BM #97 Week 1 Day 3 - 

I have mentioned before that my older one is very fond of cooking and she claims that it is a stress buster for her. Needless to say all her cooking happens at unearthly hours like 1 am :).

On one such midnight session, she came up with this version of Fried Rice. It started off as just plain fried rice with vegetables and the sauces. 

I observed that she was making this all too often and so I questioned her about protein content in the fried rice. She saw some roasted peanuts in the box and she said she would add plenty of peanuts for protein. 

Gradually it evolved into this current version. So the tofu in there is optional depending on the availability. It makes for a very good lunch box dish as well - very easy and quick to put together.

Ingredients - 

Rice Cooked and cooled 3 Cups
Carrot and Peas 1 cup (any other vegetables like sweet peppers, green beans, moong sprouts etc can be used)
Tofu cubed 1 cup (Optional)
Salt as needed
Soy Sauce, Tomato Ketchup, Hot Sauce as needed
Sesame Oil or Coconut Oil 1 Tbsp + more
Garnish with roasted peanuts and chopped spring onions
Roast and Grind - 
Peanuts handful
Sesame Seeds 2 tsp
Coriander Seeds 1/2 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Red Chilies 1-2

Method Of Preparation -

Roast and grind the ingredients mentioned under 'Roast and Grind'. Set aside.

In a heated pan, add oil and saute the tofu until the cubes are evenly browned. Remove and set aside. [This is optional - I sometime don't add tofu and the rice tastes just fine :)].

In the same heated pan, add oil and stir fry the vegetables until they are cooked well but retain the crunch.

Add in the sauteed tofu, soy sauce, hot sauce and tomato ketchup. Mix well until the sauces coat the vegetables and tofu.

Add the cooked rice, sprinkle salt and the peanut powder from step 1. Mix well and adjust the flavors if needed.

Remove from heat and garnish with roasted peanuts and chopped spring onions.

Serve immediately. Sometimes a squeeze some lime/lemon juice


Preparation Time 15 minutes
Serves 2
Posted by Harini R on Tuesday, February 5, 2019


  1. It is nice read about a teenager coming up with new recipes.

  2. wonderful its a very good recipes to make delicious food thanks for information.

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  3. Pavani Says:
  4. That is a delicious looking fried rice. I think both my kids will enjoy this yummy rice dish in their lunch box.

  5. cookwithrenu Says:
  6. Lovely fusion here. Adding peanuts for the protein content is intellectual.

  7. Cooking at 1 am ! Well reminds me of the days when I was her age , but I would normally make fries or a dessert !
    I love this version of fried rice and would love to try it . Kudos , to the girl for coming up with such a wonderful recipe .

  8. rajani Says:
  9. Great that your night owl is finding cooking to be a stress buster. It will be quite useful when they have to fend for themselves. It’s a great recipe that she has developed, looks very delicious

  10. OMG! How does she cook at 1 am. Love the recipes she is churning out. This fried rice with so much of peanuts looks absolutely yum.

  11. Swati Says:
  12. Like this version of fried rice with peanuts. It must be great feeling for a foodie/blogger mom when her kid comes up her own version of a famous recipe.

  13. Suma Gandlur Says:
  14. Kudos to your daughter and you as well to be able to cook at 1 am. :) However the dish looks very inviting and it is nice to read that she came up with this dish on her own.

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