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masala rice recipe, spiced rice recipe

masala rice is a medium hot spicy rice dish made with leftover rice.

4.5 from 8 votes
total time:
20minutes

masala rice or spiced rice recipe with step by step photos. masala 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 like:

masala rice
  1. rice kheer
  2. rice pakora
  3. lemon rice
  4. soft idlis.

this masala rice recipe is quick & easy, especially when you have leftover rice. it makes for a filling brunch or lunch or 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.

if you are looking for more rice recipes then do check garam masala rice, masale bhat, biryani rice, vegetable pulao, veg biryani in pressure cooker and ven pongal recipe.

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masala rice recipe

masala rice is a medium hot spicy rice dish made with leftover rice.
course main course
cuisine indian
prep time 5 minutes
cook time 15 minutes
total time 20 minutes
servings 2 to 3
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

  • 2 cups leftover rice or steamed rice
  • ½ teaspoon black mustard seeds (rai)
  • 1 sprig curry leaves (kadi patta)
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1 green chili (or red chili), chopped
  • 1 medium size onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium size tomato, finely chopped
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing) - optional
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder (lal mirch powder)
  • ¼ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder (dhania powder)
  • ½ teaspoon fennel powder (saunf)
  • 1 or 1.5 tablespoon oil
  • salt as required
  • coriander leaves for garnishing (optional)

how to make masala rice recipe

  1. heat oil. fry the mustard seeds till they splutter.
  2. add the cumin and fry till they get browned.
  3. now add the onion and saute till the onions get softened and become transparent.
  4. add the curry leaves, green chili and saute for 30 seconds.
  5. add the tomatoes and saute till the tomatoes become mushy.
  6. now add all the spice powders and asafoetida along with salt.
  7. saute the masala or spice mixture for a minute.
  8. add the rice and stir well so that the masala coats the rice.
  9. saute for 2-3 minutes more continuously stirring the rice.
  10. lastly add coriander leaves and mix with the whole rice or you can garnish the masala rice with the coriander leaves.
  11. serve the masala rice hot with raita or with a veg salad, pickle and papad.

recipe notes

this recipe gives a moderately hot and spicy rice. to tone down or increase the spiciness and heat, increase or decrease the green chili, red chili powder and garam masala powder as per your requirements.

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how to make masala rice or spiced rice recipe:

1. chop the green chili, tomato and onion. measure the spices and keep the rest of ingredients ready for the masala rice.

masala rice or spiced rice recipe

2. heat 1 to 1.5 tablespoons of oil in pan.

masala rice or spiced rice recipe

3. add ½ teaspoon black mustard seeds.

masala rice or spiced rice recipe

4. fry the mustard seeds till they splutter.

masala rice or spiced rice recipe

5. add ½ teaspoon cumin seeds.

masala rice or spiced rice recipe

6. fry cumin till they get browned.

masala rice or spiced rice recipe

7. now add 1 medium sized chopped onion.

masala rice or spiced rice recipe

8. saute till the onions get softened and become transparent.

masala rice or spiced rice recipe

9. add 1 sprig of curry leaves and 1 chopped green chili.

masala rice or spiced rice recipe

10. saute for 30 seconds.

masala rice or spiced rice recipe

11. add 1 medium sized chopped tomato.

masala rice or spiced rice recipe

12. stir and mix well.

masala rice or spiced rice recipe

13. saute till the tomatoes become mushy.

masala rice or spiced rice recipe

14. now add ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi), ¼ teaspoon red chili powder, ¼ teaspoon garam masala powder, ½ teaspoon coriander powder (dhania powder) and ½ teaspoon fennel powder (saunf).

masala rice or spiced rice recipe

15. stir well.

masala rice or spiced rice recipe

16. add 1 pinch of asafoetida (hing).

masala rice or spiced rice recipe

17. add salt as required.

masala rice or spiced rice recipe

18. saute the masala or spice mixture for a minute.

masala rice or spiced rice recipe

19. add 2 cups of steamed rice or leftover rice.

masala rice or spiced rice recipe

20. stir well so that the masala coats the rice.

masala rice or spiced rice recipe

21. saute for 2-3 minutes more continuously stirring the rice.

masala rice or spiced rice recipe

22. lastly add coriander leaves.

masala rice or spiced rice recipe

23. mix with the whole rice or you can garnish the masala rice with the coriander leaves.

masala rice or spiced rice recipe

serve the masala rice hot with raita or with a salad, pickle and papad.

spicy masala rice

dassana amit
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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, l liked ur receipes very much. Everyday l follow ur different different recipes my children also loved to eat. Its yummy and tasty. Thanku very much for making my kitchen easy.

    • welcome suchitra, glad our blog could help you in your day to day cooking. thanks for positive feedback.

  2. Really so spicy i definetly try it…

    • surely try and let us know how it was ashu 🙂

  3. Hi mam,
    I tried this recipe n it turned out to be awesome.. Thank u so much for such an easy n tasty recipe 🙂

    • glad you liked vaishnavi 🙂 thankyou so much and you are always welcome.

  4. Hey m ur big fan seriously… Just love ur all the recipes.. Everyday i literally mean it EVERYDAY i refer to ur recipes.. It has become the most important part of my daily life.. You are a STAR. God bless u with all the happiness

    • thank you very much rashmi for this comment and also for your kind wishes.

  5. The procedure you gave is very easy and comfortable to everybody who wants cook.I used the same methods and prepared tasty food at home.thankyou…

    • we are pleased to know this anu thankyou so much 🙂

  6. easy fast simple and extremely delicious recipe..crazy yummy with chicken fry and some raita…its become a part of our family meals now…

    • thanks sherin

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