Fried Rice with Aromatic Spices

Tasty and mildly spiced this fried rice is the perfect side dish for your favorite Asian food especially curries and stews. Great way to use left-over rice, too and it’s gluten-free!

Tasty and mildly spiced this fried rice is the perfect side dish for your favorite Asian food especially curries and stews. Great way to use left-over rice, too and it's gluten-free! | manilaspoon.com

Since hubby came back from India last December bringing with him a good amount of spices, I have been trying to think of creative ways to use them. Since rice is a staple in our family, I thought it would be great to use these spices to add extra flavor to the usual fried rice. 

The result is an aromatic fried rice with subtle notes of the spices that does not overwhelm. This would be a perfect accompaniment to your favorite Asian dishes and would especially be delicious with a curry dish! What’s even better, it takes 10 minutes or less to make and it’s completely gluten-free so everyone in the family can enjoy this! You may even add some left-over meat if you like and make this a one-dish meal! Enjoy!

Tasty and mildly spiced this fried rice is the perfect side dish for your favorite Asian food especially curries and stews. Great way to use left-over rice, too and it's gluten-free! | manilaspoon.com

Fried Rice with Aromatic Spices

By: Manila Spoon

February 8, 2016

Tasty and mildly spiced this fried rice is the perfect side dish for your favorite Asian food especially curries and stews. Great way to use left-over rice, too and it’s gluten-free!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups refrigerated (chilled) cooked rice
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive oil and 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 1 3-inch long Cinnamon Stick
  • 8 whole Cloves
  • 6 green Cardamom pods, crushed or bruised
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Peppercorns
  • Salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. In a wok, gently heat the oil and butter until the latter has melted. Add the garlic and let it sizzle for a few seconds.
  2. Add the spices and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes. You can remove the spices at this point and leave the flavored oil in the wok (if you don’t want to bite into them while eating the rice) or leave it to mix with the rice.
  3. Increase the heat to medium. Add the chilled rice, season with salt and stir-fry until thoroughly warmed through. Serve immediately.

Yield: 2 cups
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cooking Time: 10 Minutes
Total Time: 15 Minutes

Tasty and mildly spiced this fried rice is the perfect side dish for your favorite Asian food especially curries and stews. Great way to use left-over rice, too and it's gluten-free! | manilaspoon.com

11 Comments

  1. February 9, 2016 / 12:47 pm

    I'm a sucker for fried rice—love your spiced up version!

    • February 9, 2016 / 3:02 pm

      Thanks Liz! This is why we always make sure we have left-over rice! 🙂

  2. February 9, 2016 / 3:40 pm

    I bet this smells amazing while cooking! and I always seem to have leftover rice at home

  3. February 9, 2016 / 7:29 pm

    I'm going to make this tonight with my leftover rice! Thanks

  4. February 10, 2016 / 2:38 am

    We have fried rice with almost every meal. I love your use of cloves and cardamom

  5. February 10, 2016 / 3:16 am

    Yum! I love the spices in this–it would be fabulous with almost any curry I agree!

  6. February 10, 2016 / 4:52 am

    I love a flavorful fried rice! This one looks like it smells (and tastes) delicious!

  7. February 10, 2016 / 11:30 am

    Rice is such a staple in our house, but we usually just have it plain. This has inspired be to do more with it.

  8. February 11, 2016 / 7:59 am

    Oooh. All those spices. We are big rice fans … I will have to try this version soon!

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