Cook's Hideout: Thai Inspired Fried Rice

April 28, 2009

Thai Inspired Fried Rice

I say Thai "inspired" because I used ingredients like lemon grass, green curry paste, coconut milk that are used widely in Thai cooking, but I cannot vouch for the authenticity of the manner in which it was cooked. This is kind of “Passport to Thailand” kind of a recipe made using ingredients on hand.
It is also “clean your fridge for next week’s grocery shopping” recipe too.This dish came about while thinking of IVAW-Thai being guest hosted by talented Priya @ Akshayapaatram and looking at the stragglers in the fridge. Its A Vegan World is a monthly blog event started by Lovely Vaishali @ Holy Cow.
This makes a quick dinner and great for lunch boxes too. Here’s how I made it.

Basmati Rice – 1½ cups
Extra firm Tofu – 1 12 oz. package, drained and cubed
Mixed veggies – 3 cups (I used carrots, French cut beans, green pepper, peas)
Onion – 1 large, diced
Green chilies – 2, sliced
Scallions – 1 bunch, chopped
Green curry paste – 3tbsp (I used store-bought)
Coconut milk – ¼ cup (I used store-bought)
Ginger – 1” piece
Garlic – 2 cloves
Lemon grass – 2tbsp of the chopped soft fleshy part
Soy sauce – 2 tsp
Sambal Oleak – 1tsp (optional)
Salt & Pepper – to taste

  • Cook rice and keep aside to cool.
  • Heat 1tbsp oil in a large sauté pan on medium high; sauté tofu till lightly brown on all sides, about 10-12 minutes; remove from the pan and keep aside.
  • In the same pan, add ginger, garlic, lemon grass and sauté for 30seconds.
  • Add green curry paste and sauté for couple of minutes until fragrant.
  • Next add all the veggies and stir-fry on medium high until crisp tender. Add coconut milk, salt and pepper; cook for 5 minutes until the mixture dries out just a little bit. Add cooked rice, mix well and cook until heated through, another 5 minutes. Enjoy this spicy fried rice with some raita.


  1. Fried rice with tofu sounds and looks very healthy delectable and inviting...

  2. WOw tha fried rice looks so so yumm and coliurful.

  3. First time here. Your fried rice look so good.

  4. Thai fried rice looks yummy and very colorful :)

  5. I like Lemon grass, very subtle lemony flavor and love the aroma too. Rice looks good! :)

  6. Love Thai rice with all the special thai ingredients...yummy

  7. Thai rice has an aromatic look!

  8. Delicious fried rice, looks gorgeous!

  9. Am seeing thai recipes everywhere. A great one pot meal for lunch boxes!

  10. Yummy fried rice..! Check my blog too..!

  11. I think you're new here. I love all ur posts.

  12. Was just scrolling down to see recipes quickly, and your Thai fried rice looks so yummy, felt like to eat right away, shall try this one.

  13. In order to succeed this recipe you have to use Diamond Pearl Basmati Rice. This is a Pure Indian Basmati rice. If you want more informations go on the website or send a mail at


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