fried rice recipe, how to make veg fried rice recipe | vegetable fried rice

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fried rice recipe with step by step photos and video – aromatic, flavorful and delicious vegetable fried rice recipe. this is one of our favorite indo chinese recipe. as the flavors of the veggies really come out very well in this fried rice recipe.

whenever we order an indo chinese menu then veg fried rice is always there. along with fried rice we usually order different indo chinese vegetables recipes or snacks like spring roll, veg manchurian, gobi manchurian, chilli paneer. however vegetable fried rice has always stayed permanent in our choice of menu for indo chinese take aways or in restaurants.

veg fried rice

this veg fried rice tastes more chinese than indo chinese. i have used the spice star anise (chakri phool) to flavor the rice along with soy sauce. the indo chinese version of fried rice which we get in india is always spiced and sometimes hot too. they add different spices & herbs like green chilies, red chili powder, garam masala powder etc. i have kept this vegetable fried rice plain and simple, so that the flavors of the vegetables are enhanced.

whenever you make any chinese recipe then always add celery to get the real chinese taste. without celery something will be missing. you can make chinese food without other important ingredients like spring onions but not without celery. but if you don’t have celery then there is no option or substitute. just skip adding it. this veg fried rice will still taste good without celery. you can see the celery pic below.

celery for veg fried rice recipe

beside the regular vegetables like carrots, beans used in the fried rice, i have also added button mushrooms. you can add your choice of vegetables when you make this veg fried rice. you can make this veg fried rice from freshly cooked rice or leftover rice.

don’t over cook the rice. they have to be al dente or just cooked. always drain and completely cool the rice before you stir fry them with the veggies. if the rice is not cooled and added hot or warm, you won’t get a perfect texture and the rice grains will break and become mushy.

while serving veg fried rice you have many options. you can serve fried rice with any indo chinese gravy dish like:

fried rice recipe below:

fried rice recipe, veg fried rice recipe
4.55 from 37 votes

fried rice recipe | veg fried rice recipe | vegetable fried rice recipe

fried rice recipe - aromatic, flavorful and delicious vegetable fried rice recipe. one of the popular street foods in india.

course main course
cuisine indo chinese
prep time 40 minutes
cook time 20 minutes
total time 1 hour
servings 3 to 4
rough calories per serving 380 kcal
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

for cooking rice:

  • 1 cup long grained rice or basmati rice
  • 4.5 to 5 cups water
  • ½ teaspoon salt or as required
  • 2 to 3 drops of oil

other ingredients for veg fried rice recipe:

  • ¼ cup EACH of finely chopped spring onion whites (scallions), carrots, french beans, cabbage, mushrooms, capsicum (bell peppers - green, red or yellow) OR about 1.5 to 2 cups finely chopped vegetables
  • 3 to 4 small sized garlic chopped OR ¾ teaspoon finely chopped garlic (lahsun)
  • ½ inch ginger (adrak) finely chopped (optional)
  • 1.5 to 2 teaspoon finely chopped celery - skip if you do not have
  • 3 teaspoon naturally fermented soy sauce or add as required
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar or regular vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper powder (kali mirch powder) or add as required
  • 1 star anise (chakri phool)
  • 2 to 2.5 tablespoon sesame oil or any other oil
  • 2 tablespoon chopped spring onions greens for garnish or adding towards the end
  • salt as required

how to make recipe

cooking rice:

  1. rinse rice very well till the water runs clear of starch. soak rice in water for 30 mins. drain and keep aside.
  2. in a pot, bring to a gentle boil 4.5 to 5 cups of water with salt and 2 to 3 drops of oil.
  3. add the soaked and drained rice to the hot water.
  4. on a low to medium flame cook the rice without the lid.
  5. when the rice becomes al dente or just cooked, remove the pot from fire and drain the rice.
  6. you can also gently rinse the rice in water so that they stop cooking and don't stick to each other. cover the rice and keep aside till the rice cools completely.

making veg fried rice recipe:

  1. when the rice is cooling, chop the veggies finely and keep aside. remember to chop the french beans very finely. they take more time to cook than other veggies. you can also blanch them first and then cook. another option is to add the beans first and then add the other vegetables.
  2. heat oil in a wok or a pan. first add the star anise and fry for some seconds or till the oil becomes fragrant.
  3. add the garlic and saute for some seconds. no need to brown the garlic. at this stage, you can also add ginger, if you prefer.
  4. add the spring onions whites/scallions and saute for about 2 minutes.
  5. then add all the finely chopped veggies including the celery. increase the flame to a medium or high and stir fry the veggies.
  6. you have to continuously toss and stir while frying so that the veggies are uniformly cooked and do not get burnt.
  7. the veggies have to be stir fried, till they are almost cooked and yet retain their crunchiness and crispiness.
  8. add the soy sauce, salt and pepper. stir quickly and add the rice. stir fry for a few minutes till the sauce has coated the fried rice well. keep a check when adding salt, as soy sauce already has salt in it.

