This is a very easy, quick and healthy way to make a big batch of fried rice. It easily feeds our family of six, with leftovers. The rice, veges and egg are actually steamed – no oil is needed. You can use basmati rice and it will cook in about 20 minutes, or with brown rice it will cook in 35 minutes. And you don’t have to stand there stirring! Thanks to my friend Nancy for teaching me this method years ago with bacon and veges – there’s lots of possible variations, so be creative and make up your own versions too. You can use as much meat and veges as will fit in the Varoma – I’ve just given some suggestions, not definite amounts.
[Update for TM5!!] If you own a TM5, just make sure you add an extra 100g water to the bowl when you make this, as the bowl is bigger and needs that bit more water for the rice to cook through properly.]
500g water (for basmati rice) or 700g water (for brown rice)* (see note for TM5)
400g of raw basmati or brown rice (or less if you want a smaller batch)
100g - 200g of cubed chicken, fish, bacon, or some shelled prawns
2 carrots, sliced or julienned
1-2 stalks celery, sliced
And some of the following
kohlrabi, peeled and thinly sliced
spinach/silverbeet/bok choy, sliced
frozen peas & corn
cashews/slivered almonds/sesame seeds
Place onion or spring onions and garlic into Thermomix bowl and chop 4 sec/sp 5. Remove to Varoma dish.
Place eggs into bowl and mix 5 sec/sp 3. Line Varoma tray with a large piece of wet baking paper (so that paper overlaps sides of tray approx. 2 cm) and pour eggs into tray. Set aside.
Rinse bowl. Weigh coconut milk and water into bowl and place lid on top.
Place rice basket on top of lid, and weigh the rice into the basket. Rinse well under running water, then insert basket into bowl.
Place Varoma into position, and start cooking - 20 mins (basmati) or 35 mins (brown)/Varoma temp/sp 4.
While rice begins cooking, chop up meat and/or veges, placing it into the Varoma as you go, harder veges and meat on the bottom, softer veges and nut/seeds on top. (The steam will not begin cooking what's in the Varoma until about 10 mins into cooking time, so you have time to get it all in the dish before then. Replace Varoma lid after each addition.)
Check after 20 mins to see if everything is cooked. (With brown rice, just add the veges and eggs when there's only 15 minutes left to go, so they don't overcook.)
Remove Varoma and place lid underneath. Remove rice basket using spatula, and tip rice into Varoma bowl. Add the meat and veges. Slice the egg up in tray (see photo below) and tip into Varoma bowl with rice. Season with some tamari sauce / soy sauce / sweet chilli sauce, mix together gently, and serve!
Poke a hole through the meat and veges in the Varoma, so that the steam can get through easily.
Don't pack the Varoma too tightly or the meat and veges may not cook well.
* If you own a TM5, add another 100g water, or rice may not cook through properly due to larger bowl size.
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