Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Kimchi Fried Rice

When AWED-Korea came about last month & I was researching into Korean cuisine, Kimchi or Korean pickled vegetables caught my eye. Kimchi is the most commonly used side dish in this cuisine and is also used in soups, stews, rice and as accompaniment to other dishes. Based on geography and season, various vegetables are used to make kimchi, the most common one being chinese cabbage. At my last visit to the small Asian grocery store in the neighboring town, I shopped specifically for kimchi and made some Kimchi Bokumbop or Kimchi Fried Rice. As with all other dishes, home made kimchi is supposed to be far tastier than the store bought ones but since the fried rice tasted good, I'm not complaining! Here's my version, based on various recipes on the net.

Kimchi Fried Rice

Heat some oil in a pan and fry one crushed garlic and a tbsp of chopped onion. Saute for about a minute. Then add about a cup of chopped kimchi and fry for 3-4 minutes. Add 1 tbsp of gochujang (Korean red pepper paste), 1 tsp soy sauce and about 2 cups of cooked rice and mix well. Garnish with chopped spring onions and serve with a fried egg on top or side. The fried egg I made was quite sad-looking, so did not feature it here :)

52 comments:

Prathibha said...

nice colour for fried rice......lovely look..

Sharmila said...

Is it Korean pickled vegetables Vani? My experience with kimchi is limited to the salads that are served on the side.
This dish looks awesome & sounds easy! :-)

LG said...

Rice color tumba chennagide Vani. Try maadbeku yavagadru

Shama Nagarajan said...

yummy rice

Gita's Kitchen said...

I too have seen jars of Kimchi in supermarkets recently...I did'nt know what to do with them. Your fried rice is a good recipe, looks delicious too :) I should try it out soon :)

delhibelle said...

What a gorgeous, fiery colour!

Asha said...

Beautiful dish. I saw a jar of Kimchi at the groceries but didn't buy it. Should try sometime! :)

SJ said...

I have heard kimchi, ahem...STINKS. Can I really go buy a bottle?

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Vani said...

Pratibha - tahnks ;)

Sharmila - yeah, the very same. Just chopped up and fried and mixed with rice :)

LG- rich color, alva?

Shama- thanks :)

Gita - so good if u found kimchi in a regular super market. Mine does not carry that.

Delhibelle - yeah, fiery looking for sure :)

Asha - thanks and you should try it sometime :)

SJ- when u first open the jar, it sure stinks. I think it's the frying that tones it down. Garlic helps too. Rice tasted really good. Definitely worth a try, I think :)

Priya said...

Gorgeous,eyecatching fried rice..looks yum!

Happy cook said...

Wow such vibrant colour, looks beautiful and delicous.

Ashwini said...

Wow lovely and vibrant color. Looks delicious.

Mangala Bhat said...

wow! nice pic .....very colorful ..:)

fourthsensesamayal said...

Wow Wow Wow the dish as well as the presentation and more than that the photography looks really great. keep it going. Nice blog on the whole. I am a total fresher to samayal and just came across ur blog. Do take a look at mine when u find time. :)

Bong Mom said...

Vani

Your Global cuisine makes me drool. Lovely looking dish

sandeepa

Arch said...

Love kimchi, tried a bibimbap a few days back, but not with kimchi...must give this a try...

Cham said...

This one would be the spiciest rice, right? Very tempting ur rice :)

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Vani lovely picture and the dish is so tempting that I wouldnt bother to grab it if wasnt virtual...

meeso said...

That's a great pic, really shows off the colorful rice!

Pooja said...

Lovely color vani..Eye catchy..Looking delicious..

Pavithra said...

Nice picture vani , really tempting me .. Nice clicks as well

Vani said...

Priya, HC, Ashwini, Mangala - thanks for the comments :)

4thsense Samayal - thanks for stopping by and your nice comment! Will be over to check your blog soon! and welcome to the food blogging world :)

San- thanks :)

Arrch - did a quick stopover to check the bibimbap. will need to dig deeper. left u a comment on the bahut saara matar :)

Cham - it wasn;t as spicy as it looked but quite spicy nonetheless. that red pepper paste really rocks :)

Ramya, Meeso, Pavithra, Pooja- thanks for the nice comments, girls :)

Mandira said...

that's one colorful plate :)

Nazish Rahman said...

Hmm...seems its very easy to make and fast...would try it!!!

If korean red pepper is not available then can we go for any red pepper!!

Jaya said...

Vani,
looks so delicious and fast to prepare also..
hugs and smiles

anudivya said...

What a lovely color on the rice Vani... I will have to try this sometime.

TBC said...

The pic says it all. :D That rice looks fantastic!!

Divya Vikram said...

Have heard abt Kimchi.. looks delectable!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Oh wow delsih....Thise gorgeous green spring onions look awesome...

A_and_N said...

the fried rice does look spicy! even i've heard from my friends that home made kimchi rules :) you are in-charge of what you add ;)

Vani said...

Mandira - thanks :)

Nazish - thanks for stopping by! gochujang is not exactly made with red peppers (i have to change the description) but is a condiment made with red chilli powder and is rather spicy.

Jaya, Anu, TBC, Divya, KF - thanks, girls! :)

A&N - yeah, home made always rules :) making kimchi at home is a long process and definitely worthwhile for people who use it often.

Parita said...

Hi Vani, first time here..lovely collection of recipes :)
the rice looks very delicious..

Kay said...

A friend of mine is behind me to make kimchi at home... esp. since one cabbage results in a really big amount of kimchi. I was a bit apprehensive till now - maybe I'll give it a try.

Vani, Kimchi fried rice looks great.

ARUNA said...

awesome.......gorgeous color!!!!!

Sharmi said...

hey Vani, nice and new recipe. the color is very inviting! I have a question. How are you able to post such a huge picture. I tried to increase the pixel but messed up! pls do tell me.

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

wow amazing pics in your blog.. wonderful.

Vani said...

Parita- thanks for stopping by and the comment! :)

Kay - making it at home is a pretty long process but would be totally worth it! thanks for the comment, Kay :)

Aruna- thanks :)

Sharmi - thanks! I uploaded it to Flickr and then linked the picture here. Saves memory space on blogger too.

Mahima - thanks! :)

Sanghi said...

Very good one..! Love it! Lovely click too Vani!!

Chitra said...

looks rich vani,kimchi is new to me..lovely click!!

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

im new to ur blog..
beautiful presentation vani..i had gone through 10-15 recipe of urs..too many to see..so shall post comments 4 each later..wonderful presentation :)

Pavithra Kodical said...

Looks very beautiful and delicious :)

rahin said...

the rice looks very colorful n tasty

Vicky Xavier. said...

The fried rice and the presentation looks very inviting. Should try this some time soon.

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Mallugirl said...

what a beautiful color of the rice.. is it from the kimchi or from the red sauce? anyway, looks nice and inviting.

Laavanya said...

The colour of that dish leaves me salivating - simply awesome.

Vani said...

Sanghi, Chitra - thanks :)

Lena- welcome! and thanks for the comment!

Pavithra-, Rahin- thanks :)

Vicky- thanks for the invite. will defintiely try to participate in the event :)

Mallugirl - thanks! I think both brought on that color but mainly the gochujang. Fiery red!

LAVANYA - thanks :)

An Indian's Makeup Blog ! said...

Totally droolworthy !

Vani said...

AIMB - thanks for stopping by and the comment. Heading over to check your blog :)

Madhuram said...

I've nevery tried any Korean dish so far but this one looks very good and is easy to prepare also. I've not yet explore the asian markets here. Will look for the kimchi paste.

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