  9. serve the fried rice hot plain or with an indo chinese vegetable gravy.

recipe video

recipe notes

tips for making veg fried rice recipe:

  • to give a sweet taste to the veg fried rice, you can add a bit of tomato sauce.
  • to give a hot taste and flavor, you can add some red chili sauce or green chili sauce.
  • add celery to get the real chinese taste. without celery something will be missing

how to make veg fried rice recipe:

1. soak 1 cup basmati rice in water for 30 mins. then drain and keep the rice aside.

soaked rice for fried rice recipe

2.  bring 4.5 to 5 cups water, ½ tsp salt and 2-3 drops of oil to a gentle boil. add the drained soaked rice.

making fried rice recipe

3. simmer on a low flame without a lid and cook the rice till they are al dente or just cooked.

rice for making veg fried rice recipe

4. strain in a colander and let the rice cool completely. cover and keep the rice aside.  you can also rinse the rice with water so that the rice grains stop cooking. gently with your hands, move the cooked rice grains, while rinsing them with water. drain completely. cover and keep aside.

making fried rice recipe

5. when the rice is cooling, chop the veggies finely and keep aside. remember to chop the french beans very finely. they take more time to cook than other veggies. you can also blanch them first and then cook. another option is to add the beans first and then add the other vegetables.

vegetables for making fried rice recipe

making fried rice recipe:

6. heat 2 to 2.5 tbsp oil in a wok or a pan. first add 1 star anise and fry for some seconds or till the oil becomes fragrant.

making fried rice recipe

7. add the garlic (3 to 4 small sized garlic chopped or ¾ tsp finely chopped garlic). saute for some seconds. no need to brown the garlic. you can also add ginger if you prefer.

making fried rice recipe

8. add 2 tbsp chopped spring onions whites and saute for 2 minutes.

making fried rice recipe

9. add all the finely chopped veggies including the celery. increase the flame to medium or high and stir fry the vegetables.

making fried rice recipe

10. you have to continuously toss and stir while frying so that the veggies are uniformly cooked and do not get burnt.

frying vegetables for making veg fried rice recipe

11. the veggies have to be stir fried till they are almost cooked and yet retain their crunch.

fried vegetables for making veg fried rice recipe

12. add 3 tsp soy sauce, salt and ½ tsp black pepper powder. keep a check when adding salt, as soy sauce already has salt in it.

making veg fried rice recipe

13. stir quickly and add the rice.

rice to make veg fried rice recipe

14. stir fry for a few minutes till the sauce has coated the vegetable fried rice well.

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15. add 1 tsp rice vinegar (optional). you can also add regular vinegar. mix well.

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16. add chopped spring onions greens to garnish the fried rice. you can also mix chopped spring onions greens with the veg fried rice.

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17. serve veg fried rice hot plain or with an indo chinese vegetable recipe. you can serve the fried rice with any indo chinese gravy dish.

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dassana amit
i started in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. a home science degree course further enhanced my cooking and baking skills professionally along with an internship in a five star hotel. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

all the 1800 recipes posted on blog are tried and tested and made healthy wherever possible. the recipes are detailed and with step by step pictures that will easily help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food.

168 thoughts on “fried rice recipe, how to make veg fried rice recipe | vegetable fried rice

  1. What is celery called in hindi. Is it available with the local vegetable vendor.

    • celery is called as ajmoda. vegetable vendors who sell gourmet veggies like colored capsicum, baby corn, mushrooms, broccoli usually have herbs like celery, basil etc with them.

  2. Hey, ur recipes really helped me a lot in cooking. Thanks and am really grateful to you for posting ur recipes with step by step procedure as well and pics..

    • Welcome Seetal. Thanks for your positive feedback and kind words.

  3. Dear dassana amit
    I have been tried this recipe many times and each time it came out very beautifully.
    But i do some variations in it. I do not use mushroom but i add lot of onions and i use much more quantity of garlic than recommended by you.
    Can we use other vegetables available locally and seasonally.
    Dalbara Singh

    • thanks dalbara for sharing your feedback and also the variations. mushrooms can be given a skip. and yes more garlic and onions always taste good in a fried rice. you can use seasonal veggies. in fact you can use shredded lauki, zucchini, pumpkin. even finely chopped brinjals and cauliflower can be used. just that you will need to cook them for more time, till they are completely cooked. if using lauki, zucchini or pumpkin, then cook till the moisture dries up and then add the rice. you can also add greens like spinach and amaranth leaves (chaulai). even methi can be added. with methi and amaranth leaves the taste will change.

