Indo Chinese Recipes | Easy Indian Chinese Recipes
No, its not Chinese but close :) Its Indo-Chinese and every Indian out there is utterly, shamelessly biased about this. Trust me :). We will argue to the point of going red in the face that this is what Chinese food is all about - err, well at least I did something similar in the beginning of my culinary journey beyond Indian boundaries.
Indo Chinese Recipes | Easy Indian Chinese Recipes
And this rice is where it all begins. The protein additions, that I specify in the recipe below, are practically unknown back in India (except the meal maker and that's not added in this rice). But given that I do, to add some nutrition to this rice, I thought I will mention it for the health loving foodies who also enjoy eating all kinds of food. They are optional of course.  Typically, this recipe does not really deserve such a long post, but its the simplest things that at times take so much more detail :)
Having leftover rice is essential for this (Indians always have it - we love our rice) and the texture is important for that perfect fried rice. Separate grains, not too separate but not mushy either and  dry without any moisture (that's why leftovers work best). Refer step 1 in case you don't have any on hand. Too much of the vegetables makes this dish mushy, so you need the right balance. Apart from that, the seasonings are minimal. I know it sounds too much but trust me, this whole thing would take you just 10 minutes to put together if you have everything on hand. Perfect for all those times when you are short on time, enthusiasm or motivation. Or when you just want to use up leftovers. Or even when you want to make something special. It fits all the needs. And that's what simplicity is all about :) :)
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  • Serves: 3 people
  • Yields: Makes around 4-6 servings depending on the additions made
    For the Basic Fried Rice
  • 3 cups cooked rice, see Tips
  • 1/4 cup minced Scallion (Green Onion), sliced thinly - green and white separated
  • 1/4 cup Red Bell Pepper, see Tips
  • 1/2 cup Green peas
  • 1/4 cup Green Beans
  • 1/4 cup Carrots
  • 1/4 cup Cabbage
  • 1/4 cup Celery
  • 2 tbsp Soy Sauce (or Tamari), or to taste
  • 1 tbsp Sesame Oil, see Tips
  • 1 tbsp Garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp Ginger, peeled and minced, see Tips
    Optional Additions
  • 1 tsp Chilli sauce, or to taste
  • 1/8 tsp Vinegar
    Optional Protein Additions
  • 1/2 cup Baked Tofu (or)
  • 1/2 cup Fried Extra Firm Tofu (or)
  • 2 Eggs, scrambled or hard boiled (or)
  • 1/2 cup Soya Chunks (meal maker/TVP) (or)
  • 1/2 cup fried cubed Tempeh (or)
  • 1/2 cup crumbled Seitan (or)
  • 1/2 cup Edamame
1. Rice: You can use 3-4 cups of rice for this recipe. If you do not have leftover rice, then you would have to a little bit of prep of cooking and cooling the rice. Preferably you want the rice to be a little separated, not as much as say a pulao recipe (see Paneer and Muttar Pulao Recipe) and not a mushy rice either. See step 1 for details on how to cook the rice for this.
2. Bell pepper (Capsicum): You can use any color you like. I use the Red variety for their health benefits, superior to that of the green variety.
3. Sesame oil: I usually use a chilli + sesame oil mix for the spiciness. But you can use regular sesame oil and add chilli sauce additionally. You can also use the toasted sesame oil towards the end if you like. If sesame oil is not your thing, just add regular vegetable oil.
4. Ginger: Depending upon the quality and taste preference, you might need add more or less ginger (ditto for garlic)
1. If the rice is freshly cooked, set aside to cool naturally (or refrigerate it for at least 3 hours uncovered or until completely dry and grains are easily separated). I use 1 cup raw rice that I cooked in 1-1/2 cups water with 1 tsp vegetable oil. I, at times, also add salt which is optional. Saute the rice in oil until translucent, stirring constantly for 2-3 minutes. Add water and salt if using. Bring it to boil, stir and then reduce the heat to low-medium. Cover and cook until liquid is absorbed - around 10-12 minutes. Cool as mentioned in the first line.
2. Heat a wok (or any skillet) in high heat. Make sure to keep all the ingredients already. Add the sesame oil, followed by scallion whites, ginger and garlic.
3. Stir for 5-6 seconds and the minute the aroma starts wafting, add rest of the vegetables.  Make sure nothing burns given that you are cooking in high heat. You want the vegetables to be cooked but still crunchy which is why it is important to chop the vegetables into small pieces (and also keep them uniform in size). Keep stirring. This whole things should take around 30-40 seconds. 
Note: If using edamame, thaw it at room temperature or soak in warm water to defrost and add it here. Same for Soy chunks (prep as per package directions and add it here). Seitan can also be added at this point. Rest of the additions, if using, can be added along with rice /or towards the end since they are already cooked.
4. Next add the rice. Stir until combined.
5. Next add the soy sauce (and/or toasted sesame oil + chilli sauce if using). Stir for the flavors to combine. Make sure you don't stir it too much 'cos that might make the rice mushy.
6. Combine well. If it looks dry, you can sprinkle some water. For it to look closer to restaurant style, you would need to add more oil.
Serve garnished with scallion greens. It tastes best when hot. Enjoy them with Gobi Manchurian, Baby Corn Manchurian, Vegetable Manchurian or any other side dish of your choice. Indo Chinese Recipes | Easy Indian Chinese Recipes

