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!

This Indian Fried Rice is no more difficult to prepare or cook than a regular stir fry, but with all the great tastes of India.

You could have it as part of a Fakeaway feast with these other great Indian inspired side dishes:

What diets is this Indian Fried Rice suitable for?

This recipe is suitable if you’re 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.

That means you’ll have enough Points to use on a tasty Fakeaway curry to accompany it if you fancy!

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

There are a few spices in this Indian Fried Rice, but you could replace the ground coriander, garam masala or curry powder, ground ginger and chilli powder with a teaspoon of Korma spice mix and a teaspoon of Tikka spice mix.

As always with these sorts of dishes, the spices (and amounts of) can be tailored to your own personal tastes and preferences. Have a go at your own flavour combinations!

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!

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 all the veg, ensuring thick chunks of onion and pepper. Finely dice the carrot and tomatoes.

Step 2

Liberally spray low calorie cooking spray in a frying pan and put on a high heat. Add spices once Frylight is bubbling hot.

Step 3

Stir spices for 10 – 20 seconds.

Step 4

Add all the veg. Keep and eye and mix regularly to stop it sticking and burning. Do this for around 10 minutes, or until the veg has softened, but still with some bite.

Step 5

Add the cooked rice and stir again for 2/3 mins until the veg and spices have incorporated into the rice.

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Step 6

At the last minute add the chopped coriander and stir once more. Serve (with a squirt of fresh lime if you like).

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Indian Fried Rice_014_Pinch of Nom Slimming RecipesWhat should you should serve with this Indian Fried Rice?

Any of the following go really well with Indian Fried Rice. It can also be eaten as a meal in itself!

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Whatever accompaniment you choose, don’t forget to account for the extra calories and/or other nutritional values.

Can you cook 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 approx 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 Indian Fried Rice in the fridge?

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.

Without getting too technical uncooked 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 will be destroyed by reheating the rice thoroughly.

If you intend cooking the rice for this Indian Fried Rice in advance then you should do the following :

  • Cool the rice as quickly as possible (ideally within one hour) then fridge it immediately. You can split larger portions up into smaller batches to cool quicker.
  • Reheat and use the cooked rice that has been 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.

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

Can I freeze 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! Follow the advice above regarding freezing and storing rice.

How do I reheat Indian Fried Rice?

For advice regarding reheating this rice, please see above.

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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 Chilli Powder
  • 2 -3 handfuls Fresh Coriander
  • Low Calorie Cooking Spray

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Instructions

  1. Chop all the veg, ensuring thick chunks of onion and pepper. Finely dice the carrot and tomatoes
  2. Liberally spray Low calorie cooking spray in a frying pan and put on a high heat. Add spices once frylight is bubbling hot
  3. Stir spices for 10 - 20 seconds
  4. Add all the veg. Keep and eye and mix regularly to stop it sticking and burning. Do this for around 10 minutes, or until the veg has softened, but still with some bite
  5. Add the cooked rice and stir again for 2/3 mins until the veg and spices have incorporated into the rice.
  6. At the last minute add the chopped coriander and stir once more. Serve (with a squirt of fresh lime if you like)

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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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