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  • For Fried Rice
  • Jasmine Rice : 2 Cups(Cooked)
  • Eggs : 2 Nos.
  • Shrimps : 10-12 Nos.
  • Mushrooms - 5-6 Pieces
  • Onions : 1 No.
  • Garlic : 3-4 Cloves
  • Tomato - 1 No
  • Bird's Eye Chillies : 2 Nos.
  • Oil - 3 Tbspn
  • For the Sauce
  • Thai Chilli Paste : 3 Tbspn
  • Galangal : 5 Slices
  • Lemon Grass : 2 Stalks
  • Kaffir Lime Leaves : 5 Leaves
  • Thai/Bird's Eye Chillies : 3-4 Nos.
  • Fish Sauce - 1 1/2 Tbspn
  • Soy Sauce - 1 1/2 Tbspn
  • Lime Juice - 2 Tbspn
  • Salt - To Taste
  • Sugar - 1 Tspn
  • To Garnish
  • Scallions - Few
  • Coriander Leaves - Few.


    For the Sauce :

    Cut Lemon Grass Stalks into small pieces, use just the white part of it.

    Remove the center rib and thinly Slice Kaffir Lime Leaves.

    Peel and thinly slice Galangal.

    Pound the above ingredients along with Thai Chillies into a fine paste in a Stone Mortar and Pestle.

    Add the remaining ingredients mentioned under 'For the Sauce' to the ground paste and mix well.

    NOTE: *Alternatively, grind all the ingredients in a mixer-grinder/blender with very less water into a fine paste.

    For a detailed recipe of how to cook Jasmine / Fragrant Rice, click here...
    For Fried Rice:

    Cook the fragrant rice as per instruction and allow it cool.
    Peel, De-vein and Clean the Shrimps.
    Heat 2 Tspn of Oil in a large pan, fry or scramble the Eggs.
    Remove it from the pan and keep it aside.
    Heat the remaining oil and sauté finely chopped Onions, Garlic and Thai Chillies until onions turn translucent.
    Add finely chopped Tomatoes and cook until its softened.
    Add in the ground sauce mix and fry for a while
    Add in the Shrimps and Mushrooms to the above and toss it briefly in low flame or until Shrimps are cooked.
    Add cooked Fragrant Rice and mix it well until every grain is well coated with the sauce.
    Stir in Scrambled Eggs to the rice.
    Fry the rice in high flame until the rice is dry.
    Switch off the flame.
    Garnish the fired rice with Scallions and Coriander Leaves.
    Serve it hot with any side dish of your choice.
    Goes well with Thai Style Fried Egg, Pandan Chicken etc.,

    NOTES :

    Any fragrant long-grained rice variety can be used for the recipe.
    Use a day old cooked rice for best results. Obviously keep them refrigerated.
    Tom Yum Fried Rice has a lot of Sauces in it, so make sure that the cooked rice is quite dry.
    Also make sure to saute the Sauce until oil separates from it, this is to ensure that it less saucy and more flavourful.
    Adjust the amount of Thai Chillies to suit your spice level.
    Can add any vegetable of your choice in this Fried Rice.
    Can substitute Shrimps with Chicken Pieces, Fish or any other Seafood.
    Can fry the Eggs and use them as a side dish or scramble them up and mix along with the fried rice.


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