Vegetable Fried Rice is a delicious Indo Chinese recipe which is made using vegetables & cooked rice. It is a perfect way to use that leftover rice. Here is how to make Veg Fried Rice recipe at home.
They say “Variety is the spice of life!” and being a chef, food blogger and a recipe consultant I simply cannot agree more. Don’t you too?
While roti, sabzi, dal, and rice are everyday staples, no doubt, but sometimes, the heart and the taste buds yearn for something different, don’t they?
So, yours truly is always on the look out for making something interesting and share it with you all so that you could try the same.
And I also make sure that it is easy to cook and the ingredients of the same are easily available.
While rice recipe of Bacon Fried Rice, Healthy Asian Cauliflower Rice or Thai Pineapple Fried Rice make the meals interesting, I often crave for good old Vegetable Fried Rice, where rice is stir fried along with a few vegetables and sauces.
This Veg Fried Rice is a nice Chinese delicacy that stands out on the dinner table every time you make it.
In case you wish to try a variation, then do make Spicy Indo Chinese Schezwan Egg Fried Rice you are sure to love it as well.
Rice, a dietary staple for a large part of the world’s human population, especially in Asia and is an important grain in regards to human nutrition.
It is a cherished ingredient that is used across various regional cuisine and dominates the dinner table in more ways than one.
What is Veg Fried Rice?
Many overseas cuisines have been adapted and transformed according to the local taste buds.
One such dish that has been adapted from the Asian cuisine and transformed into a popular street food recipe is Veg Fried Rice.
The blend of cooked rice, finely chopped vegetables and flavoursome seasoning altogether, suffices the cravings of every food lover.
Vegetable Fried Rice Recipe is a non spicy dish and has very subtle flavours which comes from stir fried vegetables, sauces and a few spices.
When it comes to vegetables, I have added onions, carrot, cabbage, and spring onions, but you can add in vegetables of your choice too.
Try adding finely chopped celery for a very restaurant like flavor. I was short of it but I always add it whenever I have it hand.
I also add beans to my Chinese fried rice but again I did not had it at hand hence skipped it.
To add some subtle flavor to this fried rice, ingredients such as soy sauce, rice vinegar, salt, ajinomoto and white pepper are used.
You can skip ajinomoto or MSG too, as its an optional ingredient.
Ajinomoto is also called as Chinese Salt in grocery stores. Some people are allergic to it and so they need to avoid using it in their cooking.
A variant of Veg Fried rice is Veg Schzewan Fried Rice wherein they add Schzewan sauce to the rice preparation to make it hot and spicy.
Can you use leftover rice to make this dish?
Yes, you can definitely use leftover rice to make this fried rice recipe.
Actually, the leftover rice tastes better and I would always recommend to use a day old cooked rice in this recipe.
Even if you are making fresh rice, make sure to bring them to room temperature before adding in the vegetables.
How to make this recipe?
This recipe tops the charts of all Indian restaurants and as well served by many street vendors.
The blend of long grained basmati rice and stir-fried vegetables effuses aroma that is characteristic of Vegetable Fried Rice.
To make Veg Fried Rice, you can use your favourite veggies like corn, baby corn, capsicum, carrot, peas, mushroom, shredded cabbage.
While cabbage is optional, every restaurant or street vendor uses cabbage in the recipe that gives the recipe its key flavour.
In the Chinese fried rice, soya sauce and vinegar are used to give this dish a unique flavour.
You can also make egg fried using the same recipe, just add 4 scrambled eggs followed by cooked rice.
If you are looking for a non vegetarian version, you can add in chicken or prawns too.
Tip – Do not overcook the rice as it might get mushy.
You can use white or brown basmati rice in this recipe. Even short grain rice works like a charm.
To make this easy fried rice a little healthier, use brown rice instead.
You can serve this rice with any Indo-Chinese gravy dishes.
Also serve a dimsum or a momo on the side to make your meal even more delicious.
Which veggies can be added in it?
As mentioned earlier, you can add any of your favourite veggies in this rice.
Typically, peas, bell pepper, carrot, cabbage, mushroom and spring onions are added to achieve the restaurant-style flavour.
Some people also add corn, broccoli, zucchini etc to their fried rice.
One portion of this rice have approximately 250 Kcal.
Step by Step Recipe
Heat vegetable oil in a pan.
Once the oil is hot, add garlic and ginger and fry for a few seconds.
Add onion and celery (Recommended) and fry for 10-15 seconds.
Add carrot, cabbage and beans and saute for a minute.
Add soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, salt, white pepper powder, and ajinomoto (Optional) and mix well.
Add cooked rice and mix well.
Cook for a minute on high heat.
Garnish with spring onion greens. Serve hot with any Indo Chinese Curry.
Vegetable Fried Rice Recipe
- 3 cups Cooked RIce (Cold)
- 2 tbsp Vegetable OIl
- 1 tsp Garlic (Finely Chopped)
- 1 tsp Ginger (Finely Chopped)
- 1/4 cup Onion (Finely Chopped)
- 1/4 cup Celery (Finely Chopped)
- 1/4 cup Carrot (Finely Chopped)
- 1/4 cup Cabbage (Thinly Sliced)
- 2 tbsp Beans (Finely chopped)
- 2 tsp Soy Sauce
- 2 tsp Rice Vinegar
- 1 tbsp Sesame Oil
- Salt to taste
- 3/4 tsp White Pepper Powder
- 1 tsp Ajinomoto (Optional)
- 2 tbsp Spring Onion Greens (Chopped)
- Heat vegetable oil in a pan.
- Once the oil is hot, add garlic and ginger and fry for a few seconds.
- Add onion and celery and fry for 10-15 seconds.
- Add carrot, cabbage and beans and saute for a minute.
- Now add soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, salt to taste, white pepper powder and MSJ and mix well.
- Add cooked rice and mix well.
- Cook for a minute on high heat.
- Garnish with spring onion greens.
- Serve hot with any Indo Chinese Curry.