Chinese vegetable fried rice

Few days back, Shilpa Sane had asked for this recipe.

A few points to be noted while preparing fried rice :
– The vegetables should not become very soft. They should be crunchy.
– The rice should not become too soft, the grains should be seperate, so while cooking rice add a drop of oil. Preferably, do not cook rice in cooker/microwave. Cook with around 1(rice) : 4(water). When rice is cooked, drain off the extra water.

Basmati rice 1 cup
Vegetables (green beans, carrot, capsicum etc cut into small pieces) 3/4 cup
Green chillies (optional) 2-3
Soya sauce 1 tbl spn
Vinegar 1 tbl spn
Pepper powder 1/2 tea spn
Oil 1 tea spn

Cook rice and keep aside.
Heat oil and fry the vegetables for around 10min. They should be just cooked. Add the soya sauce and vinegar and mix for a minute. Add rice, pepper and salt.

Serves : 2
Preparation time : 20min

34 thoughts on “Chinese vegetable fried rice”

  1. Priyanka, I have mentioned cook the rice in 1:4 ratio and when rice is cooked, drain and discard the water. This is to ensure the rice grains does not stick to each other.

  2. Shilpa,

    I think it didn’t work for us the 1:4 ratio rice on slow open cooking. Maybe we will give it another shot with 1:3 next time. 1 tsp soy/vinegar was too little I think maybe it should be 2/2 to make it more “chinese” 😉


  3. Sanjay, I have clearly mentioned to “DRAIN OFF” extra water. 1:4 ratio water is added only because you can discard the extra water and by doing so, the rice grains won’t stick to each other.

  4. Hi Shilpa,
    Nice receipe. I tried this out and it came out to be great. Thanks for sharing.

    I think the quantity of water and time to cook the rice depends on what type of rice it is (like old or new rice from harvesting point of view).
    Anyways, I used 1:4 ratio for rice and water and cooked on high flame without putting the lid on.


  5. One trick not to make the veggies soft is to heat the oil really well and put all the veggies on high flame. This will suddenly cook the veggies at high heat and not make it soft (almost like giving a shock). After they are cooked a little bit make sure you remove them quickly.

  6. To get a proper seperated rice, you can cook with the 1:4 ratio in a microwave. Add boiling water to rice, cook in the microwave uncovered for around 8 mins, then drain the water, wash it with cold water and cook covered for another 3 minutes.

  7. Hi shilpa,
    Can i boil carrots & capsicum in water to make it soft as it may take time to cook in frying.


  8. i cook the rice ‘al dente’ that is just done & apply a little bit of oil, salt, soy sauce(optional) & ajinomoto to the rice grains. spread on a flat plate & dry under the fan.(love ur site shilpa)

  9. I am 9 years old.I told this recipie to my
    mother.She tried it.I also ate it.It was yummmmmmmmmmmmmmm


  10. Hi Shilpa,

    i came across this site today while looking
    4 recipe for chapathi n puri. it is a great site. tks a lot. i shall try yr recipes and keep in touch. tks again 4 yr generous heart.

  11. oh the site’s really gud…. it helped me a ton to get various recipes which i never knew how to cook!!!! thanx aton!!!

  12. Hi Shilpa,
    This is my first email to you. I went thro yr site of receipes and have noted some with the intention that i will prepare them one day.
    I tried this receipe of fried rice and it came out satisfactory. However, i didn’t use vinegar. instead while mixing the rice with veggies i used one maggie cube.
    I am not a good cook and moreover i hate cooking. But i admire people who cook well.
    With the help of your receipes i hope to be a good cook. Pls wish me luck and thanks for receipes once again.

  13. Recipes looks great but can u pls tell me after water boils then we have to add rice or along with water we can put rice and i thick for 1cup of rice 4 cups of water is too much rite pls do reply on my email.


    Shilpa: You can add rice whenever you want. Yes, 4 cups water is not used, when rice is cooked, the water is drained off. I find this method very helpful because the rice does not stick to each other.

  14. Hi Shilpa ,

    How r u. i have seen ur recipe . i got to no frm many restaurents that for chinese recipies ajnamoto is compulsary. i am planning to make this dish today.can u pls reply me today and may be very fast as possible and clear my doubt.


    Shilpa: Most of the Chinese recipes have ajinomoto in it. This recipe does not need it.

  15. I would like a simple recipe for Kaarhi – (channa dhal soaked and grinded) dumplings in yogurt/buttermilk gravy.
    Thank you

  16. its very testy.
    tiil i am search 100s of recepie sites.
    but your site is so good

    also i am from karnataka

    u tell ingrediants kannada meaning also


  17. yesterday i was just browsing the net for Radish parathas…I know how to make but want to know whether there is any variety or not…I found this site and now its like I got the KHAJINA……
    Wow…great work…..the site is so systematic and neat..
    Thanks a lot..

  18. Shilpa, this is wonderful. I did a small change that is I added salt to rice while coking that needs light sauting and gives keeps the grain long and tender. My husband likes this a lot.
    Thanks Shilpa.

  19. Hi Shilpa,
    I love your blog and your recipes of Indian food. Keep writing more. I love indian food.

    For the chinese fried rice, i would suggest u use jasimine rice and put the cooked rice in refregirator overnight. It will help to make the rice seperate and hard. My 2cents.

  20. Hello ,
    I tried this dish out it turned out simply superb. My hubby was completely in love with it, But i just added a few extra ingredients just to be a lil may try if you want to . I added finely chopped garlic in the oil and also added egg after frying the vegetables which cooks in few minutes an then added the sauces and also a bit of tomato chilly sauce as well..

  21. the site is very good, it has really helped me with cooking. Today i made this rice,brought it in my lunch box, tasty and easy to cook. Thanks Shilpa. One question, what if i want to add egg to his fried rice?

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