Fried rice is one tasty dish we all love to eat. This is a healthy version made with a ton of vegetables and Indian spices. This recipe is eggless but you get the protein, carb and the veggies all in one bowl. Sounds yummy! right? This a such a simple yet a delicious dish that gets ready in minutes. And it is so versatile you can add your own choice of ingredients and make it your own.
Indian style Fried Rice
I call this clean out the fridge – “fried rice“, I am sure we can all relate to this, at the end of the week we have a little bit of everything leftover in our fridge and before we buy fresh produce we want to use them all in one dish…Yes, that was exactly what I did, which resulted in this very tasty skillet fried rice which became my family’s lunch box special.
- Cooked rice – 1 bowl – 2 cups
- Bell peppers – 1/2 of red, yellow, green and red
- Corn – 1/4 cup
- Peas – 1/4 cup
- Chickpeas – 1/4 cup ( cooked)
- Red kidney beans – 1/4 cup ( cooked)
- Onion – 1/2 sliced lengthwise
- Carrot – 1 sliced lengthwise
- Cilantro – stems / leaves – chopped for garnish
- Ginger – 1 inch piece – finely minced
- Garlic cloves – 2 – Finley minced
- Chili powder – 1 teaspoon
- Fennel seeds – 1/2 teaspoon
- Cloves – 4
- Cinnamon stick – 2 small pieces
- Bay leaves – 2
- Cardamom pods – 2
- Oil – 1 tablespoon
- Butter – 1 small slice
- Salt – 1 teaspoon
Now let’s see how to make it ..
Prep all the veggies and keep it ready
- In a broad skillet heat the oil and the butter
- Add the spices and toast them until you get the nice aroma
I use sesame oil or peanut oil for this recipe which gives a nutty flavor to this dish, you can use the oil of your preference.
I call this a skillet fried rice since you don’t need a wok to make this.
Now add the all the sliced peppers and quickly sauté them, do not cook it through, let it be crunchy.
Now add the chickpeas, red beans, edamame, peas, corn and sauté them for a minute.
Now add the rice and mix it well, I have used the basmati rice since it has a wonderful aroma.You can use any type of rice, just make sure it’s cooked and cooled before you add it.
Keep it in a low flame for a couple of minutes so that the rice absorbs all the flavors and gets nice and toasty.
Garnish it with little bit of cilantro and serve it hot.
Oh man ! the veggies are amazingly crunchy, the rice is so flavorful… You get a nice bite of the chickpeas and the creamy kidney beans, the corn is sweet and crunchy, even though it’s mixed you will be able to taste every single vegetable you have added, Mmm… it’s so yummy and satisfying.
This is such an awesome comfort food you can indulge without any guilt. It’s extremely easy to make with what you have in your pantry, it is great for packed lunches or a quick weeknight dinner. This is my family’s favorite and I am happy to share it with you all. Enjoy !!!