masala fried rice recipe, indian style veg masala fried rice

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masala fried rice is an indian version of the popular veg fried rice. you can make this dish with freshly made rice or even leftover rice.

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masala fried rice recipe with step by step pics. veg masala fried rice is an indian version of the popular veg fried rice. there are many variations possible with this recipe. you can make this dish with freshly made rice or even leftover rice. if you have leftover rice then making this recipe becomes quick.

masala fried rice recipe

veggies of your choice can be added in the recipe. i have used carrots, potatoes, french beans and green peas. apart from these veggies, you can also add broccoli, cauliflower, sweet corn, capsicum, cabbage and mushrooms. i usually steam the veggies and then add them in the dish.

you can make masala fried rice for lunch box or tiffin. the rice and veggies can be steamed night before and refrigerated. then in the morning you just sauté and mix everything.

i make this masala fried rice recipe at times for lunch or dinner and serve it with a raita. in the pics i served with makai shorba (indian sweet corn soup) as a starter and the veg fried rice as main course along with onion-tomato raita.

usually veg fried rice is served with a side gravy dish like gobi manchurian or veg manchurian or paneer manchurian. but for this masala fried rice you don’t need to serve it with any side gravy dish. just an accompanying raita or yogurt is enough. however if you like then you can serve any gravy dish of your choice with it.

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masala fried rice recipe
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indian style masala fried rice recipe

masala fried rice is an indian version of the popular veg fried rice. you can make this dish with freshly made rice or even leftover rice.

course main course
cuisine indian
prep time 20 minutes
cook time 10 minutes
total time 30 minutes
servings 3
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

for cooking rice

  • 1 heaped cup basmati rice or 220 grams basmati rice
  • 3.5 to 4 cups water
  • ½ teaspoon salt

for steaming veggies

  • 1.5 or 2 cups chopped mix veggies - cauliflower, carrots, french beans, green peas, potatoes, capsicum etc
  • 2 cups water - to be added in pressure cooker

other ingredients for masala fried rice

  • 2 tablespoons oil or ghee
  • 1 tej patta (indian bay leaf)
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • cup thinly sliced spring onion whites or thinly sliced onions
  • ½ teaspoon ginger garlic paste
  • cup chopped tomatoes
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • ½ teaspoon red chilli powder (lal mirch powder)
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder (dhania powder)
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • salt as required
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons chopped spring onion greens for garnish

how to make recipe

cooking rice

  1. rinse and then soak 1 heaped cup basmati rice (220 grams) in enough water for 20 minutes.

  2. then heat 3.5 to 4 cups water + ½ teaspoon salt in a pan. bring the water to a rolling boil.

  3. drain all the water from the rice and then add the rice to the boiling water. stir well.

  4. simmer the rice for 8 to 9 minutes on medium flame or till the rice grains are softened and cooked well.

  5. check the taste and the rice grains should be tender. do not over cook them.

  6. then drain all the water and let the cooked rice grains become warm or cool at room temperature.

steaming veggies

  1. meanwhile rinse and then peel and chop veggies like carrots, french beans, potatoes, cauliflower etc. you will need 1.5 or 2 cups chopped mix veggies. you can use any vegetable you want. take the chopped veggies in a pan or bowl.

  2. add 2 cups water in the pressure cooker. place the veggies in the cooker. cover and pressure cook for 3 to 4 whistles on medium flame.

  3. when the pressure settles down on its own, open the lid and check if the veggies have cooked well. if not then steam for 2 to 3 whistles more.

making indian style masala fried rice

  1. heat 2 tablespoons oil or ghee in a kadai or a pan. add 1 tej patta and ½ teaspoon cumin seeds. let the cumin seeds splutter.

  2. then add ⅓ cup thinly sliced spring onion whites. you can also use ⅓ cup thinly sliced onions instead of spring onions.

  3. mix and then begin to saute onions on a low to medium flame.

  4. saute spring onions till translucent.

  5. then add ½ teaspoon ginger-garlic paste.

  6. mix and saute till raw aroma of both ginger and garlic goes away.

  7. then add ⅓ cup chopped tomatoes. stir and saute for 2 to 3 minutes.

  8. then add ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder, ½ teaspoon red chilli powder, ½ teaspoon coriander powder and ½ teaspoon garam masala powder.

