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Apr 01

Indian Fried Rice

Can you believe up until a few years ago that I hadn’t even tried Indian food?  Say what?  My friend Peter loves Indian food and finally inspired me to give it a whirl and it has been an ongoing love affair ever since.  I’ve been using the cookbook 5 Spices, 50 Dishes: Simple Indian Recipes to learn about Indian cuisine, spices and preparation methods.

I whipped this Indian Fried Rice up on a Friday night when I was really craving Indian takeout and it hit the spot!  Who knows what all goes into the commercial version of foods like this so I love it when I can recreate the experience from my kitchen and know that it is made with nutritional ingredients and lots of love!


Indian Fried Rice


  • 1 cup dry white or brown rice

  • 1 3/4 cup filtered water

  • 1/2 tsp. dried ginger

  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped

  • 3 – 4 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, divided

  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric

  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper

  • 1/2 tsp. unrefined salt

  • 1/2 tsp. cumin seeds, crushed with mortar and pestle

  • 1 tsp. coriander seeds, crushed with mortar and pestle

  • 1 garlic clove, minced

  • 2 handfuls fresh spinach

  • gluten-free tamari or coconut aminos or soy sauce, to taste


1.  Cook rice

  • Prepare rice on stove-top in a pot.  Different rice varieties can vary in cooking time so follow instructions on the package.

2:  Saute onions

  • In a medium size skillet on low/medium heat add 2 Tbsp. of olive oil and chopped onion.  Stir fry until onions are translucent and just a bit caramelized (brown spots).

3.  Prepare spices in a bowl

  • Add dry spices into a small bowl and mix thoroughly.  Chop the garlic and set aside.

4.  Finely chop spinach

5.  Pour cooked rice into the skillet with the sauteed onions

  • Stir fry to coat rice with olive oil/onion mixture.  Then add spices, garlic and remaining 1 -2 Tbsp. of olive oil and toss until rice is coated thoroughly.  Add chopped spinach and stir fry until wilted.

6.  Serve with gluten-free tamari (or coconut aminos or soy sauce)

  • Only upon serving, sprinkle lightly with your preferred soy sauce.



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  1. Maria Fontaine

    I simply love, love ‘Rice’ I grow up on rice, I have rice with breakfast, bacon, eggs & rice! Oh yummy!!

  2. Dov Shapira

    I love Indian food. I found green curry leave and you can’t believe the falavore
    It’s so good

  3. Deborah

    Looks pretty easy. I’ll have to give it a try. I’ve been making a lot of brown and black rice lately. Usually, I don’t season it. I think I could add some of these spices to “spice” it up.

  4. Deanna Heiliger

    Thank you for the recipe…I love fry bread and rice!

  5. Rob

    We have a Indian restaurant we frequent for lunch.. very good food!!

  6. Queenscgetsfit

    And now i am seriously hungry. This looks delish!

  7. Yvonne Brown

    OMG!!! We have the same palate!!! I LOVE Indian food!

    Yvonne Brown

  8. Steph

    Just in time for lunch!!

  9. Cassie

    Okay… I am hungry now!!! lol! This looks scrumptious I am definitely going to try this recipe!

  10. Tina

    This sounds yummy. Too bad I am a Weight Watchers girl.

  11. Heather

    This sounds so yummy. Can’t wait to give it a try!

  12. Loretta

    Love having your blog as reference! Great recipe!

  13. Robin

    Yummo! I’ve never eaten Indian food either myself. I always think it’s too hot for me. This rice looks like it could be doable though… is it super hot?

    1. Jen

      Hi Robin, you can adjust the heat to your liking! So good…give it a try and you’ll be hooked!

  14. Magdalena

    I am just discovering Indian food, for Easter lunch I had Biryani and some bread stuffed cauliflower – but it was too spicy for me. :)) I will check out your receipt on a milder side :))

    1. Jen

      Oh, I haven’t heard of Biryani…I’ll have to look that up! Hope you enjoy!

  15. Sasha Lynn

    This looks delicious! <3

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