Peas Peppers Garlic "Fried" Rice - no-mess, garlicky, delicious

With roast chicken recipes out there that call for 40 cloves of garlic, I don't see why you can't do it with rice. I mean, not 40 cloves of garlic in rice but the idea of getting garlic-infused rice. Garlic Fried Rice with (Chinese) Dried Anchovies, Sweet Peas and Red Peppers. First, does it look like fried rice to you?

I am a lazy cook. I hate washing the wok with the aftermath of fried rice! Well, in order for the fried rice not to stick to the wok (I don't use a non-stick pan), I have to use lots of oil and high-heat cooking too - which is incidentally NOT my style of cooking. So I pre-fried all the ingredients (including aromatics) WITHOUT the rice, in the wok. At the same time, have the rice cooked separately in the rice cooker. The advantage? You don't even need a huge wok to contain all the rice in the frying wok! Just a normal pan to pre-fry the ingredients (and aromatics) will do.

Garlic Fried Rice with (Chinese) Dried Anchovies, Sweet Peas and Red Peppers

Ingredients: 5-6 cloves garlic, finely minced; 1-2 green onions, finely diced, separate white and green portions; 5-6 dried anchovies; handful of sweet peas (to be thawed, if frozen); half red bell peppers, finely diced; cilantro for garlic; 1-2 tsp soy sauce; salt and freshly ground white pepper to taste.

Directions: Cook the rice in the rice cooker. Separately, pre-fry anchovies, garlic, white portions of green onions in a pan. When fragrant, add bell peppers and sweet peas and fry the mixture till cooked. Add soy sauce, salt and pepper to taste. When the mixture is cooked, set aside and wait for rice to cook in the rice cooker.

When rice is cooked, add in the pre-fried garlic mixture into the rice cooker pot and fluff up with the cooked rice. Garnish with cilantro and remaining green portions of the green onions. More white pepper if you prefer. Cover rice cooker and allow the flavors to combine and infuse.

Now, can you even tell it is not fried rice, technically? Even if it looks like one ;p

I'm sharing this no-mess garlicky delicious "fried" rice with Hearth and Soul .

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