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By Cynthia on Jan 10, 2014

I have been looking for the recipe or dish for the Indo chinese type Fried rice that you get in india. It is very different and tastier than the Chinese fried rice....But I never found one untill I stumbled upon this one....

I made this and it was AMAZING!!! Exactly like the Indo Chinese Fried Rice you get in India!!!! I will try it next time with chicken though ;) Even my kids (picky eaters) enjoyed it and were praising my culinary skills ;)

Thanks for posting this!


By Asha on Jul 5, 2013

Great recipe... :)


By Christa Clark on Jan 24, 2016

This is absolutely delicious! We had this for dinner tonight and enjoyed it, eating every single last bite, even pan scrapings haha. I may have to make another batch so I can have leftover rice available "India style"! Thanks again, yum, yum, yum!

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By Evelyne on Apr 27, 2015

Thanks a lot for this recipe. I replaced green beans and celery (missing) by mushrooms (champignons de Paris, easy to find here in France), and couldn't help adding some fresh coriander leaves for serving. Really tasty. I'll sure make it again !

By shweta on Mar 28, 2015

This recipe is so easy n I m loving it

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By chandrani Patra on Mar 8, 2015

:roll: :-P :-D :wink:

By varshine on Dec 14, 2014

I made it awsome reciepe :wink: :wink: :wink:

By priyanka on Nov 23, 2014

since I have tried this recipe each time I follow this only...awesome recipe

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By Pooja on Oct 31, 2014

Dear DK Amazing recipe !! Thanks I want to try this with the protein options you have mentioned like tempeh , saitan , edamame but dont know where to get them Can you guide. I am based out of Khar in Mumbai Would be nice to get ur revert at my email thanks

Since I don't live in Mumbai, I personally dont have any idea. But do post this question to my facebook CIY page. Other members might be able to help :) --DK

By yukta bajaj on Oct 20, 2014

It tasted v nice but Chinese means ajinomoto?I was feeling that without ajinomoto it might not taste well but it was awesome.

By shuchi on Oct 14, 2014

Lovely receipe....i m gonna try it.thanks

By abhi on Oct 6, 2014

i tried the recipe :-P and it is so tasty 8) :wink: :-| :oops: :-o :-D :wink:

By Sarah on Sep 29, 2014

I love fried rice and never make it at home because my kids don't like, but your tips may be the missing element, thanks!!! :wink:

By priya on Sep 9, 2014

Looks appetite :-D

By ramya on Sep 8, 2014

luved the recipe im gonna try it soon!! :-o :lol: :-D :wink:

By kay on Sep 5, 2014

just tried this for my family...the children loved it and I am guessing from the empty bowl that my husband believed it was awesome!! Being Vegan...creativity is always paramount! :-P :lol:

By Trishu on Aug 20, 2014

I made the dish for my mom as she was tired ........ She loved it and so did I ! Thanks for this super easy recipe ........ Thanks a lot ........ :lol: :roll: :-P

By Trishu on Aug 20, 2014

I made the fried rice for my mom cuz she was tired ........ She loved it ! And so did I ! Thanks for this super easy recipe ! Thank you so much ......... :wink: :roll: :lol: :-D

By aruna s on Aug 18, 2014

awesome :roll:

By shailaja on Aug 5, 2014

I tried n made fried rice really it was wow :-D :-D

By Nonu bali on Jul 16, 2014

:oops: :oops: :roll: 8-O :) :twisted: nice yummmy rice :-P :roll: :roll: 8) :-D :mrgreen: :roll: :!: :wink: very very tasty!!

By muhammad on Jul 6, 2014

:roll: please we need the vegetable chinees rice in urdu pl

By Poonam garg on Jun 19, 2014

:roll: :roll: this receipe so easy & quick made :oops:

By Pratibha Verma on Jun 4, 2014

Muh me paani aagya it look vry tasty.... :-P I luvvvvvvvv fried rice seriously.....

