My mother's fried rice is a very simple poor man's fried rice. The reason I am sharing this recipe with you is because of the inclusion of tomato ketchup in the seasonings, which I found rather unique. My mother Mrs Mumtaz Begum came to Singapore in 1977 at the age of 35 with her three young kids in tow with no knowledge of English. Having grown up in India, she was and still very fleunt in Tamil. I remember nostalgically how she would refuse to go for English speaking lessons when we tried to coax her. She was awfully shy and said she would rather manage with her broken English.
We grew up with some hard times as my father had opened a private school and was struggling to keep it afloat. Sometimes, there wouldn't even be bread in our cupboard. We, the kids, were in our own world of friends, books and exams and didn't realise the intensity of our hardship then. My mother had to manage with whatever vegs was in the fridge that day. So she came up with simple fried rice that used very basic ingredients of carrot, beans and potato. When we had eggs in our pantry, it was a big bonus for us!
I share this recipe with you so that you can try and taste a slightly soury spicy and what I call a poor man's fried rice, courtesy of my mom. But she used to deep fry the vegetables - this was way before the whole clean cooking concept was introduced. The vegetables are steamed here for a healthier version. My mom now 74, is quite fleunt in English and can carry a conversation with a taxi driver or with her doctor too! Sometimes, when put in the deep end of the pool, you hv no choice but to quickly swim to stay afloat!
Ingredients (Serves 4)