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 Indian 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.


Fried rice in a white bowl with cilantro and a jalapeno pepper next to the bowl

Indian Fried Rice

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Keyword: Indian fried rice
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 131kcal


  • 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


  • 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.
  • Add rice, water, chili powder, turmeric and stir.
  • Cook until rice is heated through.


Serving: 85g | Calories: 131kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 47mg | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 1.3mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.5mg

Comments on "Quick and Easy Indian Fried Rice (Vagharelo Bhaat)"

  1. March 9, 2013
    Hari Chandana:

    Looks absolutely perfect and delicious.. Love the color.. First time here.. Happy to follow your space :)

    1. March 10, 2013
      Puja Thomas-Patel:

      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. :)

  2. August 24, 2018
    Peggy Holbrook:

    this was fabulous. My son is newly vegetarian and we are learning as we go. Yum. I also have been soaking my rice prior to cooking as you recommend. It is beautiful and fluffy. well done!

  3. September 8, 2018
    Martin Sanderson:

    Just done your Indian fried rice but with dried chilli flakes, used some defrosted rice from last week, everyone loved it, thanks for your recipes .

  4. November 21, 2020

    Tell me how mak not sticky rice

  5. March 19, 2021
    Ewan Bowman:

    Hi Puja. This is my "goto" recipe for left over steamed basmati rice for 2+ years now. I make it just as you describe above, although I like to stir through pinch of white pepper powder just after turning of the heat. I'm currently eating it on it's own while watching Game of Thrones re-runs! :-)

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