Stir fries are not just a great option when you have a lot of veggies in your kitchen but it also a tasty and healthy way of getting your kids to eat their greens. This oriental style of cooking is the best way to use up all the leftover veggies that you couldn’t use up in your pasta or pizza.. But it only works if it’s got that perfect crunch and slightly cooked flavor. And the best part? The sauce! Pick the sauce that best suits your taste buds and mix it well so that it evenly coats all your veggies.
To help you master your skills with stir frying, Chef Gautam Mehrishi shares some easy and effective tips. Scroll up and watch the video.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind for a perfect stir fry-
Pick the right oil
Chef Mehrishi recommends using dense and strong flavored oils such as groundnut oil, sesame oil, soy bean oil or vegetable oil. Since Chinese cooking happens on a high flame, the oil must have a high smoke point, preferably above 400 F.
Pick the right vessel
Stir frying should always be done in a deep skillet or a wok. This is important to avoid wastage or spilling when you toss the vegetables. Chef Mehrishi recommends using a cast iron or a food grade powder coated wok for the purpose of stir frying. He also advises that the wok must have a long wooden handle for easy and safe handling. Pick a wok with sides that are rounded and tapering and not sharp and perpendicular.
Pick the right vegetables
It is important to pick vegetables that are fresh and crunchy. Stale veggies shrink and become mushy and using them in your stir fries would completely ruin the taste and texture. So pick vegetables that are inherently low in moisture and dried completely before use.
Setting up the pan
It’s important to keep the flame high throughout the cooking process. Pour oil along the sides of the pan. According to Chef Mehrishi, this gives you a better idea of the total amount of oil you require. Always add the vegetables from the side rather than plonking them in the center. This is because the temperature of the wok may drop and affect the cooking. One trick that helps you identify that the oil is hot enough, is when it settles at the center of the pan.
Add in the vegetables one by one. You should hear the sizzling sound on adding the vegetables. Toss the vegetables well. Never let the temperature of your wok drop. A good stir fry will have a smoky flavor and crunch.
Add in the sauce of your choice
When the vegetables begin to get a brownish tinge at the sides, it’s time for you to add in the sauce. Add in the sauce spoon by spoon and from the sides. Toss again so that the vegetables get evenly coated with the sauce. Transfer the mixture in a bowl. You stir fry is ready to be served.
Vegetables used for stir fries
The commonly used vegetables used for stir frying are- carrots, onions, bell peppers, cabbage, beans, broccoli, mushrooms, bean sprouts and zucchini. Always cut the vegetables evenly for stir frying.