Indian Fried Rice

  • 5MINS
  • 15MINS
  • 248KCAL

This Indian Fried Rice recipe is slimming friendly and sooo tasty – a great Fakeaway accompaniment if you're counting calories or following a plan like Weight Watchers!

NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories248
  • Carbs52g
  • Protein6g
  • Fat3g
  • Saturates1g
  • Sugars8g

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For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know in the blurb!

The perfect accompaniment to any Fakeaway, this Indian Fried Rice is super easy to prepare and cook and has all of the great tastes of India.

This recipe is suitable for vegan and vegetarian diets – result! – but if you’d prefer, you could add some chicken or even turkey to turn it into a complete, filling meal. As always, the spices in this dish can be tailored to suit your own personal tastes and preferences, so feel free to get creative and have a go at making your own flavour combinations!

We love our Indian Fried Rice served with some chopped coriander sprinkled over the top and a squirt of fresh lime juice, but this is completely optional!

What diets is this Indian Fried Rice suitable for?

This recipe is suitable for vegan, vegetarian, gluten free and dairy free diets.

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Indian Fried Rice?

  • You need to count 5 Points per portion of this Indian Fried Rice recipe if you’re on WW Green. 
  • You need to count 5 Points per portion of this Indian Fried Rice recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 5 Points per portion of this Indian Fried Rice recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Indian Fried Rice?

You should be able to find everything you need to make this dish in your local supermarket. If you’d prefer, you could replace the ground coriander, garam masala, ground ginger and chilli powder with a teaspoon of a korma spice mix and a teaspoon of a tikka spice mix.

You could also add chicken or turkey to the dish and turn it into a complete meal in itself. Have an experiment and make it your own!

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How many calories are in this Indian Fried Rice?

There are 248 calories in each portion of our slimming friendly Indian Fried Rice. This means it falls into our Everyday Light recipe category.

This recipe is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Chop the onions and peppers into thick chunks and finely dice the carrot and tomatoes.

Step 2

Spray a good amount of low calorie cooking spray into a frying pan and place over a high heat. Once the pan is hot and the cooking spray has turned clear, add your spices.

Step 3

Stir the spices for 10 – 20 seconds.

Step 4

Add all of your veg to the pan. Keep an eye on it and mix regularly to stop it from sticking and burning. Cook until the vegetables have softened, but still have some bite – this should take around 10 minutes.

Step 5

Add the cooked rice and stir again for 2 – 3 minutes until the vegetables and spices are completely incorporated into the rice.

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Step 6

At the last minute, add the chopped coriander and stir once more. Serve with some fresh lime juice over the top.

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Can you cook this Indian Fried Rice another way?

This dish is super quick and easy to make. It isn’t really suitable to make using an alternative method.

If you wanted to, you could cook the rice fresh rather than using already cooked rice – you’d just need to add 10-15 minutes onto the overall cooking time to allow for the rice to cook first.

How do you know when this Indian Fried Rice is cooked?

You should cook this Indian Fried Rice until the vegetables are softened and the rice has completely heated through. This should take around 30 minutes on the hob.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep this Indian Fried Rice in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within an hour.

If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill.  You can keep leftovers of this Indian Fried Rice in the fridge for a day.

As we all know you can get food poisoning from eating reheated rice, but, it’s not actually the reheating that can cause issues, it is, in fact, the way that the rice has been stored beforehand where the problem begins.

Rice can contain spores that are resistant to heat and can survive the cooking process.

If cooked rice is left standing at room temperature these spores can grow into bacteria. At this point, the bacteria can be destroyed by reheating the rice thoroughly.

You should remember to do the following if you’re going to keep leftover rice:

  • Cool the rice as quickly as possible (ideally within one hour) then put it in the fridge immediately. You can split larger portions up into smaller batches to cool quicker.
  • Reheat and use any leftover rice (stored in the fridge) within one day.
  • When you reheat any rice, always check it is steaming hot all the way through.
  • Don’t reheat cooked rice more than once.

Can I freeze this Indian Fried Rice?

Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!

