"Yummm....Yummm...Yummm...Please give me some more" were my son's reaction when he finished the three Schezwan Rice Balls on his plate. He had it with tomato ketchup. He loved it. I had to make some more for him. He is three, so I was worried as the balls were a bit spicy. But, like a good food critic, my son made my rainy evening by giving me the above compliment.
So, back to the recipe I want to share. The Schezwan rice balls were something that I made out of the leftover Schezwan rice.
I used vegetables such as onions, tomatoes, carrots and sweetcorn. You can add any vegetables that you like such as capsicum, spring onions, zuchini, etc. The only veggies my fridge had that day were onions, tomatoes and sweetcorn. So, I had to use them.
For the Schezwan Rice
Time to make: 30-40 minutes, Serves:3
- Basmati Rice, 1 cup
- Carrot, 1 peeled and grated
- Sweetcorn, 1/2 cup, boiled
- Onion, 1 peeled and cut lengthwise
- Schezwan sauce or Schezwan chutney (I used the Ching's Schezwan Chutney)
- salt to taste
- some oil
- tomato ketchup (optional)
- coriander leaves for garnish
- Wash, drain, and keep the rice in water for 10-15 minutes.
- Later, boil the rice. I used 1 cup rice so put 2 cups water. (I did this in the microwave. The rice took 10 minutes to boil. My MW is 1000 watts, 30 ltrs. I kept on checking in 3-4 minutes interval if the rice was cooked or not, thereby stirring softly)
- With a fork, separate the rice grains. This avoids the rice grains from sticking to each other. Keep aside.
- In a pan, heat some oil. Add the onions. When the onions are pink, add the grated carrots and tomatoes. Saute for a while.
- Later, add the boiled sweetcorn (or any veggies). Saute for a while.
- Now add the Schezwan sauce or chutney. Mix well.
- Check the salt level and then add salt.
- After two minutes, switch off the gas and keep a lid on the pan. I used a wok with a lid.
- Garnish with coriander leaves.
For the Schezwan Rice Balls
I had the leftover Schezwan Rice the next evening. It was raining cats and dogs and as usual my son asked me the question "Mamma, Khaane ke liye kya hain". After a list of big NOs to whatever that was easily available in the kitchen containers, he said YES to something fried and with tomato ketchup. So, the leftover rice became my hero for the evening. I added some Cheddar Cheese in it to make it less spicier, and made some balls out of the rice, and fried it in hot oil until it turned golden.
The end result was a great HIT and when my three-year-old son gave out his rare food compliments (I think he goes on his Dad for that), it made my evening a pleasant one.