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.
If you have those leftover rice sitting in your fridge, then try some more recipes such as – Thai Fried Rice, Schezwan Fried Rice, Egg Fried Rice, Hibachi Fried Rice, Thai Pineapple Fried Rice, Bacon Fried Rice and Easy Mushroom Fried Rice.
About This Recipe
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?
After Indian food, the one that is a regular at home is Indo Chinese. And one of the most prepared recipe is this Vegetable Fried Rice. A great way to use up all the leftover rice, a lot of vegetables and super quick to prepare, what is there not to love about it?
This Veg Fried Rice is a nice Chinese delicacy that stands out on the dinner table every time you make it. This dish has become so popular with time, that you will find it in most restaurants and even on street side stalls.
While this recipe is Chinese, but it has been changed a bit to meet the Indian taste. And making it at home has its own advantages too. You can add vegetables of your choice and even adjust the spice level according to your taste.
So, next time you have some leftover rice, do try this Vegetable Fried Rice. It is also a great way to feed up your kids all those veggies.
This Vegetable Fried Rice is,
- Easy + Quick
- Loved by kids
- A great way to use leftover rice
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.
Rice – You can use long grain Basmati rice to prepare this Fried Rice recipes, as it turns out nice and separate. This recipe tastes even better when prepared with an old day rice.
In case you are making fresh rice recipe, then cool down the rice properly before adding in the wok.
Vegetables – 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.
Oil – You can use any vegetable oil to make this Fried Rice recipe. For a more authentic taste, you can use in sesame oil too. I have added a teaspoon of sesame oil while stir frying the rice, as it adds a nice subtle flavour.
Others – To add some subtle flavor to this fried rice, ingredients such as ginger, garlic, 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.
Garlic is must and adds a lot of flavour. If you like the garlic flavour more, you can increase the quantity of the same.
How to make Vegetable Fried Rice?
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.
Frequently asked Questions:
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.
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.
If you prefer spicy food, you can add Chilli Paste or Schezwan Sauce to this rice as well. 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.
For a gluten free version, you can use tamari sauce instead of soy sauce. All other ingredients are gluten free.
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.
Store Vegetable Fried Rice in an air tight container for about 3 to 4 days, and keep in the refrigerator. Re-heat only the amount you want to serve, otherwise it will decrease its shelve life.
Reheat it either in a pan or microwave. If you feel it has become a little dry, then sprinkle a little water on top and then reheat it.
One portion of this rice have approximately 250 Kcal.
Vegetable Fried Rice Recipe
- 3 cups Cooked RIce (Cold)
- 2 tbsp Vegetable OIl
- 1 tsp Garlic (Finely Chopped)
- 1 tsp Ginger (Finely Chopped)
- ¼ cup Onion (Finely Chopped)
- ¼ cup Celery (Finely Chopped)
- ¼ cup Carrot (Finely Chopped)
- ¼ cup Cabbage (Thinly Sliced)
- 2 tbsp Beans (Finely chopped)
- 2 tsp Soy Sauce
- 2 tsp Rice Vinegar
- 1 tbsp Sesame Oil
- Salt to taste
- ¾ 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.