Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Pineapple Curry Fried Rice

The tang of curry is wafting through the house.  I just ate the most wonderful fried rice sprinkled with the crunch of cashews, the bite of curry, the sweet juiciness of pineapple, and a touch of that most heavenly of herbs, fresh cilantro.  The recipe came from the book Gourmet's America, a beautifully photographed volume that I love to page through but, for some reason, have rarely cooked from.  Tonight was the night.  Based on the results, I'll do more than just drool over these photos in the future.

1/4 c. canola oil
1 lg. onion, chopped
1 1/2 T. curry powder
1 c. chopped fresh pineapple (I used frozen chunks)
1/2 c. coarsely chopped roasted cashews
1/4 c. minced fresh cilantro
6 c. white rice, cooked (I used my rice cooker)
3 T. water
1 t. salt
1/2 t. black pepper (I just added a sprinkle of pepper)

If you don't have cooked rice lying around, get your rice going.  Pull out a very large skillet (at least 12 inches across, says the recipe, and I agree.  I cut the recipe down a bit and it still filled my large skillet).  Heat the oil on medium high until it's hot but not smoking.  (It'll start making little popping noises when it's hot.  You can also get your hand wet and fling water droplets into the pan and see if you get some snapping action; if you do, the oil is hot.)  Put onion in the oil and stir, cooking until golden.  Add curry powder and stir, just for about 5 seconds.  Add the pineapple, cashews, cilantro, and cooked rice.  Stir until well combined.  Add the water, the salt, and the pepper and cook for about a minute.

That's it.  Enjoy your rice, and the lovely after-smell.

Anyone else like fried rice?  What is your favorite thing to put in it?



Blogger Julia said...

That sounds very good. Thanks for the recipe.It something that I would love to try.

February 27, 2013 at 7:53 AM  
Blogger Farm Girl said...

I love fried rice but it is something I have not had much luck with, it always sticks together. I know that the rice needs to be cold and even then I still don't make good fried rice. I read your directions very carefully. I might try it again. I made some really good orange chicken and I just made brown rice to go with it and everyone wanted fried rice. So next time I decide to cook orange chicken I might try this.
Thanks Lynn

February 27, 2013 at 8:57 AM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Farm Girl, I've got to admit that my rice for this wasn't cold, but was fresh from the rice cooker. I had never heard that the rice for fried rice needed to be cold. Hmmm. But the recipe did say that when you stir in the rice, make sure to break up the clumps. Mine didn't have clumps (prob because it was warm), but it sounds like the "always sticking together" problem you mentioned is probably really common with cold rice. So don't give up, just break up those clumps! :)

February 27, 2013 at 10:18 AM  
Blogger teresa said...

i can practically smell it from here, what a gorgeous dish! i love the idea of curry in rice.

February 27, 2013 at 12:22 PM  
Blogger Elena said...

That looks so yummy. We love curry. I think we are going to try this one!

February 27, 2013 at 6:00 PM  
Blogger Dawn @ Words Of Deliciousness said...

I love stir fried rice. This sounds delicious.

February 28, 2013 at 8:20 PM  
Blogger Ann Jones said...

I love fried rice and the addition of pineapple sounds delicious1

March 1, 2013 at 6:07 AM  
Blogger Blond Duck said...

I hope you liked the cake pops!

March 5, 2013 at 6:55 PM  
Blogger Sue said...

Yum! I think anything with cashews would be fine with me. I do like fried rice, although I rarely have it. When we eat Asian food, I usually skip the rice to allow more room for the main dishes and I've never made it at home. I may just have to try this one! Thanks!

March 6, 2013 at 10:00 AM  
Blogger koralee said...

Yummmm....I love rice dishes and this one looks amazing...thanks for sharing.

March 10, 2013 at 7:31 AM  
Blogger ~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

That sounds so good. It would have gone well with our grilled chicken tonight! Sweet hugs!

March 21, 2013 at 4:46 PM  
Blogger Molly said...

Sounds yummy! My sweet sister is a vegetarian and to my horror I made a family meal recently and had basically nothing substantial she could eat. Not making that mistake again and a dish like this would be great for her. I think I'd add some sauteed tofu squares to bump up the protein factor for her. Thank you so much!

July 21, 2013 at 8:35 AM  

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