Turmeric and Garlic Fried Rice

Nothing is better than a lunch that can be made in 30 minutes and this Turmeric and Garlic Fried Rice is it! All you need is left over rice, a bit of garlic and turmeric and if you’re feeling wild some fresh chilli. The best thing is you can mix it up as much as possible. Replace the turmeric with curry powder or smoked paprika. Not into garlic? Brown onion, spring onion or omit it altogether, and don’t get me started on all the combinations of toppings. My personal favourite is a fried egg, but leftover meat from last night’s dinner, marinated tofu or tofu scramble is pretty good too. The best thing about this simple dish is that you can do almost anything to it and make it completely yours!

What you’ll need (serves 3):

  • 3 cups of leftover rice*
  • 2-3 cloves of minced
  • 2 tsp of turmeric
  • 1 cup frozen peas and corn
  • Oil of choice
  • 2 chillies sliced (optional)

Recipe write up is after the video

To make:

  1. Heat a pan on high heat and add oil once the pain is hot to touch and then heat the oil
  2. Add the garlic to the pan and cook until the garlic is fragrant
  3. Add the turmeric and chillies if using. Make sure there is enough oil in the pan that slurry of spice is made – you don’t want this to be too dry
  4. As soon as the spice mix is fragrant, add the frozen peas and corn to this and stir so the veggies are coated in the spices. You want to cook the veggies until the frost has melted and the peas and corn are vibrant. This is the perfect moment to add the rice to the pan
  5. Mix the rice, veggies and spices around until the rice has been coloured an awesome yellow. I like to let the rice sit for a couple minutes at a time so the bottom gets nice, brown and crispy – almost like a paella, and then stir through
  6. Keep cooking the rice until the rice is heated through
  7. Best served immediately with toppings of choice


*Leftover rice is best as it has dried out a little and gets brown and crispy during frying. You can use fresh rice, the end result will be similar but not the same

Published by bloomandfind

Just a lost 20 something year old, blooming and finding her way through life

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