Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Egg Fried Rice & Goan Shrimp Balchao

Here comes the century.... yay!!!!!!!!!

I wanted to post something special for the 100th post and have been waiting for a while.. Either I dont find the dish as special or I am not satisfied with the clicks. Finally I decided to post whatever I cook today(in fact yesterday) never mind what it is and how the clicks be.

While hopping through the blogs I came across the shrimp recipe @yummyoyummy and decided to try that out with a few tweaks. I checked Maya if it would pair well with fried rice and she gave a 'Go' to it.

And I really do not remember where I picked the fried rice recipe from. I did not bookmark it, but had it written down in a textpad. That was great too and my thanks to the real owner of the recipe.

Fried Rice - Goan Shrimp Balchao 1

Egg Fried Rice:

Ingredients(Serves – 3 to 4):

Basmati Rice          --   2 cups
Water                        --   4 cups
Any cooking oil    --   1 tbsp
Salt                             --   to Taste

Ginger                       --   1 tbsp, finely chopped
Garlic                        --   1 tbsp, finely chopped

Carrot                       --   2 medium sized
Beans                         --  10 - 12
Bell peppers/capsicum -- half of a medium sized one
Celery                        --   1 cup, chopped
Cabbage                   --   1 cup, chopped
Spring onion           --   2 - 3

Large eggs              --   3

Soy sauce                 --    ½ tbsp
Green chilly sauce  --  ½ tbsp
Rice vinegar          --   ½ tbsp
Ketchup                   --   ½ tbsp
Black pepper         --    1 tsp , freshly ground

Vegetable oil        --    2 -3 tbsp
Salt                            --  to taste

Preparation of Egg Fried Rice:

Wash and drain the rice. Boil water with salt and oil in a heavy bottom vessel. Taste the water to check the salt. Add rice and bring it to a boil again and then reduce the flame to medium - low and cook covered until rice is fully done and water is absorbed. Transfer the rice to a larger plate or tray and gently separate the rice using a fork.  Let the rice cool completely before mixing with the vegetables, else it would be mushy.

It is best to use left over rice, I did actually cook the rice previous day and left it in the fridge.

Chop the vegetables and keep aside. Keep the white bulbs and stalks of the spring onions separate. We use them separately.

Heat up 1 tbsp oil, in a large wok or any large vessel. Add chopped ginger and garlic and fry till it turn transparent.Now add the white bulb of the spring onions, bell peppers, carrots,beans, celery and stir fry, for 1 -2 minutes in high heat. High heat helps to keep the vegetables crunchy even when cooked. But be carful not to burn the vegetables. Now add the chopped cabbage, half of the green stalks of spring onion and salt.The sauces might have salt in it. So be careful while adding the salt. Mix everything together and transfer to a plate.

Fried Rice 2

Add some more oil, and break the eggs, directly into the pan. Add salt and pepper quickly and stir the egg continuously to get fine scrambled egg and transfer to the plate

Fried Rice 1

Heat rest of the oil, add the cooked and cooled rice and stir well, in medium-high heat. When the rice well separated, add the cooked vegetables and the scrambled egg and mix well. Then sprinkle the sauces,vinegar and ground pepper one by one and mix well. The quantity of sauces can be adjusted to personal taste. The given quantity will give a mild flavor. Check the salt and sprinkle if required.

Switch off the flame and add the remaining spring onion, mix well. Garnish with some. Keep it closed for 10 - 15 minutes. Serve hot.


Goan Shrimp Balchao:

Fried Rice - Goan Shrimp Balchao 2

Ingredients (Serves 4)

Shrimp                        --   1 lb / ½ kg 
Turmeric powder   --   2 pinches, optional
Onion                           --   1 medium, finely chopped
Garlic                           --   3 cloves, minced
Tomato                       --   1 large, finely chopped
Curry leaves             --  10 , I added more
Whole dried chillies -- 4
Sugar                           --  ½ tsp
Butter/Coconut oil -- 1 tbsp, I used coconut oil.
Canola oil                  -- 1 tbsp
Salt                               -- To taste

For the spice paste :

Chilly powder         --   1 tsp
Garam masala       --    ½ tsp
Ginger                       --   1 inch
Garlic                         --   3 cloves
Vinegar                    --   2 tsp, I used white vinegar

Preparation of Shrimp

Marinate the shrimp with a little salt and turmeric powder.The original recipe does not use turmeric powder,so you can omit it too.Let it stand so for at least 15 - 20 minutes.

