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Easy, Quick and Simple Fried Rice - Indian Style

Updated on December 15, 2011

Indian style fried rice is a favorite of our's. Its nutritious, can be prepared with a variety of vegetables, and is quick and easy. This particular recipe may not follow conventional fried rice preparation, but the goal was maximum flavor and nutrition and minimum preparation/cook time. Try it!

Serves 4. Approximate time to serving: 20 minutes


1 cup white rice

2 cups water (use only 1 cup water if preparing in a pressure cooker)

1 tb oil

1 medium or 2 small tomatoes, diced

4 cloves fresh garlic, minced

1 to 2 small green chili peppers

1 red onion, diced

1/2 cup fresh or frozen sweet peas

1 carrot, diced

1/2 to 1 tsp cumin*

1/2 to 1 tsp turmeric*

1/2 to 1 tsp corriander powder*

1/2 tsp garam masala

1 tsp salt

red pepper to taste

1 bunch fresh cilantro (coriander leaves), coarsely chopped

*more spice for a stronger flavor


I use a pressure cooker for this recipe because it really fuses the flavors, however you can also prepare in a regular pan. Cook time in the regular pan will just be a bit longer and you will need to use 2 cups of water instead of just 1.

In the same pan you will cook the rice, heat the oil on medium to medium high heat and add the diced onion. Cook until the onion is beginning to brown. Then add the garlic and chili peppers. (NOTE: To control the amount of the chili's heat you can either diced them for more heat or simply slit the whole chili and add it for more mild heat.) Cook until garlic begins to brown very slightly. Add diced tomato, sweet peas, carrots and spices except for cilantro. Stir fry until spices are well blended with the tomatoes and they have begun to cook down a bit. Add the rice and water and cover. If you are using the pressure cooker, cook to 3 whistles. If using a regular pot, bring to a boil, cover and cook 20 minutes. Add the cilantro just before serving.

The greatest thing about this recipe is there are so many ways you can change it. You can use spring onions, bell pepper, shredded cabbage, just about anything you can think of. My favorite is to add cubed panner (cottage cheese). Tofu could also be added. Experiment!

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      Moon Lightened 6 years ago from Delhi, India

      rj, thank you so much for reading. It really is a great recipe, I make it once a week!

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      rjsadowski 6 years ago

      An interesting looking recipe. Indian style fried rice - what will they think of next?

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      Moon Lightened 6 years ago from Delhi, India

      Let me know how it turns out for you! You know, before moving to India I had never owned or used a pressure cooker. Now I never want to be without one. I'm sure your steamer will make magic. Thanks for the comment!

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      stessily 6 years ago

      Moon Lightened: I wish that I still had my mother's pressure cooker, for I imagine the interplay of all these flavors would really be enhanced by that mode of cooking. I do have a great alternative: my beloved steamer. I'm looking forward to the mesmerizing aromas which will issue from my steamer when I prepare this recipe. Thank you for sharing!