Vagharela Bhath

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I am always on the lookout for quick and easy lunch recipes. I really like the ones that use leftover rice as that is something we always have at our house. I learned this recipe from a Gujarati friend. You can omit the onions if you want.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
4 servings


  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil

  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds

  • 2 sprigs fresh curry leaves

  • 1 pinch asafoetida powder

  • 1 onion, minced (Optional)

  • 1 cup finely chopped potatoes

  • 4 green chile peppers, chopped

  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric

  • ¼ teaspoon white sugar

  • salt to taste

  • 4 cups cold, cooked white rice

  • 3 tablespoons lime juice, or to taste

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Fry the mustard seeds in the oil until they begin to splutter, 2 to 3 minutes; add the curry leaves and asafoetida powder and cook together for 1 minute before adding the onion, potato, green chile peppers, turmeric, sugar, and salt. Cook and stir the mixture until the potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes.

  2. Crumble the rice into the skillet, breaking the grains apart as best you can. Stir the rice into the mixture, continuing to separate the grains your spoon as you stir; cook until the rice is thoroughly heated, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the lime juice and cilantro to serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

837 Calories
12g Fat
164g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 837
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 17mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 164g 60%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 123mg 614%
Calcium 107mg 8%
Iron 9mg 52%
Potassium 602mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.