Thursday, August 20, 2009

Thermomix 'Fried' Rice

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This is a very easy, quick and healthy way to make a big batch of fried rice. It easily feeds our family of six, with leftovers. The rice, veges and egg are actually steamed - no oil is needed. You can use basmati rice and it will cook in about 20 minutes, or with brown rice it will cook in 35 minutes. And you don't have to stand there stirring! Thanks to my friend Nancy for teaching me this method years ago with bacon and veges - there's lots of possible variations, so be creative and make up your own versions too. You can use as much meat and veges as will fit in the Varoma - I've just given some suggestions, not definite amounts.

1. Place rice basket into Thermomix bowl, and weigh in:
- 400g of raw rice (or less if you want a smaller batch).

2. Remove basket, and pour into bowl:
- 400g coconut milk
- 500g water (for white or basmati rice) / 700g water (for brown rice)

3. Rinse rice under tap, then place basket back in bowl. Fasten lid onto bowl, place Varoma on top, and start cooking - Varoma temperature, 20 mins (white) or 35 mins (brown), speed 4.

4. While rice begins cooking, chop up meat and/or veges, placing it into the Varoma as you go.
(I do it this way, as it's quicker than preparing it all then starting the cooking. I put each ingredient in as it's prepared, replacing Varoma lid each time - meat, then hard veges, then quicker cooking veges - that way the hard and soft veges and the meat are all finished cooking at the same time.)

5.  Place the cubed meat in the bottom of the Varoma in a single layer, then top with the preferred veges:
- 100g - 200g of cubed chicken or fish and/or prawns (you can marinate it for a little while first in some soy sauce, curry powder, garlic, ginger, and honey, or whatever marinade you prefer)
  (or some chopped bacon, preferably organic)
- 1 sliced onion/shallots/leeks
- carrots, sliced or julienned
- celery, sliced
- kohlrabi, thin strips or julienned
- broccoli/cauliflower florets
- cabbage, shredded
- spinach/silverbeet, sliced
- frozen peas & corn
- cashews or slivered almonds (opt.)

6. Line the top Varoma tray with a piece of wet baking paper, and pour in:
- 4 to 5 eggs, whisked
Replace lid, and leave to steam.

7. Check meat, veges, egg and rice after 20 mins to make sure they're all cooked. (With basmati rice, it's generally cooked after about 17 minutes, but I just leave it for the full 20, and everything's usually done by then. With brown rice, just add the veges when there's only 15 minutes left to go, and add the eggs when there's 5 minutes left, and they should be done at the same time as the rice that way.)

8. Remove Varoma and place lid underneath.  Remove rice basket using spatula, and tip rice into Varoma bowl.  Add the meat and veges. Slice the egg up in tray (see photo) and tip into Varoma bowl with rice.  Season with some tamari sauce / soy sauce / sweet chilli sauce, mix together gently, and serve!


Slice egg in the tray and add to rice and veges.


Serve fried rice in the Varoma bowl with the lid underneath to catch any drips.

115 comments:

Thermomixer said...

Great work Jo - good to see somebody making omelettes in the Varoma tray - so efficient.

Jo said...

Thanks - it's such an easy way to cook eggs, and no mess!

brazen's crafts said...

will you please stop posting recipes i want to try, you're clogging up my blog reader LOL

Jo said...

Ha ha! Don't worry, I'm not always this prolific - my inspiration seems to come in short bursts!

Anonymous said...

I made this for dinner tonight and my family loved it. Thanks for sharing the recipe Jo!
Chelsea

Anonymous said...

This looks simple and nice. I will try..I'm newbie to cooking and newbie to thermomixer. Thanks for sharing Jo. :)

Denise said...

Hi Jo,
I made halve recipe of this lovely Fried Rice tonight for dinner.It was delicious and have lefters for tomorrow.

Cookie1 said...

Jo, we had this for dinner last night with a quiche. Very nice. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Thanks! Your instructions were so easy to follow and it turned out just great. The best part is that my kids ate it all and asked for seconds!

LellyJ said...

Thanks for this recipe, I can see that I will be re-inventing and tweaking this dish as a regular work night I-need-something-quick dinner! This was the first time I used the varoma and found the whole process quite magical! And such fluffy rice! Thanks for so generously sharing your knowledge and expertise!

