Chinese Five Spice Rice

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Chinese 5 spice rice recipe with step by step photos. Aromatic Chinese style spice rice made with mix vegetables and 5 spice powders. A gluten-free and vegan recipe.

5 spice rice recipe

Five-spice is a blend of five spices that is used in the Chinese cuisine. These 5 spices are cinnamon, cloves, sichuan pepper, fennel seeds and star anise. These spices are ground and the 5 spice powder is used in the Chinese cuisine.

Here I have cooked the rice in a pot, but even fried rice can be made using 5 spice powder. The 5 spice veg rice has some warm flavors in it and is very aromatic. I first had this one pot cooked rice in a fine dine Chinese restaurant and there they had made it so well. From that time I wanted to try the recipe.

I have used seasonal and local veggies which I get easily available. Zuchhini tastes very good in this recipe. So if you have zucchini, you can add some of it. When I made for the blog, I did not have zucchini, so have skipped it. You can also add broccoli, bok choy, Chinese cabbage, mushrooms, edamame beans and snow peas.

The recipe uses the entire 5 spice powder that is freshly ground. You can also use the store brought 5 spice powder, thereby getting rid of the grinding step. I have also added soy sauce for some umami flavor, but you can skip soy sauce.

Serve 5 spice rice with a gravy dish like veg manchurian or gobi manchurian or chilli paneer. I served with paneer schezwan.

How to make Chinese five spice rice

1. Rinse 1.5 cups basmati rice very well in water first. Then soak in enough water for 30 minutes. Later drain all the water and keep the rice aside.

rice to make 5 spice rice recipe

2. When the rice is soaking, rinse and then chop the veggies. You can choose to chop the veggies finely or slice them in thin sticks or strips. You will need ½ cup thin carrots sticks, 1 cup sliced cabbage, ⅓ cup sliced capsicum,⅓ cup chopped french beans. Keep aside.

veggies to make 5 spice rice recipe

3. Take the 5 spices.

5 spices for the 5 spice powder

4. Add them in a small grinder jar or coffee grinder jar.

5 spices to make 5 spice rice recipe

5. Grind to a fine powder. Keep the 5 spice powder aside.

5 spice powder to make 5 spice rice recipe

Making five spice rice

6. Heat 3 tablespoons sesame oil. Add ½ teaspoon finely chopped garlic and saute for a few seconds.

garlic for making 5 spice rice recipe

7. Then add ⅓ cup sliced spring onions.

onions for making 5 spice rice recipe

8. Sauté till the onions become translucent.

onions for making 5 spice rice recipe

9. Then add the veggies.

veggies for making 5 spice rice recipe

10. Next add ⅓ cup corn kernels.

corn for preparing 5 spice rice recipe

11. Saute the veggies for a minute.

veggies for preparing 5 spice rice recipe

12. Add ½ teaspoon black pepper powder and 5 spice powder. Mix very well. If using store brought, then add 2 teaspoons of 5 spice powder.

5 spice powder for preparing 5 spice rice recipe

13. Add ½ teaspoon soy sauce. You can skip soy sauce if you want.

preparing 5 spice rice recipe

14. Mix very well.

preparing 5 spice rice recipe

Cooking 5 spice rice

15. Add 3 cups of water. You can also add 2.75 cups of water depending on the quality of rice.

preparing 5 spice rice recipe

16. Season with salt as per taste. Check the taste of the water and it should feel slightly salty.

preparing 5 spice rice recipe

17. Cover the pan and cook for 4 to 5 minutes till the water comes to a boil.

preparing 5 spice rice recipe

18. Cook on a medium to high flame and let the water come to a boil.

preparing 5 spice rice recipe

19. Add the rice and gently stir.

rice for preparing 5 spice rice recipe

20. Cover the pan.

preparing 5 spice rice recipe

21. On a low to medium flame simmer for about 16 to 18 minutes or till the rice is tender and the grains are cooked. All the water should be absorbed. Do check when the rice is cooking and if the rice grains look undercooked, then you can add some water.

Chinese style 5 spice rice recipe

22. Once done, gently fluff the rice.

Chinese style 5 spice rice recipe

23. Garnish with some spring onion greens and Serve Chinese 5 spice rice with any side gravy dish like paneer manchurian or mushroom manchurian or chilli mushroom.

5 spice rice recipe
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5 spice rice recipe

Five Spice Rice

5 from 1 vote
Aromatic Chinese style spice rice made with mix vegetables and 5 spice powders. A gluten-free and vegan recipe.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 50 mins

Cuisine Chinese, World
Course: Main Course
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan
Difficulty Level: Easy

Servings 4
Units

Ingredients

for 5 spice powder

  • 2 inch cinnamon
  • 3 to 4 cloves
  • 3 to 4 sichuan peppers
  • ½ teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 star anise (chakriphool)

other ingredients

  • 3 tablespoon sesame oil - can use toasted sesame oil or gingelly oil
  • ½ teaspoon finely chopped garlic
  • cup sliced spring onion whites
  • 1.5 cups basmati rice or any long grained rice
  • ½ cup sliced carrots, in strips or sticks
  • 1 cup sliced cabbage
  • cup thinly sliced capsicum (bell pepper)
  • cup chopped french beans
  • ¼ cup corn kernels
  • ½ teaspoon soy sauce (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper powder
  • salt as required
  • ¼ cup chopped spring onion greens, for garnish

Instructions

soaking rice

  • Rinse 1.5 cups basmati rice very well in water first. Then soak in enough water for 30 minutes
  • When the rice is soaking, rinse and then chop the veggies. You can choose to chop the veggies finely or slice them in thin sticks or strips. 

preparing 5 spice powder

  • Take cinnamon, cloves, fennel seeds, star anise and sichuan peppers in a small grinder jar or coffee grinder jar.
  • Grind to a fine powder. Keep aside.

making chinese 5 spice rice

  • Heat 3 tablespoons sesame oil. Add ½ teaspoon finely chopped garlic and saute for a few seconds.
  • Then add ⅓ cup sliced spring onions and sauté till the onions become translucent.
  • Then add the veggies and ⅓ cup corn kernels.
  • Saute the veggies for a minute.
  • Add ½ teaspoon black pepper powder and the 5 spice powder. Mix very well. If using store brought, then add 2 teaspoons of 5 spice powder.
  • Add ½ teaspoon soy sauce. You can skip soy sauce if you want. mix very well.

cooking five spice rice

  • Add 3 cups water. You can also add 2.75 cups water depending on the quality of rice.
  • Season with salt as per taste. Check the taste of the water and it should feel slightly salty.
  • Cover the pan and cook for 4 to 5 minutes till the water comes to a boil.
  • Cook on a medium to high flame and let the water come to a boil.
  • Add the rice and gently stir. 
  • Cover the pan and on a low to medium-low flame simmer for about 16 to 18 minutes or till the rice is tender and the grains are cooked.
  • All the water should be absorbed. Do check when the rice is cooking and if the rice grains look undercooked, then you can add some water.
  • Once done, gently fluff the rice.
  • Garnish with some spring onion greens and serve chinese Five spice rice with any side veggie dish of your choice.

Nutrition Info Approximate values

Nutrition Facts
Five Spice Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 380 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 373mg16%
Potassium 256mg7%
Carbohydrates 63g21%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 2945IU59%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 1mg5%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin C 21mg25%
Vitamin E 1mg7%
Vitamin K 50µg48%
Calcium 54mg5%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 33µg8%
Iron 1mg6%
Magnesium 29mg7%
Phosphorus 101mg10%
Zinc 1mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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