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Thai Basil Fried Rice

Thai food is one of our favorite cuisines. Of course, after Indian food! I love the flavors in Thai cuisine - the coconut milk, fresh herbs and spices. Whenever we go to Thai restaurants, fried rice is one thing I love to order. Unlike the Chinese fried rice, Thai fried rice is packed full of lovely flavors and doesn't really need any side dish to go with it.

Today's recipe is a Thai style spicy fried rice with loads of veggies and basil leaves. I adapted the recipe from here and tweaked a bit to suit our taste buds. I prefer to use cold rice for fried rice always, otherwise freshly cooked rice can sometimes turn bit mushy. You can add any vegetables you got in your hand. If you have leftover rice and prepped all your veggies, this fried rice can be prepared in 15-20 minutes. I love to serve with fresh cucumber slices to balance out all the spice. Off to the recipe!


{ Thai style fried rice with vegetables and basil leaves }
Serves 3-4


1 cup jasmine rice / short grain rice
2 tbsp oil
2 garlic, finely chopped
½ inch ginger, grated
1 red chilly, finely chopped
1 medium onion, sliced
½ red capsicum (bell pepper)
½ yellow capsicum (bell pepper)
1 cup broccoli florets
1 small carrot, cut into matchsticks
8-10 green beans, cut into 1 ½ long pieces
10-12 mushrooms, sliced
3 tsp sambal paste / red chilly paste
1 tsp soy sauce
½ tsp sugar
½ cup packed basil leaves, roughly chopped
Salt to taste


1. Wash the rice well and cook the rice until soft and grains are separated. Spread on a plate and let it cool completely.

2. In a large wok, heat oil and add garlic, ginger and red chilly. Fry for 30 seconds. Then add onion and fry for 3-4 minutes.

3. Add all the vegetables and fry in medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes. Add the sambal paste, soy sauce, sugar and fry for 2-3 minutes.

4. Add the cooked rice, salt and toss everything well until combined. Add basil leaves and cook for another 1-2 minutes.

Notes and Tips
  • If you prefer less spice, add only 1 tsp of chilly paste or sambal.
  • You can add other vegetables like zucchini, baby corn, sugar snap peas etc.
  • To get non sticky rice, once the rice is cooked, cool it and refrigerate for at least an hour.
  • You can scramble eggs and add to the rice at the end.


  1. Looks awesome,rice with all those veggies and basil leaves

  2. Looks yum! lovely flavourful rice

  3. Yummy flavourful rice!! very colorful too :)

  4. Flavours are awesome..veggies have given nice color for the rice..yum

  5. Hey Sona. How have you bee? Hope you had a great Deepavali.Loved this recipe. Will try sometime. Btw did you make your own Sambal or was it store bought?

    1. Sorry for the late reply. I used store bought sambal. Instead of sambal paste, you can use red chilli paste or sriracha sauce.

    2. Sorry for the late reply. I used store bought sambal. Instead of sambal paste, you can use red chilli paste or sriracha sauce.

  6. Looks like a healthy and colorful rice..

  7. Hi, Looks very delicious!!

  8. looks colorful and flavourful with the touch of basil

  9. looks too good,perfect one pot meal :)

  10. Colorful n beautiful photograph..... yummy fried rice ......!!

  11. aah thats so colorful...

  12. Riot of flavors there! Very nice...

  13. sounds so yumm and that pic of the veggies...perfect

  14. Delicious fried rice.. i too loved Thai food..

  15. Fried rice looks so delicious and colorful.. hralthy too with all the veggies.

  16. Flavorful and delicious fried rice. The whole platter looks yummy.

  17. Wow this fried rice looks so tasty. I am bookmarking this one will try soon and let you know. Can I use red chilli sauce instead of sambal paste?

  18. very colourful and healthy looking rice. Nice dish to prepare on a Sunday.

  19. This rice dish looks amazing and delicioius. I'm intrigued by sambal paste which I've not heard of before!

  20. Looks all colourful and yum.


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