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Garlic & onion fried rice, sambal & mashed avocado

Bettina Campolucci Bordi

A Balinese-inspired recipe from Bettina Campolucci Bordi’s vegan cookbook, from Happy Food 

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10 mins


10-15 mins






  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, for frying
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
  • 2 shallots, sliced
  • 440g brown rice, cooked
  • Sesame seeds, to serve
  • Lime wedges, to serve (optional)

For the sambal (makes 1 x 200g jar)

  • 1 Thai chilli
  • ½ shallot
  • 1 medjool date, stoned (pitted)
  • ½ tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp grated fresh root ginger
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 1 tomato, deseeded and chopped
  • ½ red (bell) pepper, deseeded and roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • A squeeze of lime juice
  • 60ml olive oil

For the sides

  • A handful of broccolini
  • A handful of kale
  • A couple of pak choi (bok choy)
  • 1 avocado, mashed until smooth


Put all the sambal ingredients into a food processor and blitz until you get a sauce-like consistency. Pour into a jar or an airtight container that can easily be stored in the fridge. This will keep for more than a week in the fridge.

Bring a medium saucepan of water to the boil and blanch the broccoli stems, kale and pak choi for a few mins, remove with a slotted spoon and set aside on kitchen paper.

Heat a large pan over a medium heat and add the coconut oil, garlic and shallots and fry until golden brown. Add the cooked rice and stir-fry until all the ingredients are well combined and the rice is slightly golden.

Divide between 2 bowls and top with a handful of the broccoli and kale and a spoonful of avocado. Serve with a good dollop of fresh and zingy sambal and a sprinkling of sesame seeds. I love my bowl with an extra helping of baby spinach for added greens and a lime wedge for zing.

Everything except for the mashed avocado can be frozen.

Recipe from Happy Food: Fast, Fresh, Simple Vegan (Hardie Grant)

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