Young bamboo shoot is one of my favorite delicacies. It has been some time since I had got a packet of shredded bamboo shoot from the Asian store. Today’s fried rice lunch gave me the opportunity to make a good use of it. It is simple and quick (provided, you have a pot of cooked rice). The green and red of spinach, yellow of turmeric coated bamboo shoots and onion make this rice very colorful. Just make sure that you take lots of red spinach, because like any other greens, it is going to wilt and reduce in size once cooked… and we do need a good portion of it in our fried rice.
RED SPINACH & BAMBOO SHOOT FRIED RICE
4 cup cooked rice
7-8 cups cut red spinach
2 cups chopped young bamboo shoot (available in Asian stores)
1 onion, cut into thin crescent-shaped slices
3-4 garlic cloves
2 green chillies
1 inch of ginger, julienned
1/3 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon red chili powder (optional; only if you desire extra heat)
1-2 tbspoon olive oil for stir frying
Salt to taste
2-3 tbspoons lemon juice
- Heat olive oil in the wok. Fry garlic, ginger, green chillies, and turmeric powder till fragrant.
- Add onion and bamboo shoot, stir fry on high heat till onion is translucent.
- At this stage, you can add red chilli powder if you like.
- Mix the red spinach and stir till it wilts.
- Add the rice, and mix properly.
- Take off the heat. Squeeze lemon wedges before serving.
Yesterday, I had my first Easter celebration with a new group of friends here in Michigan. A young friend among our party even organized an Easter Egg Hunt for all. I found three eggs!!! Though, remembering my age group at the opportune moment, I chose to have only one tiny weeny candy from my exploits. The choice was made easier because there was lots of other stuff to enjoy. This Easter was truly our food holiday. Potluck brought all different varieties of food from different traditions together from Indian chicken curry to British hot cross buns… and I enjoyed all of them. We had taken vegan dessert of oatmeal-banana cake (a specialty of my husband) and a side of french and baby lima beans stir fry (which I made).
Apart from the fun memories, we also brought some leftover packages, which I was keen on using up by today’s lunch. In our household, leftovers are most likely to go two ways- a soup or a fried rice. Both are equal favorites. This time I chose the second, taking in types of left overs I had, which were:
- Lamb chili
- My side of french and baby lima beans
- Roast potatoes
To make a proper, non-sticky fried rice, I cooked a pot of brown rice yesterday evening. So in the morning all I had to do was mixing everything in a wok. Only thing I added to the mix, was chopped kale which I thought would make a good addition, bringing in more greens to the assembly. So I stir fried kale on hot olive oil, added bean side and chili upon it. I really did not need to have additional spices with both of those. After stir frying till everything was reheated properly, I mixed in the potatoes and rice and after few more minutes took it off the burner.
The end product not only tasked good but also looked beautiful with all the colors that were there.
That’s what I love about fried rice. It is simple to make but always manages to take all its components together to the next level of sumptuousness.