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I've been promising this fried basmati rice diary for quite some time now. Well, for all you hungry TCers, here it is.

I've been experimenting with new foods and recipes lately. I've gotten so I love Indian food (who doesn't, though?), but since I'm a poor grad student (whose car apparently now has a transmission problem), I am not able to get it very often. So I recently decided to start making it myself. And it's not quite the same, but it's amazing in other ways.

I'm a really big fan of basmati rice. While I was poking around on the Internet, I found a good recipe for frying it with chicken and fresh veggies. I gave it a shot, and it's fabulous. And, if you prefer vegetarian, it's also good excluding the meat (I've tried it both ways). For the purposes of this diary, though, I'll be including everything. Follow me below the raw chicken breast.

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You'll need the following ingredients: 1 heaped cup broccoli florets, 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil, 1 chicken breast sliced thin across the grain, salt and ground black pepper to taste, 1/2 bunch chopped scallions (I'm using onion powder), 2 minced garlic cloves, 1/2 tablespoon finely chopped fresh ginger (I'm using ground ginger), 1 minced serrano pepper, 1/2 large carrot (chopped), 1 beaten egg seasoned with salt and pepper, 3 cups cooked basmati brown rice (1 cup uncooked), 1 tablespoon Thai or Vietnamese fish sauce (to taste), 1/8 cup chopped cilantro, and lime wedges (I'm using lime juice).

First, steam the broccoli for 2 to 3 minutes.

Rinse with cold water and set aside.

Slice the chicken on a cutting board into bite-sized pieces.

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Season with salt and pepper and cook them in a tablespoon of oil.

Chop the carrot. How big is up to you, but I like nice chunks.

While you're at it, mince the serrano pepper.

Add the carrot and broccoli to the chicken. Stir-fry for 2 minutes.

Add another tablespoon of the oil and the scallions, garlic, ginger, and serrano pepper. Stir-fry for 30 seconds.

Add the beaten egg.

Add the rice and fish sauce and cook for another 30 seconds.


Before eating, just add the cilantro on top and squirt some lime juice on it. Yum!

Satisfaction guaranteed, or...I don't know, I guess you can yell at me in the comments.

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