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


  • 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.

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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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