Friday, November 11, 2016

Vegan Thai Fried Rice

Officially Deepavali/Festival of Lights is over. Unless of course if you are rich, then every day is a festival or an occasion to be merry. For ordinary people like me, its naturally back to the reality of the daily grind and saving until next year's festival. Nonetheless, have you noticed that Hindus have stepped up another level by celebrating Christmas as well? Yes everyone. Believe me. That's the trend now albeit I am not referring to those who have boxed-up their Hinduism roots to usher Christmas, Boxing Day, Thanksgiving and Easter once they migrate to Western countries, neither do I want to speak about those who have converted to Christianity.

I am certainly talking about Malaysian Hindus who love Santa Claus, Christmas trees and twinkle-twinkle Christmas lights even more. Please don't get me wrong. I am not a politician trying to force my Hinduism ideology, neither am I against anyone joining fellow Malaysian Christians in exchanging gifts, getting drunk on eggnog and eating turkey. What I am trying to say is that in the name of embracing Western culture, some of my Hindu friends actually have scaled down or don't celebrate Deepavali anymore.

Obviously I am shocked even though I can't exactly say why Hindus are getting worked up over the world wide end year Christmas joy. Maybe, could be due to lack of believe in their own religion and culture, maybe social influences or maybe Christmas is interpreted as the new Deepavali, you please tell me why. I on the other hand will forever tightly grip my born and bred Hindu religion, I won't shy away from speaking Tamil, I may not be the biggest fan of violent Tamil movies but they are still my every now and then source of entertainment and I will still proudly showcase my traditional attire fashion statement (Saree Fashion Statement) when occasions calls for.

Well, we can go on and on debating on religious festivals until cows come home, let me now get back to the festival of lights. Considering food is always the biggest integral part of Malaysian culture, can you imagine how much of mutton (Mutton Kurma & Mutton Devil Curry), chicken (Indian Chicken Curry, Chicken Curry With Potatoes & Ayam Masak Merah) prawns (Belacan Sambal Prawns, Kam Heong Prawns & Prawn Fritters), sotong/squids (Sotong Sambal) etc etc Malaysians would have consumed during Deepavali open house? Therefore, instead of more rich sinful food thereafter, you should opt for this Vegan Thai Fried Rice (Thai Green Vegetable Curry, Vegetarian Tom Yum Soup & Vegetarian Phad Thai). Absolutely inviting with its mild spiciness and aroma, this dish is also a wholesome dish (Mee Rojak Vegetarian) packed with my, yes my "health is wealth" concept (white fungus gingko nuts dessert & Steamed White Pompret).

Alright everyone. Take care. Nava K will be back again when time is on her side or when her brain is all fired up with another interesting intro.

3 cups cooked white rice
3/4 cup cubed fresh or canned pineapple (Thai Pineapple Fried Rice)
Some sliced fresh red chillies
1 lemongrass - shredded/thinly sliced
1/2 inch ginger - shredded/thinly sliced
1 medium size red onion- thinly sliced
1/2 handful of daun kaduk/Thai betel leaves - see pic at Bread Tuna Pizza (or other suitable leafy green veg)
1/2 cup roasted peanuts
Some spring onion - shredded/thinly sliced
4 tbsp of oil
Salt to taste
Heat oil.
Saute lemongrass, ginger and onion.
Add rice.
Season with salt and stir in.
Add pineapple and chillies.
Stir in again.
Lastly combine in daun kaduk and peanuts.
One or two good stirs, dish out and garnish with spring onion.
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  1. Thai is my favorite cuisine and this sounds delicious. I am hungry now :-)

  2. Amazing flavours and I love the beautiful plating too, Nava.

  3. wow its really tempting me..looking delicious

  4. Visually, the most appealing rice dish! Wish I could grab a plate!

  5. Wow, that looks delicious! And such lovely photos!!

  6. Nice sharing! Love the colourful presentation, Nava. Have a good week, dear! xoxo

  7. Fried rice is my absolute favourite.. i love how u made it with few ingredients... Thanks fr sharing...
    Christmas is a global festival now i feel... earlier it was only we Christians celebrating bt now it is celebrated by everyone.. which is a good thing bt the real meaning of Christmas is something else :)

  8. I love thai dish, must give this one a try

  9. I sense smoke coming out of my ears with so much chillies

  10. absolutely everything about this fried rice..lovely pic too

  11. Oops...! I missed this post....! Lovely pic, beautiful presentation and super tempting vegan Thai fried rice :)

  12. Bookmarked this. And well said Nava. We should never forget our roots

  13. Delicious. Looking at the pic and the name makes me drool. Its lunch time and this pic is making me feel my hunger. Yum yum


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