Stir-fry is a comfort food to me. Reminds me of home and my mom, since I or she often prepared it with rave reviews from the family. I don’t know that we ever settled on any particular recipe. We were always trying new twists on the old classic, either from our own imagination or by inspiration from cookbooks~many times Taste of Home. But the one thing that did remain the same was the wonderful, warm, nutty aroma of the Basmati rice that always went along with our stir-frys.
Please excuse me for a moment while I get on my “rice soapbox”. If you love, love the regular old white rice that can be found anywhere, bless your heart. But let me assure you that all rice is not created equal. And if you never have before, maybe you’d like to venture out into the world of rice~to see for yourself just how fabulous other rice can be!
In the early years my mom prepared the regular rice and sometimes brown rice . . . but when we were introduced to Basmati Rice, we never looked back! It is the most aromatic, fluffy, flavorful rice I have ever eaten.
Jasmine rice is another fabulous rice. When we first married, I cooked mostly Jasmine because that’s what husband liked due to an Asian brother-in-law who only, only, only eats Jasmine.
From my understanding, Basmati is eaten mostly by people from East India while the Jasmine is consumed by Japan, China, Thailand, etc. Maybe someone can educate me more on this, but this is what I’ve been able to figure out.
So anyway, on a visit home a couple of years after we were married, my mom was again cooking Basmati, and I just had to stand still and breath deep of the wonderful goodness. I decided then and there that we would try to keep BOTH kinds of rice in our house at all times.
As for this particular stir-fry recipe, it’s one that I picked up from my SIL Tilda who got it from some lady who probably got it from someone else . . . But still, she’s the first person to have served it to me, so my recipe says, “Tilda’s Stir-Fry”. The thing I love most about it is the white sauce that goes with it. Just soooo delicious.
Fry meat (of choice) in a bit of oil (I use coconut oil) and set aside.
Fry vegetables (either prepackaged frozen stir-fry veggies or your own mixture) in oil with soy sauce, red pepper, paprika, minced garlic, seasoning salt.
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
6 drops soy sauce (of more if you’re like me . . .)
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
3 Tablespoons sugar
4 pinches ground ginger (I use fresh if it’s in my frig!)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (or again, fresh!)
1/4 cup water
Mix together and serve with your Basmati Rice and Stir-Fried Veggies.
Tip: Make plenty of all of the above so that you DO have leftovers! Probably the most-fought-over leftovers at home in my mom’s kitchen were the stir-fry fixings! We’d heat the leftover rice and stir-fry together, place it in a tortilla, and eat quickly before some less fortunate soul wandered into the kitchen and asked to share!!
P.S. Oh, and as you probably noticed, the picture above isn’t mine. Good ole’ free online photo files came to my rescue. I’d love to share more recipes with you . . . and since my kitchen and time don’t always allow me the leisure of food photo shoots, I will sometimes resort to using the freebies!