A bowl of the Indian spiced fried rice.

Indian Spiced Fried Rice Recipe

Indian Spiced Fried Rice Recipe

A simple guide to how to cook an Indian style spiced and fried rice that will go with any number of curries or other Indian dishes! If you’ve ever wondered how to cook rice or jazz it up, this is the place for you.

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Introduction

I make a lot of curries. In the past few days alone, I’ve made everything from this beautiful chicken korma, to this big, punchy Goan lamb dish, to an even more exotic chicken massaman. I also cook a great deal of rice. It’s perfect for soaking up all that lovely sauce! I tend to flavour it in a variety of different ways. I’ve often found that gently frying it brings out a lot of wonderful flavours you’d otherwise miss out on.

The very first time I cooked a spiced rice dish I was surprised to find the rice was fried before being boiled. The idea of frying a dry ingredient seemed to flip everything I knew about cooking on its head. As a result, I kind of misfired. The first few times I used this technique, the results were edible, but a little bland. That’s definitely not the case any more!

I have cooked a lot of Indian dishes since and usually include a spiced or aromatic fried rice as a side. Showing off is a fun part of cooking and there’s something very impressive about an exciting bowl of rice! It’s all well and good to cook a fantastic curry, but if you can win people over with a humble rice dish, you know you’re onto a winner. Although that’s not to say I wouldn’t serve it with a curry and some equally exciting sides! These quick and easy onion bhajis, for example, are perfect with almost any Indian meal.

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About this dish

One of the most important things to take away from this is that you could incorporate whichever spices you like. If you fancy something warm and comforting, just follow these instructions. If you fancy something a little more exciting, try something else! A fried rice dish would be delicious cooked with with chilli powder, smoked paprika and a big ht of cumin. So feel free to go crazy!

So if you’ve ever wanted a really simple breakdown of how to cook a genuinely delicious fried rice dish, you’re in the right place!

And here is the rice in action, alongside a gorgeous Goan lamb curry.

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A bowl of the Indian spiced fried rice.

Indian Spiced Fried Rice Recipe

A simple guide to how to cook an Indian style spiced and fried rice that will go with any number of curries or other Indian dishes!

Ingredients
  

  • 1.5 Cups Long Grain White Rice
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 4 Cardamom Pods
  • 3 Cloves
  • 2 Star Anise
  • 1/2 Tsp Coriander Seeds
  • Optional 1/2 Tsp Turmeric for colour

Instructions
 

  • Toast the cloves in a dry pan on medium heat and grind them up with a pestle and mortar. You can do the same with the cardamom pods or you can leave them whole.
  • Combine those two spices with the coriander and set aside.
  • Oil the pan generously and bring it back to medium heat, then add the star anise and the cinnamon, allowing them a minute or two to temper in the heat.
  • Toss and turn them a little to keep them from burning, then add the spice mix you made earlier.
  • Allow the mix another minute or so, stirring frequently to stop it from burning, then add the rice and season with salt, again stirring to coat everything evenly.
  • Finally, add enough boiling water to submerge the rice and then the same again. Then simply allow the mixture to simmer away gently. This technique ensures the oil and spice settles evenly, coating everything in a wonderful blanket of flavour.
  • Once the water has all cooked in or evaporated, you’ll know the rice is ready. Keep checking as you go and if you need to, add a splash of water every now and again if it feels like it’s going to need a little longer.

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