Iwa Brown said...

Jo, just made this for lunch - so yummy! I added some freshly squeezed lemon juice at the end and also some additive free peanut butter... yum! Thanks for the recipe!

Jo Whitton said...

What a great idea, Iwa!

LellyJ said...

Ha ha, I cooked this tonight and thought I really should leave a comment to let Jo know how much I appreciate this recipe--then I found I already did . . . back in January!!

Jo Whitton said...

That's funny, LellyJ! I don't mind if you comment lots of times!! :D xx

Anonymous said...

Why do you put coconut milk in with the water?? Do you use the liquid for something that is not a part of this recipe?

Jo Whitton said...

I just love the flavour of rice cooked in coconut milk, but it's optional - you can use all water if you'd rather. You don't end up with much liquid at the end, as it soaks into the rice and evaporates with the steam. :)

Kristen said...

I love this recipe, my tweak as i don't really like coconut rice is to cook the rice in stock. gives the rice a great depth of flavour. My husband asked hopefully last night whether it was healthy, I was glad to say yes! I think it would also be good with wild rice.

The singapore noodles are great too.

Jo Whitton said...

Great idea Kristen! Another way is to mince up 4 cloves garlic in the tmx, add some salt and the water, and cook the rice in that - yum!

Love your husband's question! :D

Thanks, Jo :)

SimonM said...

I tried it and followed the recipe exactly. All good and very delicious. Only one problem was the egg didn't set on top paper lined tray - the bottom cooked but not the top. I extended the time by 5mins then another 5mins. Eventually I poured off the unset part. Any ideas on what I did wrong? Am keen to try it again soon it was great.

Jo Whitton said...

Hi Simon, I would say the eggs weren't getting enough steam. Next time, make sure the paper doesn't cover the side vents on the top tray, and that there's a hole poked through the middle of the veges in the bottom tray so that plenty of steam is getting through. Probably there wasn't a lot of liquid left when you tried to resteam them, so there wouldn't have been much steam anyway. You could put the eggs on a bit earlier if you wanted to - just keep an eye on them and take them off once they're done.
Jo :)

SimonM said...

Hi Jo, it worked perfectly this time - love it.

Jo Whitton said...

Yay!! I'm so glad :)

Jolene said...

thanks, Jo - this was awesome! we only had coconut cream but we just whizzed that a bit & increased the water amount by about 90ml just to make sure there was enough liquid. my 5yo dd licked her bowl! about to have some leftovers for lunch. thanks!!

Apprentice Domestic Goddess said...

I made this tonight with our leftover roast pork and it was fabulous! So much lighter than fried rice in the electric skillet :) .

Thank you for all the great kitchen ideas!

Jo Whitton said...

That's great - so glad you liked it! You're welcome :)

Sonia Shepherd said...

Thank you for this recipe Jo, it's lovely and light. First time I have eaten rice like this without feeling yuck afterwards. I loved my 4yr old response to it..."Mum this dinner is not great so I really don't think I can finish this." He did give it a go and ate enough so that he could have dessert. Lot's of vegies in it so this is partly a compliment as he didn't say he didn't like it. lol

Jo Whitton said...

Ha ha, that's funny Sonia! Glad you liked it at least :D
Jo xx

Trace said...

Thanks Jo, this recipe is genius! I made mine vegetarian and used brown rice, then just added in some chopped roast chicken and sauteed bacon at the end for the rest of the family. Our four year old polished off a large bowl. I'll be making this often.

Anonymous said...

Jo, just tried your recipe tonight. It's lovely. The thermomix never ceases to amaze me, ithas changed my life completely!

Thanks,
Jacqie

Anonymous said...

Thanks Jo, this was a hit with the boys, especially seeing they were asking for "Fried Rice" from the shop around the corner! Even the big boy liked it! I think this may become our new "takeaway!".

Anonymous said...

Great recipe, it was delicious once I finally got it all cooked.Im new to the thermo world so Im just getting the hang of it. I had a similar problem to an earlier post, the egg took ages to cook & my chicken was a little bit unevenly cooked so I had to cook it a bit longer. Also, I couldnt see in the recipe what quantity of coconut milk to put in. It was absolutely delicious once I got it all sorted and the whole family enjoyed it. Thankyou.

