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Indo-Chinese Recipes: Making Szechuan Fried Rice

Updated on April 28, 2017

Szechuan Fried Rice

Szechuan fried rice is a spicy, Indo-Chinese rice dish. It is similar to Chinese fried rice; the only major difference is that Szechuan sauce is used to make Szechuan fried rice. It is a perfect food for those who like to eat spicier food; it is not only delicious, but also very easy to make, provided you have cooked rice and Szechuan sauce at home.

Szechuan Fried Rice
Szechuan Fried Rice
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Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: Serves four people

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked rice
  • 1 1/2 cups mixed vegetables, carrot, cabbage, capsicum, peas, french beans etc
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup onion or spring onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp Szechuan sauce, as per taste
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper powder
  • 2 tbsp oil, used more oil because I did not use oil for the sauce
  • 1/2 tsp salt, as per taste

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

  1. Wash 1 1/2 cup rice in water, soak in clean water for 15 minutes. Cook soaked rice with 3 cups of water in a pressure cooker, till 2 whistles. Turn off the fire, remove the cooker lid, once the pressure comes down naturally. Fluff the rice with a fork, spread it on a plate for cooling.
  2. Finely chop all the vegetables, such as 1/2 cup cabbage, 1/2 cup capsicum, 1/4 cup carrot, 1/4 cup french beans. You can add or delete one or two vegetables according to availability and your choice.
  3. Keep ready Szechuan sauce, either homemade or store-bought. I made the sauce for one-time use. You can see my recipe for this instant Szechuan sauce below.
  4. Heat oil in a thick-bottomed kadhai or wok. Throw finely chopped garlic. Saute till it turns golden. Add finely chopped spring onion or onion. Saute for 30 seconds.
  5. Add all chopped veggies and a fistful of fresh/frozen peas. Increase the fire to a high, stir-fry for 4 minutes or cook them till they are cooked and still crunchy.
  6. Add Szechuan sauce, pepper powder, and salt. Mix well. Cook for 1 minute.
  7. Pour cooked rice. Stir-fry and toss the contents for 2-3 minutes or till each grain of rice is nicely coated with the sauce and vegetables. Now, check for the taste. You can add more sauce or salt if needed.
  8. Szechuan Fried Rice is ready to serve. Transfer it to a serving bowl. Serve hot with a dry or gravy Manchurian. Enjoy the taste!

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How I Made Instant Schezwan Sauce:

  • Soak 2 Kashmiri dry red chilies (not hot) with 2-3 hot variety red chilies in water for 15 minutes. Take out the chilies.
  • Grind the chilies with a tsp chopped onion, 2 garlic cloves, 2 tbsp chopped tomato, a quarter tsp chopped ginger, 1/4 tsp lemon juice or vinegar, a pinch pepper powder, less than 1/4 tsp soy sauce, 1/4 tsp sugar, and 1 tsp salt.
  • Stir-fry this paste in 1 tbsp oil till the paste leaves oil on the sides. I did not fry it as a sauce but fried while making Shezwan fried rice, as I did both of them together.

Things to Note:

  • Cook rice al-dente. Each rice grain should be separated after cooking.
  • Be careful while adding salt, as the sauce also contains salt.
  • If you want to store Szechuan sauce, you must stir-fry the raw sauce in oil, till it leaves oil on the sides. Only if you make the sauce for one time use, you can directly stir-fry the sauce along with the vegetables for making the fried rice.
  • Using spring onions instead of onions gives better taste and color to the fried rice.

Nutritional Information of Szechuan Fried Rice

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 100 g
Calories 162
Calories from Fat45
% Daily Value *
Fat 5 g8%
Saturated fat 1 g5%
Carbohydrates 24 g8%
Fiber 5 g20%
Protein 5 g10%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 420 mg18%
* 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

    Ashish Dadgaa 4 months ago

    @Shaila,

    Yeah sure I will do that.

    Your articles making me to do that.

    I am really impress with your speed and your quality of work. You are doing very well I must say that.

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    ShailaSheshadri 4 months ago from Bengaluru

    As usual, nice comment! thanks for stopping by my article. Try doing this recipe!

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    Ashish Dadgaa 4 months ago

    @Shaila,

    Again an excellent piece of work.

    I loved fried rice. It's my favorite dish.

    I tried this before but not as you mentioned here but I will certainly give a try this way.