Basil has made its way into our kitchen about 2 years back and when my husband got this herb and asked me to prepare Basil Fried Rice, I had to frantically search the internet for its recipe. I found the non-veg versions of this recipe and didn't really like to vegetarianize it since none of them appealed to me! Finally, after a lot of browsing, I found a simple and interesting recipe for Basil Fried Rice. I also liked the fact that the recipe calls for the use of vegetables which usually don't appear at my home! If you do have some left over rice, then its a bonus, since this recipe recommends using cold rice.

Ingredients -
2 Cups Sona masoori Rice, cooked and preferably cooled (the original recipe used Long Grain Rice)
2 Medium Carrots (Cut into long thick slices)
1 Medium Onion (Sliced vertically)
Beans (Cut into 2 inch pieces)
1 Cup Broccoli
1/2 Cup Zuchini
1/4 Cup Green Peppers (You could also add Red Bell Peppers and Banana Peppers)
1 Spring Onion (Finely Chopped)
3-4 Garlic Pods
3-4 Red Chillies (ripened Green chillies) or Green Chillies
1 Small bunch Basil
3 tsps Oil

Method Of Preparation-
Chop the garlic and green chillies coarsely either in a mortar or in a grinder. Heat Oil in a wide saucepan and when it is slightly hot, add the chilli-garlic mixture and saute it for a few seconds.

Add the carrots, beans, onions along with the white root portion of the Spring Onion and fry them for about 5 minutes. Add salt and the Soya Sauce.

Now, add the peppers and fry them for about 2-3 minutes. Ensure that all these veggies are not overly cooked. They should be kind of crunchy.

Add Broccoli and Zuchinni in the end and fry all the veggies for about 4-5 minutes and then add the cooked rice and mix it well. Finally add the Basil leaves to this and switch off the stove. Cover the pan and leave it for a few minutes so the basil leaves wilt due to the steam.

Serves 4 Adults
Preparation Time 15 mins
Cooking Time 20 mins

Posted by Jaya on Monday, May 10, 2010


  1. basil fried rice looks delicious ..i love the flavor of basil in any dish..i know it will be aromatic and flavored fried with raitha..
    nice click too

  2. Priya Suresh Says:
  3. Basil fried rice sounds truly interesting, i love basil flavor, thanks for sharing..

  4. Ms.Chitchat Says:
  5. Never tried basil with rice. Ur version is interesting,would love to try.

  6. Panchpakwan Says:
  7. Sounds very auromatic ckeckout the mother's day event round up.

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