  9. mix the spices and saute for one minute on low flame.

  10. now add the steamed veggies. mix the veggies with the masala and saute for a minute.

  11. now add the rice in two to three parts. after adding each part, mix roughly.

  12. when you add the last portion of rice, then also add salt as per taste. mix very well.

  13. lastly add 1 to 2 tablespoons, chopped coriander leaves. if you want you can drizzle some lemon juice at this step.

  14. serve indian style veg masala fried rice garnished with some spring onion green or coriander leaves. accompany a raita or curd by side.

how to make masala fried rice

a) cooking rice:
1. rinse and then soak 1 heaped cup basmati rice (220 grams) in enough water for 20 minutes.

rice for making veg masala fried rice recipe

2. then heat 3.5 to 4 cups water + ½ teaspoon salt in a pan. bring the water to a rolling boil.

rice for making veg masala fried rice recipe

3. drain all the water from the rice and add the rice to the boiling water. stir well.

rice for making veg masala fried rice recipe

4. simmer the rice for 8 to 9 minutes on medium flame till the grains are softened and cooked well. if you want you can even keep an al dente texture in the rice.

rice for making veg masala fried rice recipe

5. check the taste and the rice grains should be tender. do not over cook them.

rice for making veg masala fried rice recipe

6. then drain all the water and let the rice grains become warm or cool at room temperature.

rice for making veg masala fried rice recipe

b) steaming veggies:

7. meanwhile rinse and then peel and chop veggies like carrots, french beans, potatoes, cauliflower etc. you will need 1.5 or 2 cups chopped mix veggies. i have used carrots, potatoes, beans and green peas. you can use any vegetable you want. take the chopped veggies in a pan or bowl. chop the veggies in small cubes so that they get cooked faster.

vegetables for making veg masala fried rice recipe

8. add 2 cups water in the pressure cooker. place the veggies in the cooker. cover and pressure cook for 3 to 4 whistles on medium flame.

vegetables for making veg masala fried rice recipe

9. when the pressure settles down on its own, open the lid and check if the veggies have cooked well. if not then steam for 2 to 3 whistles more.

vegetables for making veg masala fried rice recipe

making indian style masala fried rice

10. heat 2 tablespoons oil or ghee in a kadai or a pan. add 1 tej patta and ½ teaspoon cumin seeds. let the cumin seeds splutter.

making veg masala fried rice recipe

11. then add ⅓ cup thinly sliced spring onion whites. you can also use ⅓ cup thinly sliced onions instead of spring onions.

making veg masala fried rice recipe

12. mix and then begin to saute onions on a low to medium flame.

making veg masala fried rice recipe

13. saute spring onions till translucent.

making veg masala fried rice recipe

14. then add ½ teaspoon ginger-garlic paste.

making veg masala fried rice recipe

15. mix and saute till raw aroma of both ginger and garlic goes away.

making veg masala fried rice recipe

16. then add ⅓ cup chopped tomatoes.

making veg masala fried rice recipe

17. stir and saute for 2 to 3 minutes.

making veg masala fried rice recipe

18. then add ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder, ½ teaspoon red chilli powder, ½ teaspoon coriander powder and ½ teaspoon garam masala powder.

making veg masala fried rice recipe

19. mix the spices and saute for one minute on low flame.

making veg masala fried rice recipe

20. now add the steamed veggies.

making veg masala fried rice recipe

21. mix the veggies with the masala and saute for a minute.

making veg masala fried rice recipe

22. now add the rice in two to three parts.

making veg masala fried rice recipe

23. after adding each part, mix roughly.

making veg masala fried rice recipe

24. when you add the last portion of rice, then also add salt as per taste.

making veg masala fried rice recipe

25. mix very well.

making veg masala fried rice recipe

26. lastly add 1 to 2 tablespoons, chopped coriander leaves. if you want you can drizzle some lemon juice at this step.

veg masala fried rice recipe

27. serve indian style veg masala fried rice garnished with some spring onion green or coriander leaves. accompany a raita or curd by side.

veg masala fried rice recipe

dassana amit
Founder, Designer, Recipe Developer, Food Photographer ||

i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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  1. Hi dassana,
    Could u pls add collection of winter recipes like pinni, methi ladoo, adadiya pak, etc etc !
    Thank u !

    • Welcome Rams. I have noted down the recipes request and will try to add them.