By shaheen alam on Apr 29, 2014

:-P :-P :-o :-P

By queen on Apr 7, 2014

I love this recipe i'll try it later

By prashanthi on Apr 1, 2014

It was so easy tomake and I added eggs...both scrambled and boiled...awesome........

By Suman on Mar 28, 2014


By srimathi on Mar 25, 2014

its very easiest recipe i have ever heard and also tasty one i tried once :lol: :-D :-P :)

By shweta on Mar 24, 2014

i will try this recipe soon i liked this recipe very much :)

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By win on Mar 5, 2014

i will soon try :mrgreen: .. nice recipe

By roopa on Feb 26, 2014

:wink: it is damn easy to prepare :-P :wink: :-o :lol: :idea:

By roopa on Feb 26, 2014

:roll: :-P :lol: :wink: :roll: :-P :-o

By vyshnavi on Feb 13, 2014

:roll: it :roll:its very quickly made receipe and easy understanble i really like it

By Sunithagupta on Feb 12, 2014

I will try weekend can u pls post noodles like hotel one starting from hw to boil noodles

By LJ on Feb 10, 2014

I made this tonight and it was awesome! I've been a vegetarian for 25 years and recently started on the path to be a vegan. No easy task since I lived mostly on cheese pizza and bean burritos. I don't know much about cooking, and have been trying to expand my horizons. I made this in a skillet since I don't own a wok, and I left out the ginger. Also omitted the green beans & cabbage, but added corn & mushrooms. Definitely making it again! Thanks for the simple instructions!!

By christy on Feb 9, 2014

Someone has comm aented this as waste of time!wonder how anyone could say that of this recipe! I guess that person never tried this recipe! Anyone who reads just the recipe would be able to say what a wonderful recipe this is coming from a gifted cook! DK is the best!!My kitchen saviour! And has come to become a part of my kitchen and the wonderful meals cooked in there! Her recipes are beautifully simple and simply beautiful..just the way she is!!( although the most i can see is just her fingers) DK you are the bestestest!

Sending you virtual hugs for saying this. Words just werent enough - so am hoping a tight hug would do :) --DK

By christy on Feb 9, 2014

The best!!! :)

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By Sony's kitchen on Feb 4, 2014

This is looks delicious !!

By sujatha on Feb 4, 2014

:roll: send the reciepies of briyani's of non veg and snacks items

This is a vegetarian website in case you did not notice. :) --DK

By deepu panicker on Feb 2, 2014

I have my own version with green chillies(I like mine spicy)adhering to yor basic recipe,it worked so well.Thank you for this wonderful recipe. I have just recently started blogging.Thank you!!!

By Ram on Feb 2, 2014

Thanks DK- looks simple and yummy. Will muster courage and have a go at it with this recipe.

By Manasa on Jan 31, 2014

It is a nice and qick recipe. can you post mushroom rice recipe?

By Meenakshi Patil on Jan 30, 2014

Very nice receipe. I will definitely try. Thanks. Just a quick question, if we need to make shehzwan fried drice, then which spices we need to add?

For that you need to add "schezwan sauce" to the fried rice. You can use store bought or homemade. Will post my version when I make some :) --DK

By nisha on Jan 16, 2014

Hi,I tried this and it came out very good.thx for the simple and quick recipe.

By kanijothi on Jan 8, 2014

good recepie

By kanijothi on Jan 8, 2014

nice recepie

By Sam on Jan 7, 2014

Worked out just fine to surprise my wife for dinner. Made it in a short time after getting home from office! Thank you!

By mridula on Jan 4, 2014

Very very bad recipe................. I don t have words to tell you about that Wastage of time and money........ :evil:

You used so many words already - how about using few more to actually give a constructive criticism - that way we can all decipher if you messed it up or if the recipe needs more details!! :) --DK

By kadambini on Dec 29, 2013

I'll try this item today

By rishi shetty on Dec 26, 2013

:wink: surely i wl try tday :mrgreen:

By kajal on Dec 22, 2013

:) I love this recipe and I will try it today

By kavita on Dec 19, 2013

looks good iwill try today.

By vishalaxi on Dec 10, 2013


By Paras Kaushal on Dec 4, 2013

I will try today.

