masala rice or spiced rice is one dish which i make when i have some left over rice. i don’t waste food and i use left over food in many ways. this masala rice recipe is one such way. there are many easy indian recipes where we can use left over food easily.
this masala rice recipe is quick & easy, especially when you have leftover rice. it makes for a filling brunch or lunch/dinner had plain or accompanied with a bowl of yogurt or raita.
you just need to saute the onions, tomatoes with the herbs and spices. then add the rice to this mixture. the result is a delicious spiced rice which you can have with a raita and pickle or a side salad. boondi raita or cucumber raita goes very well with this spicy rice.
you can even make this masala rice recipe with freshly cooked rice. just let the rice cool down completely before you add it to the masala or spice mixture.
masala rice recipe details below:
- 2 cups leftover rice or steamed rice
- ½ tsp black mustard seeds
- 1 sprig curry leaves (kadi patta)
- ½ tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
- 1 green chili or red chili, chopped
- 1 medium size onion, finely chopped
- 1 medium size tomato, finely chopped
- pinch of asafoetida/hing (optional)
- ¼ tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
- ¼ tsp red chili powder (lal mirch powder)
- ¼ tsp garam masala powder
- ½ tsp coriander powder or dhania powder
- ½ tsp fennel powder (saunf)
- 1 or 1.5 tbsp oil
- salt as required
- coriander leaves for garnishing (optional)
- heat oil. fry the mustard seeds till they splutter.
- add the cumin and fry till they get browned.
- now add the onion and saute till the onions get softened and become transparent.
- add the curry leaves, green chili and saute for 30 seconds.
- add the tomatoes and saute till the tomatoes become mushy.
- now add all the spice powders and asafoetida along with salt.
- saute the masala or spice mixture for a minute.
- add the rice and stir well so that the masala coats the rice.
- saute for 2-3 minutes more continuously stirring the rice.
- lastly add coriander leaves and mix with the whole rice or you can garnish the masala rice with the coriander leaves.
- serve the masala rice hot with raita or with a veg salad, pickle and papad.