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Hot and Sour Vegetables with 3-Pepper Rice | Chinese Combo Meal

What is this dish all about?

Hot and Sour Veggies is a bursting medley of flavours of Asian Veggies in a tangy, Spicy Umami Sauce. Served with Steamed Three pepper Rice.

Hot & Sour Veggies with 3 pepper rice was to be the pick when I asked my lil one what she would like from a
cookbook that I opened to her. Like I mentioned in the Rajma-Pepper Quesedillas and PaneerBharwa Capsicumposts, she quite takes to this veggie easily and thus could serve it for dinner last weekend.

All it takes a little planning, and a whole lot of sauces and chopping… Rest assured, it would simply vanish with some more brownie points to your cooking ! 

Do try it out and let me know how you and your family liked it.. .Off to the recipe now – 

Prep time : 30 mins | Cook time : 30 mins | Serves: 3 generously ! 

Cuisine : Asian Veg (Chinese fare)

Combo Meal : So, serve these two together for a hearty meal.

Hot and Sour Veggies is a bursting medley of flavours of Asian Veggies in a tangy, Spicy Umami Sauce. Served with Steamed Three pepper Rice.Pin

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Tips and Tricks to make a great combo meal:

  • This dish  contains no added MSG or thickening agents. In fact I substituted cornflour with homemade rice flour, and it worked well.
  • Use any combo of veggies for the Hot and Sour Gravy. As I had a medley of Capsicum and other veggies, I used them aplenty. Baby Corn, Mushroom, Bokchoy, Broccoli – all work well
  • The 3-pepper Rice is a combo of Serrano peppers, bell peppers and white pepper powder. Adjust spice accordingly.
  • To add some protein, Sauteed Tofu / Panner / Chicken all work.
  • You can omit the Soya Sauce if you want it SOy-Free.

Ingredients to make Hot and Sour Veggies with Three-Pepper Rice:

(A)  Three-Pepper Rice :

  • 1 cup Long grained rice
  • 1/2 cup each Bell Peppers ( I used Red, Yellow, Green, Purple)
  • 1 medium Onion
  • 1/2 tsp White pepper powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • Sesame Oil 2 TBSP
  • 1 tsp Garlic (chopped) 
  • 1/2 inch Ginger (grated)
  • 1 Serrano pepper (opt.)

(B)  Hot and Sour Vegetables:

  • 1/2 cup Bell Peppers
  • 1 medium Onions (Cubed)
  • 1/4 cup Baby Corn (chopped into thick juilennes)
  • 1/4 cup Broccoli florets
  • 1 Asparagus (Cut lengthwise,optional)
  • 1/2 TBSP Soya Sauce (I used Low Sodium)
  • 2 TBSP Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Tomato Puree
  • 1/2 tsp White Pepper Powder
  • 1 tsp Brown Sugar
  • 2 tsp Rice Flour
  • 3 TBSP Warm water
  • 2 cups Homemade Vegetable Stock (click here how to make this stock at home with veg scraps)
  • 1/4 tsp Salt  (mind you, the sauces contain salt, so add in moderation)
  • 1/2 tsp Red chilli sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger 
  • 2 pods Garlic (minced)

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Hot and Sour Veggies is a bursting medley of flavours of Asian Veggies in a tangy, Spicy Umami Sauce. Served with Steamed Three pepper Rice.Pin

Method to make Hot and Sour Veggies with Three-Pepper Rice:

Prep Work:

  1. Wash and soak the rice for 15 mins. Drain. Cook till fluffy and separate the grains and keep aside. Cool throughly. 
  2. Alternately, you can use previously cooked and cooled rice also in this recipe ! 
  3. Chop the baby corn, broccoli, asparagus and blanch in slightly salted water for 3-4 mins. Transfer to a bowl
    of ice and let them remain there, Drain after 4-5 mins.

How to prepare the Hot & Sour Veggies:

  1. Heat oil, sauté the onions, ginger and garlic. Add the peppers and sauté for 3 mins till they turn crunchy. 
  2. Now add the blanched and drained veggies and sauté once more for 2 mins. 
  3. Add the sauces, salt, tomato puree and toss once.
  4. Tip in the vegetable stock and let the veggies cook till done, but not mushy – about 7-8 mins.  
  5. Dissolve the rice flour in warm water and add to the gravy. 
  6. Now add the brown sugar and white pepper powder . Adjust spice and serve with 3-pepper rice (recipe below)
Hot and Sour Veggies is a bursting medley of flavours of Asian Veggies in a tangy, Spicy Umami Sauce. Served with Steamed Three pepper Rice.Pin

How to make the 3-pepper rice:

  1. In a large wok, heat oil. Saute ginger and garlic , onions and chopped peppers, add the slit Serrano peppers, salt, and sauté till onions turn translucent (about 5-7 mins on medium flame).
  2. Now add the white pepper powder, cooked rice.
  3. Toss once taking care not to break the grains. 
  4. Adjust salt and spice.
  5. Serve immediately with the Hot and Sour Vegetables for a yummy vegetarian and Vegan Chinese Combo Meal.
Hot and Sour Veggies is a bursting medley of flavours of Asian Veggies in a tangy, Spicy Umami Sauce. Served with Steamed Three pepper Rice.Pin

Hot and Sour Veggies with Three Pepper Rice | Chinese Combo Meal

Kalyani
Hot and Sour Veggies is a bursting medley of flavours of Asian Veggies in a tangy, Spicy Umami Sauce. Served with Steamed Three pepper Rice.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Combo Meal, Main Course
Cuisine Asian Veg, Indo Chinese
Servings 3 servings

Equipment

  • 1 Kadai / Wok
  • Ladle
  • Knife

Ingredients
  

(A)  Ingredients for Three-Pepper Rice :

  • 1 cup Long grained rice Basmati works well.
  • 1 cup Bell Peppers I used Red, Yellow, Green, Purple – all 1/4 cup each
  • 1 Onion medium
  • 1/2 tsp White pepper powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 2 TBSP Sesame oil
  • 1 tsp Garlic chopped
  • 1/2 inch Ginger grated
  • 1 Serrano pepper opt.

