Indian fried rice made with long-grain rice, cumin, black peppercorns, and onions.

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Ingredients

3
Original recipe yields 3 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Wash rice well and soak in 2 1/2 cups salted water for 30 min.

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  • Heat oil in a heavy or nonstick pan. Add onions and fry till dark brown. Drain onions and set aside, but reserve the oil.

  • In the same oil, stir fry cumin, peppercorns, and bay leaf for a few seconds.

  • Drain rice reserving the water and add the rice to the frying pan. Add sugar, stir gently, fry till rice is light brown. Add clove-cinnamon powder, stir. Add salt water (previously drained) and bring to a boil.

  • Simmer covered until rice is the cooked and the water evaporates. Rice should not be sticky when finished. Spoon the onions on top to serve.

Nutrition Facts

340 calories; 5.4 g protein; 56.5 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 15.6 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (31)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
07/14/2003
I was taught how to make this rice by a Pakistani friend of mine. She used Basmati rice whole cloves and added frozen peas for color. It was the first time I had ever seen anyone fry raw rice! The aroma while the rice is cooking is fabulous - almost unbearable! She served it with okra that was stewed with tomatoes and we ate by scooping it up with warm pita bread using only our left hands. It was my first hands - on experience of authentic ethnic cooking and I have since gotten 'the bug' and continue similar types of cooking adventures. I will always think of my friend when I prepare this rice - thank you Uzma! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
09/02/2010
The cumin is too strong for me...wouldnt make again. Read More
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33 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 14
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
07/14/2003
I was taught how to make this rice by a Pakistani friend of mine. She used Basmati rice whole cloves and added frozen peas for color. It was the first time I had ever seen anyone fry raw rice! The aroma while the rice is cooking is fabulous - almost unbearable! She served it with okra that was stewed with tomatoes and we ate by scooping it up with warm pita bread using only our left hands. It was my first hands - on experience of authentic ethnic cooking and I have since gotten 'the bug' and continue similar types of cooking adventures. I will always think of my friend when I prepare this rice - thank you Uzma! Read More
(22)
Rating: 5 stars
10/05/2004
Very easy and delicious rice even without the cumin seeds (I used ground instead). Very fragrant. Next time I will try basmati rice for a completely authentic touch. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/20/2004
This rice was incredible!!! I absolutely loved it. I made it with brown rice and 3 c. of water. It had the best taste. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/17/2007
Very nice and simple. Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2010
I enjoyed this recipe served it this evening with the Beer and Spinach curry off this site. I liked the final presentation with the onions served on top of the rice rather than just mixed in. It is a little longer to prepare and cook than most rice dishes but well worth it for a tasty change. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2008
This rice went great with the Thai Curry Tofu (also on this site) very simple to make but a safe taste (my husband who doesn't like trying anything "too weird" even liked it) Would definately make again Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/10/2006
This was so good. The flavors are so complex and wonderful together. Because my family is picky and prefers plain white rice I cooked the rice alone (for them) and then followed the rest of the recipe only skipping frying the rice. I added some of the cooked rice into the skillet with all the cooked spices and onions. Yum! Thanks. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/19/2005
Quiet an interesting taste. I liked it. I would make it again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/10/2004
Yum just like in the Indian restaurant. Add some frozen peas and carrots and it's the perfect side to any spicy Indian meal. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
09/02/2010
The cumin is too strong for me...wouldnt make again. Read More
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