As when keeping rice in the fridge, make sure to do the following if you plan to freeze it:

  • Cool the rice as quickly as possible (ideally within one hour) then freeze it immediately. You can split larger portions up into smaller batches to cool quicker.
  • Freeze as soon as the rice is cold.
  • When you reheat any rice, always check it is steaming hot all the way through.
  • Don’t reheat cooked rice more than once.

How do I reheat this Indian Fried Rice?

From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.

From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes until piping hot.

For more information about reheating rice please take a look at the NHS website.

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Indian Fried Rice

This Indian Fried Rice recipe is slimming friendly and sooo tasty – a great Fakeaway accompaniment if you’re counting calories or following a plan like Weight Watchers!
  • Prep Time
    5 MINS
  • Cook Time
    15 MINS
  • KCals 248
  • Carbs 52G
WW Points
  • 5 Green
  • 5 Blue
  • 5 Purple

Ingredients

  • 250 g cooked rice basmati or long grain
  • 2 red onions chopped
  • 4 baby red peppers deseeded and chopped
  • 1 carrot finely diced
  • 10 baby plum tomatoes finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala or curry powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 pinch of chilli powder
  • 2 -3 handfuls of fresh coriander
  • low calorie cooking spray

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Instructions

  1. Chop the onions and peppers into thick chunks and finely dice the carrot and tomatoes.
  2. Spray a good amount of low calorie cooking spray into a frying pan and place over a high heat. Once the pan is hot and the cooking spray has turned clear, add your spices.
  3. Stir the spices for 10 - 20 seconds.
  4. Add all of your veg to the pan. Keep an eye on it and mix regularly to stop it from sticking and burning. Cook until the vegetables have softened, but still have some bite - this should take around 10 minutes.
  5. Add the cooked rice and stir again for 2 - 3 minutes until the vegetables and spices are completely incorporated into the rice.
  6. At the last minute, add the chopped coriander and stir once more. Serve with some fresh lime juice over the top.

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DaisySunday 16th August 2020

how much rice would it be for 4 people as dry weight? thanks

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    SharonMonday 17th August 2020

    Hi Daisy, on the top left of the recipe card it shows how many people the recipe serves. If you click on the arrows next to ‘servings’ you can increase or decrease the servings and this will automatically calculate the amounts of ingredients needed. In this case, if you increase the servings to serve 4, you will see that you need 500g cooked rice.
    500g of cooked rice will be 200g raw rice. A conversion you can use is 50g raw rice = 125g cooked rice.
    We hope this helps and thanks for getting in touch.

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CherylTuesday 29th January 2019

This was really nice and really filling! Thank you

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GillSunday 13th May 2018

Can you serve this cold as Indian rice salad? Thanks

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JuneTuesday 27th March 2018

Hi can I use frozen vegetables got loads of allotments thanks

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GeorgiaFriday 23rd February 2018

I made this for lunch last weekend and loved it! It was so easy and would be great to prep ahead for lunches too. It definitely gets a thumbs up from me!

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carolineMonday 19th February 2018

Hi, I LOVE your Cajun Dirty rice and I am looking forward to trying this recipe too. However, we don’t like bell peppers, what veg would you recommend to replace them please?

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Emma BrooksSaturday 17th February 2018

DELICIOUS, as always with PON recipes

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Tracy CairnsSaturday 17th February 2018

☆☆☆☆☆
Beautiful dish. Either as a side or main. Great hot or cold. Fab with the PON kebab nom

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Jackie KeoghSaturday 17th February 2018

Another tasty yet quick & easy meal. Just added chicken. Easy to adapt flavour to personal taste too, thumbs up again to Pinch of Nom

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Teresa RennieSaturday 17th February 2018

Wow. Simply amazing❤

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Mel WilliamsTuesday 7th February 2017

How many grams of uncooked rice does 250g cooked rice equate to please?

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    KaySaturday 11th February 2017

    Hi Mel – approx 100g of dry rice = 250-300g of cooked

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FionaTuesday 27th September 2016

This is amazing so tasty and filling. I added extra spices to mine as I like it spicy.

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