  4. Can I add tomato sauce in place of soya sauce?

    • Diksha, you can add. but it will give some sweet taste.

  5. can dried celery be used in it and other indo chinese receipes?

    • annu, yes you can use dried celery.

  6. Made it )made it again….its awesome awesome awesome !!!!

    • thanks a lot safina for this lovely feedback. happy cooking 🙂

  7. Tried this recipe today it turned out yummy ?

    • thanks for the feedback jen 🙂

  8. Thank you mam..I have tried this racipy …I like ur all racipies

    • welcome sarika

  9. what is celery??

  10. Can I do it without the soya sauce…

    • you can skip soya sauce.

  11. I love your recipes and often try to it. When I make it., everytime I successful. Thnx to you mam. Today I make veg fried rice. And it’s yummy. Everyone liked it. Thank you so much.

    • thankyou kalpna for your kind and positive words 🙂

  12. This is really awesome the way u explain the recipe

    • thankyou latha 🙂

  13. hi…I love ur recipies and the way u show it with the help of pictures is amazing….I have query about fried rice…can we cook rice in cooker…or only in pan…and its important to make fried rice in non stick pan….or a simple kadai can go…plz let me know..

    • thanks shivangi. its better to cook rice in a pan. you can make veg fried rice in simple kadai also.

  14. Hello,
    What if we did not add vinegar!?

    • you can skip vinegar. vinegar gives a slight sour taste, thats why its added.

      • We can put lemon for vinegar

        • yes you can use lemon, but add less or as per your taste requirements.

  15. Y u nt showing pictures
    I watch ur recipes becz ur showing it with a picture… It easier to understand.. Plzz change ur concept. Anyways I m big fan of ur channel even I suggest it to so many people.

    • pictures are there gayatri in the post below the recipe card.

  16. It can’t get easier than this. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

    • welcome anamika.

  17. super……

  18. Wow..u do a lot of work.. the intro to the food, the step-wise recipe, the beautiful pics, wid the explanation again, the links for other types of dishes along wid it, ur responses to our comments, so many varieties of food …so much of editing n stuff ..phew!!! Too good..

    • firstly thankyou vibha for your kind, positive and kind words 🙂 glad you liked our blog take care and looking forward for more feedback from you.

  19. I like this page

    • thankyou yayikoje 🙂

  20. Hey!! Love all ur recipes 🙂 my mom makes fun of me that I have more trust on you than her.. 😀 thanks for helping us all!!

    • thank you lakshmi for this sweet feedback. convey my regards to your mom 🙂

  21. Thanks for giving

    • welcome vidhya 🙂

  22. Hi,

    In basmati rice recipe it is mentioned to add 2 cups water to 1 cup basmati rice, however in this recipe for 1 cup rice we are adding 4.5 cups of water, am confused

    • in the basmati rice post, the rice is cooked with the absorption method where the water is not drained and all the water is absorbed by the rice. here in this recipe, the rice is cooked with the rapid boiling method, where the water is drained. rapid boiling method is used for cooking rice for stir fried recipes and biryanis as the excess starch is discarded with the drained water.

  23. It is very easy to prepare. I like this very much. My sister and Bro and others like this very much.

    • thanks deepika.

  24. Nice

  25. Hi
    I tired veg fried rice
    It was simply awesome more delicious n even more tasty n healthy.My family complimented n requested me to make it every sunday.All the credit goes to you my Dear Friend Thanks alot.Your simplicity n neat n clear work makes us understand quicker even pics are fantastics for easy understanding….
    Thanks alot….

    • thanks a lot gauri for this positive comment. good to know and happy cooking 🙂

  26. Hello dasana ji today I tried veg fried recipe and it came out good but the color was blackish n the taste of veggies was bit less but I liked I love cooking but have a low experience am just 18 so:) thanks for your yummy recipes

    • deeksha, which pan you used for stir frying. was it iron pan or kadai?

  27. All time hit…..simple yet delicious, I can say. Keep up the good work.

    • thankyou sush 🙂

  28. I like cooking. My husband like to eat the food in restaurant style ingredients .this website can fullfill it thanks…??

    • thankyou pratibha do try the recipes and let us know how were they?

  29. Awesome Awesome Awesome !!!!!! Thank you very much

    • thankyou sabina 🙂

  30. Hi dassana Amit…I love your recipes sooo much…the way u explain make the cooking sooo easy..I have tried many of ur recipes and got appreciation from my family for the same :)..Everything turned out so well..Last weekend I tried the Paneer fried rice and it was awesome..I will try this fried rice recipe and will share the feedback.

