Indian Yellow Fried Rice

There are only two kinds of rice I enjoy eating, Thai Fried Rice and Indian Yellow fried rice, just scrumptious. If I can eat rice as my main meal and be satisfied that is how I know it is good, unlike plain white rice, Mexican or Chinese rice where it needs to accompany some other dish in order to enjoy it. I’m just not a fan of a plate full of food, your main dish needs to be so good that you don’t need a side dish, and rice usually is never a main meal, that is until I found a very tasty Yellow Fried Rice from Manjula’s Kitchen, I’m so excited to have found this blog, there are so many recipes I’m excited about trying in the future.


  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1/2 cup green peas
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • Pinch of asafetida (hing)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seed (jeera)
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seed (rai)
  • 4 whole red chilies (sabut lal mirch)
  • 2 bay leaves (tajpat)
  • About 1inch piece of cinnamon stick (dal chini)
  • 1 teaspoon salt adjust to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Wash rice gently and soak it for at least 15 minutes prior to cooking.
  2. After cooking rice expands to about three times in volume, so be sure to use the proper size pan.
  3. Drain the rice and put into the saucepan. Add the water, green peas, 1 teaspoon of oil, and salt, bring to a boil and turn the heat to low, and cover the pan.
  4. Cook about 15 minutes, or until the rice is tender and the water has evaporated. Turn off the heat and fluff the rice with a fork.
  5. Heat the oil in a frying pan on medium high. Test the heat by adding one cumin seed to the oil; if seed cracks right away oil is ready. Add asafetida, cumin seeds, and mustard seeds.
  6. After the seeds crack, add red chilies, bay leaves, and cinnamon stick and stir-fry for few seconds.
  7. Add rice, turmeric, and cayenne pepper to the spices in frying pan. Mix it gently.
  8. Stir-fry for about 5 to 6 minutes.
  9. Serve hot with soup, dal or yogurt.

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