Cabbage fried rice recipe – A very simple fried rice made using only cabbage and peas. This rice tastes very delicious with very good flavors of fried cabbage and garlic. Made without the use of any sauces, this would really surprise anyone with its unique flavor and taste that comes from the tender-crisp fried cabbage. Sometimes i cook my food in the most unusual ways and this is one of them.
I make this often at home using cabbage alone and with no other veggies as this really doesn’t need any other additions. This time i used green peas only to make it a bit colorful which can be skipped. I also make a spicy cabbage rice that is done in the typical Indian style, will share that as well some other time.
Please do not alter the recipe as it may not turn out good even with small changes.
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Step by step photos on how to make cabbage fried rice recipe
1. Cut cabbage to quarters and blanch them in salted warm water for about 10 to 15 mins. Rinse them in fresh water several times. Drain water completely. Remove the core and the tough parts. Chop to slices and then chop as desired. A food processor eases the work, if you have one you can use it. To make a good fried rice, make sure there is no dripping water in the chopped cabbage otherwise it will turn mushy. Set this aside.
2. Wash, soak and cook rice al dente and cool it completely. Do not over cook and make the rice mushy.
3. Add olive oil to a hot wok or pan. Use a wide pan if you do not have a wok, a small pan may not be a good choice to fry cabbage.
4. Add slit deseeded chili, garlic, star anise and a single strand of mace. Saute until garlic smells good. Do not skip star anise and mace, they add a very good flavor to the rice. Use enough chilies for the heat else the rice may taste bland.
5. Make sure the flame is set to high. When the garlic turns fragrant, add cabbage and peas. If you like to use onions, you can add them first and saute until they turn pink.
6. Saute for 2 to 3 mins. Add vinegar.
7. Continue to saute until the cabbage turns slightly golden and tender but crisp yet. This takes only 2 to 3 mins. Cabbage begins to smell very good now.
8. Add rice, sprinkle salt and pepper.
9.Mix everything well and fry for 2 to 3 mins. If making for lunch box, i suggest not to over fry. Just a minute of frying is enough.
Delicious cabbage fried rice is ready.
Cabbage fried rice recipe
- ½ cup long grain rice (uncooked)
- 2 cups chopped cabbage
- Green peas as needed (optional)
- 2 to 3 green chilies (deseeded)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 to 3 garlic cloves
- ½ of a star anise or 2 petals
- 1 strand of mace
- Pepper as desired
- ¾ tsp vinegar
- Salt as needed
- Wash, soak, and cook rice grainy, not mushy. Cool completely.
- Cut quartered cabbage to slices and then chop. Set aside.
- Heat a wok with oil on a high heat. Saute garlic, chilies, mace and star anise until fragrant.
- Add cabbage and peas and fry for 2 to 3 mins. Add vinegar.
- Saute for few more mins until the cabbage turns slightly golden.
- Add rice, pepper and salt.
- Mix and fry for another 1 to 2 mins.
- Serve cabbage fried rice hot or warm with a veggies salad.