fried rice

Fried rice recipe with step by step photos and video – aromatic, flavorful and delicious veg 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 Chinese fried rice recipe. It is also a vegan recipe and can be made gluten-free if you use gluten-free soy sauce.

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Whenever we order an Indo Chinese menu then fried rice is always there. Along with it we usually order different Indo Chinese recipes or starters. However vegetable fried rice has always stayed permanent in our choice of menu for Indo Chinese take aways or in restaurants.

This veg fried rice recipe 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 vegan fried rice plain and simple so that the flavors of the vegetables are enhanced.

You can serve veg Chinese fried rice with any Indo Chinese gravy dish.

How to make fried rice

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

soaked rice

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.

adding rice to hot water

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

cooking rice in the pan

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.

cooked rice

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

Stir-frying veggies for fried rice

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.

star anise in the oil in a wok

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.

adding garlic for making fried rice

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

adding chopped spring onions whites

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

add all the finely chopped veggies

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

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

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

Making fried rice

13. stir quickly and add the rice.

adding rice

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

cooking veg fried rice

15. Add 1 tsp rice vinegar (optional). You can also add regular vinegar. Mix well.

adding rice vinegar to veg fried rice

16. Add chopped spring onions greens to garnish the rice. You can also mix chopped spring onions greens with the rice.

garnishing veg fried rice

17. Serve Chinese fried rice hot plain or with an Indo Chinese vegetable recipe. you can serve it with any Indo Chinese gravy dish.

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Tips for making fried rice

  1. Don’t overcook 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.
  2. Besides the regular vegetables like carrots, beans used in the veg fried rice, I have also added button mushrooms. You can add your choice of vegetables when you make this Chinese fried rice. You can make it from freshly cooked rice or leftover rice.
  3. To give a sweet taste, you can add a bit of tomato sauce.
  4. To give a hot taste and flavor, you can add some red chili sauce or green chili sauce.
  5. 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 Chinese fried rice will still taste good without celery. You can see the celery pic below.
celery for veg fried rice recipe
celery

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Fried Rice

4.7 from 39 votes
Aromatic, flavorful and delicious veg fried rice recipe. One of the popular street foods in India.
fried rice recipe, veg fried rice recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:40 mins
Cook Time:20 mins
Total Time:1 hr
Course:main course
Cuisine:indo chinese
Servings (change the number to scale):3 to 4
(1 CUP = 250 ML)

INGREDIENTS

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

  • 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
  • ½ inch ginger 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 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

INSTRUCTIONS

cooking rice

  • Rinse rice very well till the water runs clear of starch. Soak rice in water for 30 mins. Drain and keep aside.
  • In a pot, bring to a gentle boil 4.5 to 5 cups of water with salt and 2 to 3 drops of oil.
  • Add the soaked and drained rice to the hot water.
  • On a low to medium flame cook the rice without the lid.
  • When the rice becomes al dente or just cooked, remove the pot from fire and drain the rice.
  • 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.

chopping veggies

  • 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.

making fried rice

  • Heat oil in a wok or a pan. First add the star anise and fry for some seconds or till the oil becomes fragrant.
  • 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.
  • Add the spring onions whites/scallions and saute for about 2 minutes.
  • Then add all the finely chopped veggies including the celery. Increase the flame to a medium or high and stir fry the veggies.
  • You have to continuously toss and stir while frying so that the veggies are uniformly cooked and do not get burnt.
  • The veggies have to be stir-fried, till they are almost cooked and yet retain their crunchiness and crispiness.
  • 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 rice well. Keep a check when adding salt, as soy sauce already has salt in it.
  • Serve the fried rice hot plain or with an indo chinese vegetable gravy.

RECIPE VIDEO

NOTES

  • You can add your choice of vegetables.

NUTRITION INFO (approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
Fried Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 380 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 1565mg68%
Potassium 276mg8%
Carbohydrates 62g21%
Fiber 4g17%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 4660IU93%
Vitamin C 10.2mg12%
Calcium 51mg5%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Dassana Amit

Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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172 comments/reviews

  1. 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 🙂

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

    • thankyou latha 🙂

  3. 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.

  4. 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 vinegar5 stars

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

  5. 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.

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

    • welcome anamika.

  7. super……

  8. 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.

  9. I like this page

    • thankyou yayikoje 🙂

  10. 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!!4 stars

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

  11. Thanks for giving

    • welcome vidhya 🙂

  12. 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.

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

    • thanks deepika.

  14. Nice

  15. 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….
    Gauri5 stars

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

  16. 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?

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

    • thankyou sush 🙂

  18. 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?

  19. Awesome Awesome Awesome !!!!!! Thank you very much

    • thankyou sabina 🙂

  20. 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.

  21. 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!5 stars

    • 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.4 stars

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

  24. 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..5 stars

    • welcome ankita. nice to know this.

  25. i love chinese

  26. 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.

  27. 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..5 stars

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

  28. Super superb

  29. 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.

  30. Iwill try all your recipes are awesome 😀 i Like it . Thank you4 stars

    • welcome younes

  31. 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

  32. Iwill try all your recipes are awesome. Thank you2 stars

    • welcome strelina

  33. GREAT. I COOKED RICE EXACTLY LIKE SAID – AL DENTE. IT IS PERFECT. HOWEVER DID NOT ADD SOY SAUCE AND MUSHROOM. CELERY NOT AVAILABLE HERE. BUT TASTE WAS FABULOUS. NOVICES TO COOKING, TRY THIS WITHOUT FEATR. IT WORKS PERFECTLY. ALMOST LIKE RESTAURANT.

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

  34. 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!4 stars

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

  35. so, cute