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Masala rice recipe With step by step photos. Masala rice or spiced rice is one dish which I make when I have some leftover 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 leftover rice. Few such Leftover rice recipes are:

masala rice

  1. Curd rice
  2. Fried rice
  3. Lemon rice.

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 delicious spiced rice which you can have with a raita and mango pickle or a side salad. Boondi raita or cucumber raita goes very well with this spicy rice.

You can even make this masala rice with freshly cooked rice. Just let the rice cool down completely before you add it to the masala or spice mixture.

How to make masala rice

1. Chop the green chili, tomato and onion. Measure the spices and keep the rest of the ingredients ready.

ingredients for masala rice

2. Heat 1 to 1.5 tablespoons of oil in pan. Add ½ teaspoon black mustard seeds.

mustard seeds for masala rice

3. Fry the mustard seeds till they splutter.

mustard seeds for masala rice

4. Add ½ teaspoon cumin seeds.

cumin seeds for masala rice

5. Fry cumin till they get browned.

cumin seeds for masala rice

6. Now add 1 medium-sized chopped onion.

onions for masala rice

7. Saute till the onions get softened and become transparent.

sauteing onions for masala rice

8. Add 1 sprig of curry leaves and 1 chopped green chili.

curry leaves for masala rice

9. Saute for 30 seconds.

making masala for masala rice

10. Add 1 medium-sized chopped tomato.

tomato for masala rice

11. Stir and mix well. Saute till the tomatoes become mushy.

sauteing tomatoes for masala rice

12. Now add ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder, ¼ teaspoon red chili powder, ¼ teaspoon garam masala powder, ½ teaspoon coriander powder and ½ teaspoon fennel powder.

spices for masala rice

13. Stir well.

mixing the spices

14. Add 1 pinch of asafoetida (hing) and salt as required.

masala rice or spiced rice recipe

15. Saute the masala or spice mixture for a minute.

masala for masala rice

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16. Add 2 cups of steamed rice or leftover rice.

adding cooked rice to masala

17. Stir well so that the masala coats the rice.

mixing cooked rice with masala

18. Saute for 2-3 minutes more continuously stirring the rice.

cooking masala rice

19. Lastly, add coriander leaves.

masala rice garnished with coriander leaves

20. Mix with the whole rice or you can garnish the masala rice with the coriander leaves.

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Serve the Masala rice hot with raita or with a salad, pickle and papad.

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Masala Rice

Masala rice is a medium hot spicy rice dish made with leftover rice.
4.84 from 6 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Cuisine Indian
Course Main Course
Servings 2 to 3


  • 2 cups leftover rice or steamed rice
  • ½ teaspoon black mustard seeds
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 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
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Garam Masala Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Coriander Powder

    (ground coriander)

  • ½ teaspoon fennel powder
  • 1 or 1.5 tablespoon 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 masala rice.
  • Lastly, add coriander leaves and mix with the masala rice or you can garnish the masala rice with the coriander leaves.
  • Serve hot with raita or with a veg salad, pickle and papad.


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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