Jo Whitton said...

I'm glad you enjoyed it, guys! It is just as quick as takeaway, isn't it!!

Re the eggs not cooking in time, if you want to use a few eggs (6 or so), go ahead and put them in the same time as the veges. And stir the chicken once it starts to turn white, then add the veges, and stir again toward the end of the cooking time, adding another couple of minutes if needed.

Hope that helps!
Jo :)

Julie said...

This was so good - my first varoma/steaming dish - in fact first time I've done meat in the thermomix! I think I've seen reference to a chicken and cashew dish here - now to look it up and do it! Thanks

Hen said...

Wow! Another tasty meal and no pots and pans to clean up. I love the idea of cooking the eggs in the Varoma. too easy!
Thx Jo.

Jo Whitton said...

Hi Julie & Hen - so glad you liked it! It is easy, isn't it. Julie, did you find the chicken & cashews recipe? Hope you enjoy it :)

Anonymous said...

Well done! This recipe is amazing, I cooked it in the 20 minutes and the bacon juices had flavored the rice along with the coconut milk. Absolutely the best fried rice I have ever had and very healthy.

Jo Whitton said...

Yay! I love how the juices flavour the rice too!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much Jo- this was so easy, yummy and much lighter than the usual "fried rice". I used only half the rice and 3 eggs, and it made about 5 servings- 2 of us for dinner and three more portions now in the freezer for easy "take to work and make everyone else jealous" meals!

Bec said...

I just made this and instead of using coconut milk i used water with chicken stock for flavour. I put in onion, fresh carrot and frozen peas and corn and I halved the recipe and the eggs. So I did have a slight problem with the eggs and they went into the vegies and the rice but still cooked. Plus I didn't mind as they were all going to mix anyway but will make sure next time that the baking paper covers more space and I might make sure there are 3 eggs not 2. But still is delicious. Was my first time using the varoma and was very easy. Thanks Bec

Jo Whitton said...

Anon, I love that - 'make everyone jealous' meals!! Ha ha!! Glad you liked it :)

Bec, I'm so glad you've given the varoma a go - the more you use it the more you'll love it! So handy. With the eggs, cut the paper so it goes up the sides of the tray a bit - the steam will still get through. :)

Thermosister Michelle said...

Hi Jo,
I pinned a few of your recipes on Pinterest this arvo. There doesn't seem to be a lot of Thermie activity on there yet (mostly Americans so far) so you might get a bit of unusual traffic! Blessings, Michelle xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Jo,
looking foreward to giving this one a go, I have a friend who's recovering from back surgery, just waiting for her other half to go back to work (he flies out to mine site this week) the leftovers will come in handy for her :D. I was going to do a risotto..there's always next week.

Thanks for sharing ; )

vness said...

I also tried this, used only 3 eggs and was careful with the paper (after reading all the helpful comments) and was so happy with the success!! It was really tasty.

I've had my Thermomix for only 6 wks and it has become such a big part of my kitchen. When I found your recipes Jo I was so excited, I've cooked ALOT of them already, thank you :)

Jo Whitton said...

Thanks for the comments, guys! Bit slow in replying these days...
Glad you liked it, vness, and that's great you're enjoying my blog - thanks :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting this - it was the first time I've used the varoma. Too easy! And all the family (there are six of us) loved it.

Jen said...

Today is only my 2nd day as a proud Thermomix owner and I decided to cook this for dinner! It was so easy and so yummy, will definitely be making regular appearances on my meal plans. Thanks!

juzzy71 said...

Hi Jo. I made this tonight and had the same problem as SimonM with the egg. Everything cooked beautifully but the egg. Thanks for the advice to remedy this situation. It was lovely cooking fried rice in a much healthier manner and the whole family enjoyed it. Thanks.

Kez said...

I made this last night too, delicious! How good is the rice in coconut milk, I think I could have just eaten it like that. Amazing!!

Jo said...

Thanks Kez, so glad you liked it! Yes, I LOVE coconut rice! (Well, I love coconut milk or cream in just about anything, I must admit...) :D

KD said...