By Neelu Raina on Dec 1, 2013

Simple but interesting...that's welcome

By Humaiyra on Nov 9, 2013

Happy i will try it today :wink: :-D

By sangeeta vedi on Nov 9, 2013

it's really good to have such recipes on web... so that we can easily prepare it home...... :wink:

By DK on Nov 4, 2013

Came across this while looking for a simple recipe for left over rice :wink: Very nicely done, I will give it a try. Just wanted to mention something, the second picture with the chopsticks in the rice, in Asian cultures usually signifies feeding the dead 8-O

By Prince on Oct 25, 2013

Looks good. I am going to try it today.

By Arun on Oct 16, 2013

I like it this. Very help full . I am cook in hotel in 4star

By sridevi on Oct 11, 2013

very :-P

By Rashmeet kaur on Oct 5, 2013

really its commendable..i made n ws really awsm...everybody praised...its lovely :)

By Shobhana Menon on Sep 25, 2013

Can we use sunflower oil instead of sesame?

By Alfred on Sep 20, 2013

:mrgreen: really verrryyyyyyy nice and delicious recipe

By sanjay pattanayak on Aug 31, 2013

:wink: very easy and cooking . I and my girl friend will enjoy alone.

By Swati on Aug 30, 2013

Thanks for the tips to make rice suitable for fried rice. Till not I was using freshly cooked rice and it always spoiled the fried i am gonna try this with leftover rice :)

By shaji on Aug 26, 2013


By on Aug 19, 2013

very testi

By nandy on Jul 25, 2013

Good....i willl try it looks yummy...

By Sowmya on Jul 15, 2013

Hello, Nice recipe and very well explained.

By GRE in Chinchwad on Jul 13, 2013

Rice Is Looking Beautiful. After Seen This I am Feeling Hungry :)

By Dewianasari on Jul 12, 2013

Accidently i read your receipe, then i've tried it, it taste good! Actually in my country, Indonesia, we also have fried rice receipe, but the taste little bit different. Some of my friend enjoy it so much too.

By San on Jul 6, 2013

Hi, I am going to try it for the first time. So,let me try and tell you how it comes out.thnx.

By Rajesh on Jun 29, 2013

Hi Thanks for the recepie..But before I try I would like to know 1 cup means..I believe 1 cup = 236 ml..but coffe cup is less than that...So pls clear me

By Casey on Jun 27, 2013

Looks yummy! Question: If adding scrambled eggs, would you scramble them separately and then add, or would you (add them raw and) scramble them right in the same wok/pan your cooking the rice/veg in? Thanks!

By Sultana on Jun 18, 2013

I love this food. Thanks for this recipe.

By aima on Jun 4, 2013

:) nic recipe but toooooo long :roll:

If you read through the post, you will find its just details and not the recipe or steps. This whole thing would take you about 15-20 min to make --DK

By Anu on May 27, 2013

:-D Great recipes DK!:)

By muthuselvi on May 13, 2013

nice a dish

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By Darshita on Apr 23, 2013

yummy dish ..... It's taste awesome mouth watering also.

By S prasannalakshmi on Apr 22, 2013

Nice dish

By jsk on Apr 19, 2013

A good recipe.

By Preethi on Apr 3, 2013

Nice recipe. However, soy sauce isn't gluten free. They use wheat flour to thicken it. I actually stopped by this recipe only cos of the gluten free tag and wanted to see your substitute for soy sauce :) Just letting you know so that noone suffers later on!!

That's why I have mentioned "or Tamari " along with Soy Sauce given that wheat free versions of Tamari is available in the market which is gluten free. --DK

By uthira on Mar 25, 2013

its really making me do and see... :)

By Nency on Mar 5, 2013

its great. i loved it

By Kaz Augustin on Mar 2, 2013

Great recipe, but don't photograph a bowl of rice with chopsticks sticking into it like that. It is highly disrespectful. Just fyi.

Yes, I was made aware of this in my FB page as well when I posted this recipe. Good to know. Thank you --DK

By kiran singh on Feb 22, 2013

thanks for this recipe..i love it..this one is my favourite.. :-P

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By Manju on Feb 16, 2013

Nice write up. when its lots of left over i do this fried not so same but some what similar. Yummy meal which always comes handy when we have leftover rice. Thanks for sharing dear.

By vijaya on Feb 15, 2013

Actually i am waiting this recipe, thankyou so much

By Priya on Feb 15, 2013

Who can resist to this beautiful bowl,inviting rice.

By PDK on Feb 15, 2013

The picture looks amazingly tempting! And fried rice is my all time favorite.. so I am surely gonna make this tonight! :)

By Siri on Feb 15, 2013

Next time I come to your house, make me this while we chat away to glory. :lol: How about that? Yum yet simple stuff. perfect for a busy weeknight. :-P Siri