Indian Masala Fried Rice (Phodnicha Bhat)

Typically, this dish uses the previous night’s rice and turns it into magical breakfast fare. The potatoes and peanuts? Creamy and crunchy – what a combo! This might be my new favourite fried rice… just don’t tell my mum!


Indian Masala Fried Rice (Phodnicha Bhat)

15 minutes
10 minutes

2 cups cooked basmati rice (day-old is best)

1 tsp garam masala

½ tsp ground turmeric

½ tsp kashmiri chilli powder

2 tbsp coriander (cilantro) leaves, finely chopped

1 tsp sea salt flakes

2 tbsp vegetable oil or ghee

1 medium-sized potato, peeled, diced

1 small brown onion, diced

3 garlic cloves, finely diced

2 tbsp roasted whole peanuts

4-5 curry leaves

2 dried red chillies, small

½ tsp mustard seeds

½ tsp cumin seeds

  • Step 1

    Place rice in a large bowl, then follow with the garam masala, turmeric, kashmiri chilli and coriander in a large bowl. Add in salt, then give everything a good mix to ensure that every grain of rice is coated in spice. Leave aside for 15 minutes to allow flavours to infuse.

  • Step 2

    Preheat wok on high heat with 1 tablespoon of ghee. Using a spatula, fry potatoes for 5 minutes until they are cooked through and lightly golden brown. Add in onion, then continue cooking for another 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and add in garlic, peanuts, curry leaves, dried chilli, constantly moving ingredients around in the pan. Follow with mustard seeds and cumin seeds.

  • Step 3

    Add another tablespoon of ghee if needed and increase heat back to medium-high heat. Next, add the flavoured rice to the wok. Continue tossing all ingredients together in the pan until everything is incorporated. Serve and enjoy!

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What our customers say

4.5 out of 5 stars (based on 2 reviews)
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A Fried Rice Delight - Spice of Life!

September 13, 2022

Just made this recipe after seeing it on YouTube – what a hit! Removed the peanuts as I’m allergic but kept the potatoes. What a creamy, spicy, delightful meal. Great use for leftover rice and certainly hits the spot for a chilly day’s lunch.

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More than 2 servings

September 7, 2022

Hi Marion. Love your cooking. We are feeding a melee of Indian dishes to a group of 7 people. Can this recipe be doubled?

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Response from Marion's Kitchen

Thanks so much for your review! You can absolutely double all the quantities to feed more people. Hope they enjoy it!

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