I dont think I can chop as fast as you Jo, my veges needed a bit longer :) But this dish is delicious - I snuck a few spoonfuls of the coconut rice while the veges kept cooking!!

Jo Whitton said...

Lol! KD you may just need to slice them thinner, and broccoli florets have to be really small! Or you can just roughly chop everything in the Thermomix first (speed 4-5 for a few seconds), then steam them. That's the quick way. :)

Julie said...

My first varoma attempt! It was fab and so easy!! Thanks Jo!!

Jo Whitton said...

Yippee, Julie :D

Carly said...

Lacked motivation for making dinner tonight but found this recipe and it was sooooo easy. Absolutely LOVE the coconut rice. Thanks Jo, for another great recipe.

Tammy said...

I made this tonight with the kids helping me cut the vegies, get the rice ready etc. It was great, I used salmon steaks as the meat it was delicious, definate dish to do again and again in our house.

Thanks for sharing Jo :)

Natalie Bear said...

Thanks Jo : ) another great way to utilise the very under used Varoma. I'll be sharing this Blog with my friends as I don't know many of them who have EVER used their Varoma! I have been using it alot since I started following your blog. Keep the Varoma recipes coming!

Geelong said...

Wow! I'm a one day new thermomix owner. First time varoma meal. Loved it! Used ham and shredded cooked roast chicken. Let mine rest for a few mins so my eggs cooked through then. The rice was so fluffy and tasty. All 3 x kids and hubby enjoyed. Will definately cook this meal again. Can't wait to try your other recipes. Thanks!

miasmummy said...

Hi Jo, Thanks for this recipe, I just received my Thermomix yesterday and Karyn Farmer told me it was very yummy... I have just made the recipe, I halved the rice and the water, we still had lots.. Thankyou, it has given me the confidence to use the varoma easily!!

miasmummy said...

Hi Jo, Thanks for this recipe, I just received my Thermomix yesterday and Karyn Farmer told me it was very yummy... I have just made the recipe, I halved the rice and the water, we still had lots.. Thankyou, it has given me the confidence to use the varoma easily!!

Samantha said...

Thanks Jo. This was so easy. I especially loved the "one pot" aspect of it because our dishwasher broke yesterday :-) It's definitely going to be a regular recipe at our house!

rachelle said...

Hi Jo,

Your website looks great, lots of interesting recipes. I was just wondering can you use the liquid left at the bottom of the coconut rice for anything??
Rachelle

Jo Whitton said...

Rachelle, yes you can! Have a look at this recipe - you can make a quick satay sauce with it if you like: http://quirkycooking.blogspot.com/2011/01/chicken-and-cashews-with-coconut-satay.html

Samantha, Miasmummy, Geelong, Natalie, Tammy & Carly - You're welcome, glad you liked it! :) It's great to be able to use the Varoma - makes so much more, and uses less electricity than cooking in a few pots on the stove! Enjoy :)

VeggieMum said...

This is by far my favourite "fried rice". love steaming with the coconut milk. I've posted a vege version on my blog. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

OMG, we made this tonight & it is sooo good. Better than takeaway & could not tell it wasn't "fried" in a wok. Kids ate every bit & hubby scraped the Varoma bowl to get a third helping LOL. Definitely a "keeper" in our family. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

made this today for lunch - delicious.

One thing though is I only used 3 eggs but they went grey - still tasted good but the colour was all wrong. Any ideas why they went grey?

Emma said...

We just had this for dinner, YUMMO!, will definitely be making again. Easy too! Thanks for sharing Jo

Anonymous said...

Loved it! Thanks for another great recipe Jo!

Anonymous said...

I know this is all about the Thermomix but just wondering if you have the recipe to make without it. I Don't have one and this just looks so good. You mentioned you learnt it years ago (maybe prior to thermomix) :)

Oriana said...

My two daughters made this and the kids loved it. So easy they said to make. They have not long had there thermomix.

Louise Davis said...

Made this tonight and it was a winner!
Love that it's all cooking at the same time! Also love that I can make a steamed omlette with steamed vegies in the varoma!

Anonymous said...

So easy! And so much nicer too than the traditional fried rice I found. Thanks for a quick and wonderfully easy dish Jo. Its in the family cookbook now.

Natalie Lees said...