(B)  Ingredients for Hot and Sour Vegetables:

  • 1/2 cup Bell Peppers
  • 1 Onions medium, Cubed
  • 1/4 cup Baby Corn chopped into thick juilennes
  • 1/4 cup Broccoli florets
  • 1 Asparagus Cut lengthwise,optional
  • 1/2 TBSP Soya Sauce I used Low Sodium
  • 2 TBSP Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Tomato Puree
  • 1/2 tsp White Pepper Powder
  • 1 tsp Brown Sugar
  • 2 tsp Rice Flour
  • 3 TBSP Warm water
  • 2 cups Homemade Vegetable Stock
  • 1/4 tsp Salt mind you, the sauces contain salt, so add in moderation
  • 1/2 tsp Red chilli sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger
  • 2 pods Garlic minced

Instructions
 

Prep Work:

  • Wash and soak the rice for 15 mins. Drain. Cook till fluffy and separate the grains and keep aside. Cool throughly.
  • Alternately, you can use previously cooked and cooled rice also in this recipe !
  • Chop the baby corn, broccoli, asparagus and blanch in slightly salted water for 3-4 mins. Transfer to a bowl
of ice and let them remain there, Drain after 4-5 mins.

How to prepare the Hot & Sour Veggies:

  • Heat oil, sauté the onions, ginger and garlic. Add the peppers and sauté for 3 mins till they turn crunchy.
  • Now add the blanched and drained veggies and sauté once more for 2 mins.
  • Add the sauces, salt, tomato puree and toss once.
  • Tip in the vegetable stock and let the veggies cook till done, but not mushy – about 7-8 mins.
  • Dissolve the rice flour in warm water and add to the gravy.
  • Now add the brown sugar and white pepper powder . Adjust spice and serve with 3-pepper rice (recipe below)

How to make the 3-pepper rice:

  • In a large wok, heat oil. Saute ginger and garlic , onions and chopped peppers, add the slit Serrano peppers, salt, and sauté till onions turn translucent (about 5-7 mins on medium flame).
Now add the white pepper powder, cooked rice.
  • Toss once taking care not to break the grains.
  • Adjust salt and spice.
  • Serve immediately with the Hot and Sour Vegetables for a yummy vegetarian and Vegan Chinese Combo Meal.
  • This dish  contains no added MSG or thickening agents. In fact I substituted cornflour with homemade rice flour, and it worked well.
  • Use any combo of veggies for the Hot and Sour Gravy. As I had a medley of Capsicum and other veggies, I used them aplenty.
  • The 3-pepper Rice is a combo of Serrano peppers, bell peppers and white pepper powder. Adjust spice accordingly.
  • To add some protein, Sauteed Tofu / Panner / Chicken all work.
  • You can omit the Soya Sauce if you want it SOy-Free.

Notes

Tips and Tricks to make a great Combo Meal !
  1. This dish  contains no added MSG or thickening agents. In fact I substituted cornflour with homemade rice flour, and it worked well.
  2. Use any combo of veggies for the Hot and Sour Gravy. As I had a medley of Capsicum and other veggies, I used them aplenty. Baby Corn, Mushroom, Bokchoy, Broccoli – all work well
  3. The 3-pepper Rice is a combo of Serrano peppers, bell peppers and white pepper powder. Adjust spice accordingly.
  4. To add some protein, Sauteed Tofu / Panner / Chicken all work.
  5. You can omit the Soya Sauce if you want it Soy-Free.
Keyword Combo Meals, Hot and Sour VEggies, Indo Chinese
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20 Comments

  1. MySpicyKitchen

    You tried all three cuisines with these peppers! Liked all your bell peppers recipes for this theme. Chinese combo meal looks amazing, yum!

  2. Looks too good!!

  3. cookingwithsapana

    Chiense veggies and rice looks yummy ! Enjoyed your series….

  4. That's too much of a love Kalyani..I guess I could easily as you to make full month marathon just these veggies..:)

  5. Chef Mireille

    that is one combo I would love for sure

  6. Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    This is my kind of combo! Lovely 🙂

  7. Lovely spread!

  8. Priya Suresh

    I can have this hot and sour vegetables just like that with some white rice.. delicious..

  9. Mayuri Patel

    5 stars
    This is what I like about Indo Chinese Vegetable dishes., one can use a variety of veggies. A perfect way to get the whole family to enjoy vegetables. Am a fan of hot and sour vegetables and yours looks so good.

  10. 5 stars
    love Indo-Chinese cuisine and this hot and this hot and sour veggies with rice is simply out of the world. will try adding it to our meal plan for the week.

  11. 5 stars
    I too have a soft corner for peppers . 3 pepper rice with the yumm hot and sour veggies is perfect for the blr weather now . How I wish I can grab some now .

  12. 5 stars
    It is very interesting combo. I love hot and sour veggies on a rainy day. Ages since i made them at home, so surely this is for the week.

  13. Shobha Keshwani

    5 stars
    This Indo Chinese combo is perfect for the unpredictable and prolonged Mumbai rains. The soup looks delicious accompanied with three pepper fried rice.

  14. Jayashree T.Rao

    5 stars
    Indo- Chinese cuisine and my children are super happy. This looks delicious with an array of vegetables in it.

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