinder the caramelization. Add soya sauce and vinegar, mix well so the sauce coats the veggies nicely. Turn the flame of high, to allow the mushroom and other vegetables to be caramelized.

  3. As the mushrooms start turning brown from the edges, add salt and black pepper powder. Give it a good mix. Add the cooked rice and toss them around once or twice, so that everything is thoroughly mixed. If needed, add a few drops of water to help the mixing process. Switch off the heat and place a lid on the wok.

  4. Transfer Mushroom Fried Rice in a bowl and garnish with green onions.

Notes

Approximate nutritional value per serving for Mushroom Manchurian

  • Calories - 401
  • Total Fat - 15 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1 g
  • Sodium - 994 mg
  • Potassium - 517 mg
  • Total Carbohydrates - 58 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 4 g
  • Sugars - 7 g
  • Protein - 9 g

Recipe notes for Mushroom Fried Rice

  1. If the Mushroom Fried Rice is to be served on its own, more spices and soya sauce could be added to the recipe. On the contrary, if Mushroom Fried Rice is to be served with gravy, maintain a light hand on the soya sauce.
  2. Since the soya sauce has a salty base, taste the mix first and then add salt accordingly.
  3. Let the rice cool completely, before adding rice to the vegetables as the steam and heat from the rice can turn the vegetables, especially mushroom mushy.

Conclusion

Mushroom Fried Rice is a recipe that you will love to cook and eat. Cook it and devour its taste with your friends and family.

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