    • thanks a lot swetha. hope the veg fried rice went well. do share your feedback.

  31. I love this recipe. So easy and so delicious! I’m not a big anise fan, so I substituted with Chinese 5 spice and I added a couple scrambled egg. Even my very picky eater, 5 year old loved it! It’s a great way to get my kids a serving of vegetables in variety of colors. Thanks!

    • thanks for the feedback and sharing your experience. we also like chinese 5 spice and i do add it in stir fries and fried rice at times.

  32. Thanks Amit for this recipe which is very easy to cook for a 14 year old boy like me ,my mother is ill and can’t cook coz of her nerv probs so I thought of cooking ur recipe & u know what she liked it so much and this isnt just a recipe its a magical spell which creates food and brings family more close…thanks a lot ^-^……

    • welcome rohan. i appreciate your sweet gesture for your mother. hope she get well soon. i agree with you, food brings the family together.

  33. Hello Amit. You really make cooking intresting n yummy… The best part is simplicity of recepie. Awesummm . Despite a busy schedule as a Gynac.. I manage to cook for family always by my own bcoz of Ur quick to do recepies.

    • Thanks Dr Jini for sharing positive feedback. nice to know this.

  34. I made the lemon rice recipe for dinner today…I loved how easy it was to make and tasted great…the step by step recipes really helped a lot…my next recipe is going to be this fried rice… Thank you so much..

    • welcome ankita. nice to know this.

  35. i love chinese

  36. Wowww superb very yummy
    Today my wife’s health is not well
    That’s why I cooked vegetable fried rice and veg Manchorian for my sweet wife with your instructions Thanks amit …..!!!!

    • Welcome G S Sandhu. Nice Gesture.

  37. The recipes u gv r awsm im 17 and I love to cook I HV tried a pllot of ur recipes and I HV got success and awsm comments i lk the pic. As it really helps alot …. Thanx a lot

    • welcome lyn. glad to know this.

      • Hi, I have tried the tawa paneer and some other recipes from ur blog… All turned out so we’ll… The pictures help a lot to while preparing for the first time. .. Today I’ll try fried rice recipe. ..
        Thanks a lot for the wonderful mouth watering recipe..

        • welcome pragathi. glad to know this. thanks for sharing positive feedback on recipes.

  38. Super superb

  39. Hello dassana
    Ur recipes r just fabulous. … although its homemade but taste like Chinese outlets . …loved it spl my 8 yr old kid saransh he is found of Chinese food …..he is saying mumma it’s yuuuuummmm. So thanks a tone for ur delicious and healthy recipes.

    • welcome deepali. glad to know this. specially liked the response of your child.

  40. Iwill try all your recipes are awesome 😀 i Like it . Thank you

    • welcome younes

  41. Which part of the celery is used? just the leaves, stalks or both?

    • cynthia, leaves can also be added. but generally the stalks are added. as the stem is more flavored than the leaves.

    • thanks a lot, will definitely try this.

      • welcome cynthia

  42. Iwill try all your recipes are awesome. Thank you

    • welcome strelina


    • thanks anand for sharing positive feedback. glad to know that you liked the recipe.

  44. I just tried this recipe and it came out tasting totally awesome. Thanks for your easy and well explained recipes. It makes me enjoy cooking!

    • welcome sowmya. glad to know that you liked the recipe.

  45. so, cute

  46. Awesome It very easy and tasty………………….

    • thanks dhanalakshmi

  47. Hi!
    I’m an avid fan of your mouth watering recipes and the delightful photos that explain all the details. Just a tiny correction if you could. Celery is actually a vegetable but in your photos and description I think the herb you’re talking about is actually called parsley.

    • thanks sheerja for your kind words. i grow both celery and parsley in my garden. this is celery only.

  48. the recipes you share are simply awesome…i prefer the website on regular basis…looking ahead for intresting recipes…good luck 🙂

    • thanks sakshi for your positive feedback and best wishes.

  49. Hello dassana,thnx for easy recipes you give us. Your recipy of fried rice is awesome n my husband liked this and praised me. You made my day. Thank you again

    • welcome neha. glad to know this. thanks for sharing your positive feedback.

  50. Dassana Di you are just rocking…..Today I tried the fried rice and veg manchurian (both the dried and gravy)….First time in my life I made Chinese dish for my mom and she love those….Thank You….:) 🙂 🙂

    • welcome suptinil. glad to know that you and your mother liked the recipes. thanks for sharing positive feedback and for your kind words.

