Quick and Easy Indian Fried Rice (Vagharelo Bhaat)


For most of my life, my dad only knew how to make two things: Chai and fried rice (Indian style). Now he makes many delicious recipes but his fried rice is still a favorite. I always think of him when I make fried rice because when my mom was gone he would make fried rice from leftover rice in the refrigerator.

Fried rice is a great way to reheat rice, completely transforming the leftover rice into a delicious meal. It uses very little oil so it is still pretty healthy, and best of all, it only takes 10 minutes.


Indian Fried Rice

Indian Fried Rice

  • Prep time: 5 min
  • Cook time: 10 min
  • Total time: 15 min
  • Yields 2 cups


  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1/2 onion, roughly diced
  • 1 tsp chopped green chili (or to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 cups cooked rice, I use Basmati rice
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder (or to taste)
  • 2 tbsp water
  • salt, to taste
  • 1 tbsp cilantro, chopped


  1. Heat oil in a pan until it shimmers. Toss in the cumin seeds and let cook for about 15 seconds. Toss in the onion and green chili. Stir. Add a little salt and cook until the onions are soft, stirring every couple minutes.
  2. Add rice, water, chili powder, turmeric and stir.
  3. Cook until rice is heated through.
Nutrition Info
Serving Size 1/2 cup Sodium 100mg
Calories 114 Trans Fat 0g
Carbohydrates 20g Fat 6g
Protein 7g Cholesterol 0g

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    • Thanks Hari! So glad you like the color. I try to display the vibrant colors and textures of India in my food set ups. It’s a work in progress as I try to figure out the right balance. 🙂

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