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KFB Foodie Talk: How to make Peppered fried rice (with kidney)







For our newbies, the KFB foodie talk column - handled by Dobby of Dobbysignature -  is basically for ladies and 'guys' that are interested in learning how to cook better  ;).

Today she discusses how to make Peppered fried rice (with kidney).

When making fried rice, i sometimes feel the need to add pepper and move a little distance away from the norm, skipping a few things and adding a little extras here and there. I've come to a conclusion that when it comes to food, there's really no limit to how it's made. Some may like somethings while others may not. For this recipe which i'm sure you'd love, i skipped adding the traditional liver and used kidney instead. Also, butter was added to the rice which gave it that unique buttery flavor we all love. if i were to start on the health benefits you stand to gain from the lightly cooked veggies, i'd go on and on. I highly recommend trying this recipe for a quick lunch.

How to make peppered fried rice with kidney
• Prep time:
20 minutes
• Total time: Less than 1hr
• Misc:          Serve hot
Ingredients:::
• 3 Cups White rice
• 1 Stick butter
• 2 tbs. Curry powder
• 3 Seasoning cubes
• Salt to taste
• 3 cups Meat stock
• 1/2 cup cooking oil
• 500g Kidney
• 6 cloves Garlic - minced
• 1 medium sized red onion 
• 1 bunch spring onion 
• 1 medium sized green bell pepper 
• 3 medium sized carrots 
• 5 medium sized fresh scotch bonnet (ata rodo) 

Procedure:::
Step 1: Rinse the rice and place in a medium sized pot. Add just enough water to cover the rice in the pot and cook for about 10 minutes. Turn out the rice into bowl and rinse with cold water. Pour the rice back into the pot and add curry powder (for the yellow colour and flavor), crushed seasoning, salt to taste and minced garlic. Add the meat stock or water and cook on medium heat. Add the stick of butter so it'd melt once it starts to boil and leave till the liquid in the pot dries up. Turn off the burner and set aside.
Step 2: Cooking for this short period of time ensures it doesn't get too soft before the real curried rice preparation as well as removes some of the starch to prevent it from sticking together. Wash and rinse with clean cold water. 
Step 3: Scrape the back of the carrots, rinse and dice. Remove the seeds from the green bell pepper, rinse and dice. Rinse and chop the spring onion, onion and pepper.
Set the veggies aside. Rinse the kidney thoroughly with water and dice, sprinkle a little salt and set aside. 
Step 4: Heat up the cooking oil in a large pan and add the salted kidney. Leave to fry for about 3 minutes. Remove the fried kidney from the oil and set aside. Reduce the oil in the pan leaving about 2 tbsp. left within. 
Step 5: Add about 1 cooking spoon of the chopped veggies and fried kidney into the pan, stir-fry for about 1 minute then add about two cooking spoons of the curried rice. Stir-fry for about 1 minute then turn out into an empty pot. Repeat this till the rest of the batch has been exhausted. 
Serve your peppered fried rice hot garnished with any meat of your choice or with chilled salad

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