Left over rice? No problem. Turn it into this tasty one pot fried rice dish, Indian style.
For some reason I have a really hard time estimating how much rice I need to make for a meal. If it’s not enough, that’s a problem. On the other hand, extra rice is a time saver for another day. There are so many ways to turn it into a meal. One of my favorites is fried rice, Gujarati-Indian style or as we call it, vaghaarlo bhaat. This tasty one pot dish works perfectly for lunch or dinner the next day.
To be honest, I think fried rice actually turns out better with leftover rice compared to fresh cooked rice. The rice has had some time to dry out and this makes it easier to stir-fry. The resulting stir-fried grains have a looser, chewier texture.
Fried rice is a staple item you see on Chinese and Thai menus but it’s typically not on Indian menus. For Gujaratis like myself, it’s a common way to eat leftover rice either as a light lunch or tasty snack. It’s super quick to make when there’s no time to cook. (I probably had it at least once a week for the few busy months after I had my baby!) Indian style fried rice also has a completely different flavor from other Asian fried rice recipes because it has no soy sauce.
I know what you’re thinking. What’s with the tofu right? Tofu is not an ingredient you ever see in Indian food. My tofu addition is where I deviate from Mom’s standard recipe. I’ve added it to this dish for the protein. It takes a little more time to prep but it makes for a more complete meal. It’s optional and if you’re just making this as a side dish, I’d skip it.
Oh and here’s an added bonus incentive to try this recipe. It also uses little oil and has the health benefits of turmeric. So the next time you cook rice, go ahead and make a little extra. Fry it into this tasty dish the next day. You’ll love it.