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Posted by on Jun 21, 2012 in Grains | 1 comment

Brown Fried Rice

Brown Fried Rice

We read ‘Stone Soup’ recently.Our library was out of the original copy of ‘Stone Soup’ by Marcia Brown but we wanted to read it anyway,so we checked out the adaptation of the story book by John J. Muth.I love the watercolor pictures used to tell the stories in a shade of blue and gray,sort of set in,what looks like a foggy day.

This adapted story is set in China and involves three monks,Hok,Lok,Seiw  who are landed in the village at the foothill of mountains.Instead of being greeted by villagers with open arms,they instead were greeted with skepticism,distrust and closed doors.They asked themselves this question,”What makes one Happy?Oldest and wisest monk,Siew,had an idea ,he came up with  ‘Stone soup’ which ended up bringing the entire village close together.

Stone Soup

Stone Soup

Meanwhile,I asked the same question to my five year old daughter,her answer was “Playing with my friends”,then i repeated it to my 3 year old boy .His candid answer was “Yogurt with sprinkles”.Yes,my boy loves the yogurt  with green and blue sprinkles !

We like the story so much that my daughter insisted to read it back to back  and now it is in our amazon list,we are looking to buy the original copy of ‘Stone Soup’.

To go  with wok roasted chicken,we made fried brown rice,in a same wok we roasted the chicken.All the leftover goodness was absorbed by the rice to make it even more happier.Let me confess,i am not a fan of brown rice but it is something i am trying to like because,yes, it is healthy and the amount of rice that we eat,my goal is to outnumber white rice  with brown slowly.

Brown rice

Brown rice

In order to make it more appetizing,since it is completely inedible in its original cooked form to me,i added tons of vegetable.Well worth effort.My hubby liked it and my daughter ate it,even if not as cleanly as she would have the white rice but no complains.So i say,its a go.

Brown Fried Rice


  1. 1-1/2 cup Brown Rice
  2. 3 cups water
  3. 1/8 Teaspoon Chinese Five spice
  4. 1-1/2 Tablespoon oil
  5. Salt to taste
  6. 1/4 Teaspoon Sesame oil
  7. Vegetables
  8. 3/4-1 cup fine chopped green beans
  9. 1/2 medium onion chopped
  10. 1/4 cup chopped celery
  11. 3 crushed cloves of Garlic
  12. 1/8 Teaspoon Grated ginger
  13. 5-6 quartered cherry tomatoes


  1. Cook the rice in 3 cups of water.
  2. Take it out in a plate and put it in freezer.
  3. In a wok,add oil.
  4. Once hot,add all the vegetables.
  5. Once vegetables are soft,add Chinese five spice powder.
  6. Add salt.Stir it all together.
  7. Add chopped tomatoes and mix it all well.
  8. Get the rice out from freezer and add it to the vegetable mix.
  9. Stir it all together.
  10. Drizzle with Sesame oil.
  11. Enjoy with wok roasted chicken.


Day old,cold rice works best for fried rice.Since i didn't had one,i put the cooked rice to freezer for 5-10 mins,to stiffen it a little.

1 Comment

  1. yup..this works really well with leftover rice (white or brown..) and is damn good for my lunch packs on days i dont want to roll out chapatis …as a twist i add small florets of cauliflower, few pieces of carrots , peas.. some yellow /green/red capsicum–colorful :))

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