Hi, my husband and I love this - he says it is the tastiest fried rice he has ever tasted! However I have a problem with getting the rice cooking- I Have to put it on another ten mins. I do have a tm21 though- maybe the cook times are different? Should the liquid be touching the rice?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the recipe and steps to create it. Simply fantastic for a new thermomix owner to try the varoma. My family of 6 loved it .... And no leftovers so must have been great :). Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful, thanks Jo!
Tried to Pinterest it but you dont seem to have a link to Pinterest?

Anonymous said...

Ha yes I can- sorry !
Too bad rice is fattening for my hubbie and me and raises his blood sugar level.

Anonymous said...

where do you buy kohlrabi?

Anonymous said...

Yum! I make this all the time. Probably my most cooked Thermomix meal. Tonight I made sticky chicken clone and chopped tossed through rice at end with sticky sauce. Delicious!!
Thanks Jo!
Ps. Your one pot (TM/Varoma) meals are my absolute fav! Can u pleeeeeease create some new goodies! Xx

healthy women said...

it's such an easy way to cook eggs, and no mess!..thnx for sharing this blog..
rice varieties

Belinda Timms said...

HI Jo, awesome recipe, pity i totally stuffed it up!! The rice was lovely, but the chicken, vegetables and also the egg didnt really cook. The coconut milk/water was coming up through top and all over the place!! I think i did this wrong tell me what you think? - i placed baking paper on the bottom layer of the varoma as well, thinking that the juice of the meat shouldn't go into the rice and covered the top trays side holes as well as didnt leave a hole though the veggies.... any other thing i did wrong??? would love some advice from people. thanks

Annaleis Topham said...

Just made this! So easy to follow and delicious!

Anonymous said...

Hi,
What happens to the coconut milk in the bowl ? Does it give flavour to the rice and other ingredients in the Varoma ?

Anonymous said...

What a quick, healthy and substantial meal to cook. Was such a huge hit in our house that I have quickly shared the recipe with my friends and family. Thank you.

Nichole said...

Hi Jo,
I was a bit skeptical about making fried rice in the thermie but it turned out great and this recipe is sure to become a favorite for a quick meal after a busy day.

Myra said...

If I halve this recipe, do the cooking times stay the same?

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much - off to try this tonight!

Anonymous said...

Cooked this tonight and my 2yo loved it. Good way of having veges in her food!

Anonymous said...

yummo. I halved the recipe (small family) and added 2 cardamon pod seeds to the rice or you could add to liquid. I used full coconut cream as that's all I had - delicious. thanks!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jo,
I made this tonight and it was a disaster. I used organic basmati rice. I only used 330g as there are only 3 of us. After 20 minutes the rice was a solid ball, cooked on the outside but raw in the middle. I mixed it, added another 400g of water and put in on for another 15 minutes. It came out a stodgy disgusting mess. :( I am currently frying it in the wok in an attempt to dry it out a bit, but think I am going to end up getting take away.
I have had thermi for 2 years and use it all the time. Never had such a disaster before. Any ideas? Thanks Lou

Kirsten said...

Am a new TM user and havent used the Varoma much at all. This recipie rocks my world. Thank you, youclever bunny our household loved it xx

Kristy Martin said...

We can't get enough of this 'fried' rice, it's delish! My whole family loves it and it's a great way to get veggies into the kids. I marinate the chicken for 5-10 mins before and add whatever veggies need using, I also add bacon. I followed the great advice to cook rice in garlic and stock water (I use TMX Veg Stock)as my hubby doesn't like coconut rice and it has a great flavour base. At the end I add a dash of soy and sweet chilli...it's eaten in no time! I love your blog and recipes, am relatively new to TMX and am in love, so thanks! :)

Kimberley said...

I can't believe I just made this whole dish in my Thermo with the omelette cooking on the top!! Crazy, thanks for the recipe and love your site. I have a new app out called Hipcook and when I get a moment will be entering this recipe, if you don't mind. I also pinned this recipe on pinterest.
cheers
Kimberley

Anonymous said...

A TM tip. If you 1/2 the recipe then you reduce cooking time by 20%. :-)


And I LOVE this ago. THANKS!

Anonymous said...