Grind the ingredients for the spice paste and keep aside.

Goan Shrimp Balchao 5

Heat oil in a pan. Fry the dry red chillies until brown on medium heat. Add the chopped ginger,garlic and curry leaves. Fry for around a minute and add onions, little salt and saute until brown. Add the tomatoes and cook until the tomatoes are squishy.

Goan Shrimp Balchao 3    Goan Shrimp Balchao 4

Add the ground spice paste. Cook until their raw smell is gone and oil starts separating.

Meanwhile fry the shrimp in the butter/coconut oil until firm and pink. If you are using fresh shrimp, let the shrimp take round shape and also let the water coming out of the shrimp completely evaporate.

Goan Shrimp Balchao 1     Goan Shrimp Balchao 2

Add the fried shrimp to the sauce and mix well. Cook for 1 - 2 minutes. Switch off. I added 2-3 chopped curry leaves and drizzled half a tsp of coconut oil on top of it. Kept it closed for about 5 - 10 minutes and served with Egg fried rice.

Fried Rice - Goan Shrimp Balchao 3


  1. Wow congrats on ur 100th post ... Fried looks very tempting ... Sure i will try this ... From long time looking for a recipe ... Here comes.. Lovely pictures ...

  2. Congrats on the 100th post..Keep Rocking...
    A perfect combo for a treat...

  3. wow...this is a deadly combination. looks soooo tempting.. i can finish off the lunch in a jiffy.

  4. This looks inviting and delicious...

  5. Delicious looking combination of fried rice and shrimp balchao. Looks great.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  6. Congrats on your 100th post!!! Keep rocking!
    Superb combo and so tempting...

  7. Congrats on your 100th post. Great combo and looks superb!

  8. Congrats on your 100th post!! Egg fried rice and yummy..

  9. hey looks so yummy ..going to try this for this weekend

  10. Egg fried rice looks so yummy and colorful. The grains are separate and perfect.


  11. That platter is a treat ...looks so fab

  12. Give me that platter, simply inviting and mouthwatering here...beautiful pair..

  13. i had eyed the prawn dish whn maya posted it and now im convinced its awesome

  14. Fantastic combo!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  15. Congrats on your 100th post :) As always awesome recipes

  16. Congrats Nitha...Njnaum athe balchao nokki vachitund..Eny epol control illa ennu thanne undakum..Kidilan combo tto..

  17. Both the dishes compliment each other. Looks and sounds delicious

  18. wow..congrats on your 100th post!! A spicy uptake to celebrate the day,delicious one !!

  19. Congratulations Nitha ! Cheers to many such happy milestones in future.
    Delectable combo ~ lovely platter :)
    US Masala

  20. Congrats dear..adipoli combo aanallo..kandittu kothiyavunnu.

  21. congrats on your 100th post, the meal looks awesome.

  22. wow I wish I could have some now! This looks totally right up my alley!

  23. wow, first of all congrats on your 100th post..!!...combo super ayittundu...pulavum thanne vayiloode kappal oodunnu..:)

  24. congrats dear..fried rice looks so yummy..great combination of flavors..:P

    Tasty Appetite
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  25. wow congr8s deaar....very gud...nice the pics

  26. congrats..........nd irressistable combo...........

  27. Oh wow, that's such a mouthwatering combo--I'm totally loving it! The first picture is a beauty and tempting my taste buds :) Congrats on your milestone! Keeping rocking with plenty more delicious recipes!!

  28. very commendable milestone! many more to come your way :)you have an awesome blog with some fantastic pictures dear!

  29. Happy 100th Nitha!!!
    nice recipe and lovely combo...

  30. wow shrimp looks mouthwateringly delicious

  31. hai Nitha,
    I am passing on an award to u, do come an collect it from my blog

  32. Congrats on ur 100th post both combination looks fab!!

  33. Congrats Nitha...Lovely combo for the occasion