Healthy Recipes: Chinese-Style Vegetable Fried Rice

Updated on February 6, 2020
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I worked as a banker for 17 years, and now I work as a freelance writer. I love staying fit and cooking tasty and healthy meals.

Chinese Foods:

Chinese-style foods normally taste different from other foods. They often use monosodium glutamate (also known as Ajinomoto or MSG) and olive oil when cooking. Ajinomoto imparts a unique taste and flavor that dominates the flavor of other ingredients used in making the dish. Due to controversies associated with Ajinomoto, I do not use it in my recipes. You can make delicious fried rice without using it. Vegetable fried rice is eaten best with Manchurian or Paneer chili as a side dish.

Tips for buying soy sauce:

One of the ingredients I used here is soy sauce. When choosing a soy sauce, make sure that it is brewed naturally. Also, check whether it has Ajinomoto (MSG/Monosodium Glutamate) content in it. Soya sauce is sometimes made using harsh chemicals that might have side effects on health. Go for natural, Ajinomoto-free soy sauce.

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Vegetable fried rice
Vegetable fried rice

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Serves four people


  • 2 cups long grain rice or Basumati rice
  • 1 tsp garlic, crushed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt, as per taste
  • 3/4 tsp pepper powder
  • 1 mace, broken into pieces,optional, I didn't use
  • 1 star anise, broken into pieces, optional, I didn't use
  • 1/4 cup carrot, cut lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup capsicum/bell pepper, cut lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup french beans, cut lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup cabbage, shredded lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup spring onion, finely chopped

Step-By-Step Images and Instructions for Making Veg Fried Rice

  • Wash rice. Soak in 3 cups of fresh water for 15 minutes. Cook up to two whistles, simmer for two minutes. Put off the fire. Open the cooker, spread the rice on a plate.
  • Heat olive oil in a wok or in a deep bottomed Kadhai. Throw crushed garlic into it. Saute till it turns golden. Pour chopped vegetables, except bell pepper. Fry on high flame for 2 minutes. Add chopped bell pepper. Continue frying for one more minute. Add a pinch of sugar to retain the color of the veggies.
  • Add soy sauce and vinegar. Stir-fry for few seconds. Add rice, pepper powder and salt. Mix once. Toss for even combining. Garnish with chopped spring onion greens.
  • Chinese-style vegetable fried rice is ready to serve. Serve hot with Manchurian or with chili paneer as a side dish.

cooked long grain rice
cooked long grain rice
Sauteing vegetables
Sauteing vegetables
Veg fried rice
Veg fried rice


  • Cook rice al dente.
  • Cook vegetables on high flame to retain crunchiness.
  • Toss at the final stage to combine the spices with the rice.
  • Using mace and star anise gives a special flavor to this fried rice.

Nutritional Information of Vegetable Fried Rice

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cup
Calories 260
Calories from Fat63
% Daily Value *
Fat 7 g11%
Carbohydrates 46 g15%
Sugar 3 g
Fiber 6 g24%
Protein 6 g12%
Cholesterol 60 mg20%
Sodium 180 mg8%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.


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  • Ashish Dadgaa profile image


    3 years ago


    You are welcome :)

  • ShailaSheshadri profile imageAUTHOR


    3 years ago from Bengaluru

    Ashish, thanks for your lovely comments.

  • Ashish Dadgaa profile image


    3 years ago


    This is a mouthwatering recipe I must say that. I loved the way you have made it easy and simple. I will definitely try this.

    Thank you for sharing with us.

    Bless you.


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