Jo - no ago!!!! We LOVE THIS JO!!

lou said...

Yunmo.. great & easy recipe. Thanks :)

Lindsey said...

Hello. I like the idea of this recipe, but it didn't work for my husband and me as neither of us like coconut and the flavour was WAY to strong. Is there anything else I could use? Carnation milk? Or leave it out completely?

Jo Whitton said...

Hi, you can use all water instead and add a Tbsp of vege stock paste if you like, for flavour.

Lindsey said...

Oh great suggestion, thank you! Will try again =)

Gill Stuart said...

Awesome - so quick and easy! Plenty left over for lunch or dinner the next day! 17 year old son loved the fact that not only was it delicious, but there was very little washing up!

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Hennley Sah said...

Great recipe! Thanks so much. Do you do anything with the leftover milk and water? :)

Amanda said...

Thanks for the recipe Jo! I've added it to my list of freezer meals made in the TMX! :) http://www.onecraftymum.com/freezer-meals-made-in-the-thermomix/

Anonymous said...

Wonderful recipe!!! I didn't remove egg immediately from paper so it stuck, which actually caused quite an issue.
But other than that...:) super yummy!

Anonymous said...

The first time, ever,I have cooked Fried Rice (as my gorgeous Mum makes a delicious one and I've never wanted to try as it could never replicate hers )! But.....Oh my, I so love this dish Jo, so much so that I'm even going to cook it for Mum ! I'd also not cooked eggs in the Varoma before,well I'm converted :) Thank you !

Emma said...

Omg cannot believe how quick and easy this recipe was...and my 6yr old just devoured it for dinner! Still relatively new to my Thermomix and have been caught up with too many not so good for you recipes. A friend told me today about all the things she's cooked from your page...yummm thanks so much for sharing ��

Jade said...

Jo, I've only had my tmx for two days, and I've just made this tonight. Kids didn't like it but they don't like dinner at the best of times! Hubby loved it (had seconds) and said he would be happy to take it to work to share with "the guys", I think the veg was a little under done, as was the egg, but I'll just make it smaller/put it on sooner next time. Thumbs up here :D

Anonymous said...

Hi Jo

Am so excited as my TM was delivered yesterday, so today has been a cooking day!! I have spent the last week "fixed" to your site reading and salivating over your fantastic recipes.
Our first meal cooked in the TM tonight is going to be the Butter Chicken EDC accompanied by your fried rice as it sounds delicious. I was however, reading your menu plans and read that you reheat the Fried Rice in the TM. Can you please let me know how you do this, as l am planning on making enough for a couple of meals (only cooking for Hubby & I) and have always found it difficult to reheat. Thanks SOOO much for your great site and all the info. I am looking forward to making so many things with my new TM. Also looking forward to getting your new Cookbook. Sue W

Anonymous said...

I love this recipe, except the egg always gets stuck to the paper. Do you waxed BP or plain? I did try waxed first but found it didn't cook the eggs. Any suggestions? TIA!

Catherine Hebble said...

Soooo sooooo good!!! Hubby and I both said it was the best fried rice we'd ever eaten! We had about half a cup of liquid left at the end which I poured over each dish! Omg!!! Such a good idea that was :)

Sarah Mews said...

Yummy! Made this for lunch today and it is delicious and so easy! Thank you for another great recipe Jo. So glad I've found your site :)

Anonymous said...

Just made this - even easier than it sounds, and tastes great too. Thx Jo!

Rebel said...

One word for this recipe.... DELICIOUS!!!
Thank you Jo

Keztoo said...

I made this last night and also had issues with the egg not cooking properly, even though I didn't cover the steam vents, and then the egg stuck to the paper. Am I using the wrong baking paper perhaps?

Astro said...

Have been meaning to try this for a while. Finally tried it last night. Used stock instead of coconut milk and water,brown rice, lots of vegies and prawns, chicken and a bit of ham. Couldn't believe how easy it was and how well it turned out...even the egg, light and fluffy. Thanks Jo and all the other hints and tips in the comments.

Anonymous said...

Can u freezer coconut milk? I just want 2 do half the recipe but don't want 2 waste the milk.

Anonymous said...

Thank you. This was delicious. I fried my bacon separately to add a nice crunch. The family loved it!

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