  51. I love the way you explain and with photos, nice. Please upload pure continental veg. Foods. I am today trying your fried rice receive hope I will succeed. Happy Holi. Thank you

  52. Hi dassana I make this fried rice many comes so delicious and yummy…and I want to make this Fried rice with different veggies but,i have no idea.. Pls tell me any other suitable veggie for this recipe…

    • thanks mymoona. you can add veggies like zucchini, peas, cauliflower, baingan, spinach, kale, tindora, potatoes, baby corn, shalgam etc.

  53. what does ‘celery’ mean?

    • ratna, celery is a herb used in indo-chinese cooking. if you don’t have celery then skip adding it.

  54. I love this recipe

    It’s yummy…..

    • thanks poonam

  55. I don’t have easy access to fresh celery. Is it possible to incorporate dried celery into this? If so at which step?


    • welcome dhaval. yes you can add dried celery. add them when you add the veggies.

  56. Thank you…. m gonna try now.

    • welcome reena

  57. Have tried out this receipe it’s turn out yummy….Thanks 4 uploading the receipe

    • welcome shikha. thanks for sharing positive feedback.

  58. I was making the dish at home and it was amazing.My would be husband also like the dish very much. Thanks for uploading this recipe and the pictures along with the steps help a lot.

    • welcome joyeeta. good to know your experience. thanks for sharing this positive feedback.

  59. nice…

    • thanks satyamani

  60. Nice

  61. The taste was very good

    • thanks radhika

  62. I love this recipe

  63. Awesome….m sure yr recipe gonna bring smile on my wife’s face….cheers

    • thanks shubh

  64. Superb

    • thanks yaminiramesh

  65. It’s yummy…..

  66. super recipe……….

  67. Excellent recipes

  68. This looks sooooo yummy ! I prepare it this way too! I think i need to cut the veggies more finely like urs ! 🙂

    • thanks tapaswini

  69. Wonderful recipe. I like the way you have given demonstration on each step as if a live video is streaming. This makes so easy cooking without any ambiguity. The rices recipe is outstanding

    • thanks aleena 🙂

  70. How will I get celery

    • in any super store in indian metros and cities.

  71. It was ferry beautiful n tasty. I tried this recipe it was brilliant.

    • thanks sweya

  72. I tried this recipe n it was Delicious. My whole family liked it.

    Thank u..

    • welcome usha rao

  73. HI
    I tried this recipe today. and the outcome was awesome, delicious .
    Thanks For the Share !!!

    • welcome hemalatha

  74. dear Dassana I have looked in many markets but can’t find celery, not even in Big Bazaar .I live in Bengal, Howrah which is not really a total suburb,what do I do?

    • skip celery then. i don’t think you will be able to get where you live.

    • Megha u will find celery i think at spencers and yes for sure inside the SS hogg market, new market esplanade, they keep almost all stuff for chinese cokking

      • thansk tapaswini for sharing the details.

  75. Hi I liked the recipes but when I try it won’t come the husb love new food and I always try to make new. Any suggesion for good cooking.

    • which recipes are you mentioning. any particular ones? let me know.

  76. So I have a question – For celery – Can I use dry celery spice or is it the fresh green celery stalk? I have the dry celery seed spice and was wondering if I could use that and if so how much would you recommend.


    • you can use dried celery or fresh celery stalks. the seeds would give a different flavor. you can try though. just about 1/8 tsp should be fine.

      • Thanks for your reply. Is there any substitute for the star anise or if we skip it, would the taste be drastically different?

        • there would be a subtle difference. but still you can skip star anise.

  77. Hii ! I made it yesterday n followed the recipe to the T ! It came out jus perfect. I had no idea that celery abd star anise would make so much of a difference !

    • thanks deepti for the positive feedback in veg fried rice. celery is important in indo-chinese recipes.

  78. Hi,
    When you say celery… Did you mean Coriander (cilantro)?!

    • no, i don’t mean coriander (cilantro). celery is a herb often added to european and chinese cooking.

      • Celery that i believe you are referring to in your recipe is not a herb.

        • jaya, celery is a herb and used in indo-chinese recipes.

    • Celery is ajwain or ajmoda in hindi

      • celery is no ajwain. though both ajwain and celery are from the same species.

  79. Nice

  80. wow very nice dishes.i like very much

    • thanks pruthvi

      • I will try by this method though I know different ways of preparing it, and about celery I have plenty of it in dubai

        • Thanks for the receipe. Let me try it.

          • welcome teena

            • Thanks, its clear to me as u show in step by step pic.
              I like ur recipes a lot. Well done..

              • thanks and welcome shawnli.

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