Thai fried rice recipe is a simple & delicious preparation using fresh basil & veggies.To keep it vegetarian/vegan, no curry paste or shrimp paste is used!
“It’s Priya madam’s regular order!” shouted the restaurant server from one end of the phone while I was holding the line on the other end. This was a regular weekend happening. I would call this particular restaurant to place my home delivery order and just by hearing my voice, they would know its me and my order. I didn’t have to say anything. It was really very sweet of them to do so. Given that it was one of the busiest restaurants in that area, they still remembered me, my voice and my order. After some time, they told me that they had stopped delivering to my area since it was a little far for them but gave me an exception. I was the only customer from here who got this special privilege and they continued to deliver to me. Wondering what was my order? Of course it was Thai Chilly Fried Rice! I even ordered from them the night before my wedding day for crying out loud! 🙂
Yes, that is how much I LOVE this dish and my fascination for it began from this very restaurant. We (me and my friends) visited this newly opened restaurant few years ago. The server suggested that I try this dish out as it was their spiciest offering. Thank god I listened to him and ordered it. There was no looking back from then. No matter what the occasion, my order was always fixed. My love for this dish from this restaurant is not hidden from anybody. When my BFF visited me to the US, she got me few plates of this dish vacuumed from the restaurant just so that I could taste it after three long years. In fact, if any of my friends visit this place, they never fail to let me know that they are there or send me a pic of their food. On such occasion, my friend asked the server to write down the recipe of this dish which of course they initially refused but once they got to know that it was for me, the chef promptly wrote it down and my friend shared it with me later.
Just my bad luck, I lost that recipe. Ever since I made Butternut Squash & Chickpea Thai Curry few days ago, I have been craving to eat Thai Chilly Fried Rice. Since I didn’t have the recipe I wanted, I decided to go with my own version of it. I bought a small bottle of Thai chilly paste only to later find out that it had shrimp in it. So that went kaput! I had to figure out some other way. This recipe does not have any curry paste or fish sauce as it had to be vegetarian. Here is what I did. Heat oil in wok, fry garlic and ginger for a minute. Then add Thai red chilly and red onions. Fry till the onions become translucent. Next add the veggies like baby corn, red bell peppers and broccoli along with salt. Toss it on high flame for 3-4 mins. Be careful to not over cook it or burn it. Next add fresh basil leaves, mix with the veggies and continue to saute it for another minute.
Time to add the sauces. Add soy sauce and Teriyaki sauce. Mix it. Then add cooked rice (Jasmine rice or regular rice) and some more fresh basil leaves. Mix them all together and toss them for 2 more minutes. Check and adjust salt as required.
The sweet aroma of fresh basil will surely tantalize you senses as you cook. and the spice quotient comes from the Thai red chilly. The grains need to be fluffy to give this fried rice the right look. I couldn’t wait to taste it and I did dig in a spoonful before I took the shots. It was delectable. The veggies were juicy and flavorful making it mouth-watering. Serve it hot.
While the dish did not taste exactly like the restaurant’s dish, it was still very delicious. I think, the basil leaves give a whole new dimension to this simple rice dish. But just having one spoon of this fried rice, transported me back to Bombay. I imagined myself sitting in that restaurant, enjoying the food with my friends. Best feeling in the world! I definitely intend to visit this place when I visit my home town the next time. And when I do, I also plan to let the chef know that I have dedicated this recipe to him.
Vegetarian Thai Chilly Fried Rice
- 1 tbsp oil
- 5-6 cloves of garlic
- Half inch ginger
- 3 Thai red chillies
- 1 large red onion
- 1 can baby corn
- 2 red bell peppers
- 1 cup broccoli
- 1 cup fresh basil leaves
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp teriyaki sauce
- Salt as required
- 2 cups cooked rice
- Heat oil in wok, fry garlic and ginger for a minute. Then add thai red chilly and red onions. Fry till the onions become translucent. Next add the veggies like baby corn, red bell peppers and broccoli along with salt. Toss it on high flame for 3-4 mins. Be careful to not over cook it or burn it. Next add fresh basil leaves, mix with the veggies and continue to saute it for another minute.
- Time to add the sauces. Add soy sauce and Teriyaki sauce. Mix it. Then add cooked rice (Jasmine rice or regular rice) and some more fresh basil leaves. Mix them all together and toss them for 2 more minutes. Check and adjust salt as required.
- Serve it hot.
By the way have you ever tried Red Thai Curry Salsa yet? It is such a refreshing way of cooking salsa, that you must give it a try. Some other popular rice recipes on the blog that I am sure you will love are Oriental Egg Fried Rice served with a Fried Egg, Cilantro Pot rice (Spinach Infused), Zucchini & Black Bean Rice, Beetroot & Edamame Fried Rice and Tomato Soy Pilaf Rice. Rice continues to be my weakness and I enjoy trying out different rice recipes. Also, I apologize about my long rant about this restaurant in Bombay. It holds a special place in my life and hence…! 🙂 If you ever plan to visit, write to me and I will share the details with you.
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