Whenever you have leftover rice, the best way to consume it is by turning it into a fried rice dish. There are so many variations you can play with when it comes to fried rice recipes, and here’s one of my go-to flavour combo, a Spicy Ginger Egg Fried Rice, featuring a little twist on a classic and adding in some robust flavours!
Leftover Rice is Key
Fried rice is all about utilizing leftovers. Firstly, leftover rice is key. You definitely do not want to use warm fresh rice because the moisture would make the texture of the dish damp and mushy.
I’ve only added eggs and mixed vegetables for this recipe but you can totally throw in some leftover chicken, prawns, mixed seafood, or anything really, into it as well.
Quick & Money-saving
This egg fried rice recipe is cheap to make. Obviously, that is still dependent on what other toppings you include. But you don’t need much in this recipe, in my opinion. I always use frozen mixed vegetables, which is cheap to get and easily stored in the freezer over a long period of time, making it super convenient to whip up a bowl of fried rice anytime. The rest of the ingredients are pretty much kitchen cupboard essentials, e.g. ginger paste, eggs, soy sauce, etc. Occasionally, I would toss in some leftover chicken but, my point is, it doesn’t require anything fancy at all.
Time-wise. this fried rice recipe is ridiculously quick to make. Not just on cooking time but in general because you literally don’t have to prep for anything.
Spicing things up
Ginger already adds a robust touch of flavours and I have jazzed it up further by the use of biryani masala powder. This combination gives a great boost of flavours to a typical egg fried rice dish. The use of both chilli flakes and biryani masala adds a decent amount of spice to the recipe, but if you like to spice it up even more, you can add in chilli powder as well.
Ingredients to make Spicy Ginger Egg Fried Rice
- leftover chilled Rice (I used Basmati Rice)
- Ginger Paste
- Frozen Mixed Vegetables
- Chilli Flakes
- Chilli Powder (optional)
- Biryani Masala (I used Greenfields)
- Soy Sauce
- Salt & Pepper
Spicy Ginger Egg Fried Rice
- 2 Eggs beaten
- 1 tsp Ginger Paste
- 1 cup Cooked Leftover Rice chilled
- 1 cup Mixed Vegetables
- 1 tsp Chilli Flakes
- 1 heaped tsp Biryani Masala
- 1 tbsp Soy Sauce
- 1 tsp Vinegar
- Salt & Pepper
- 1 tsp Chilli Powder (optional)
- 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
- Heat oil in a wok over high heat.
- Add eggs and cook for 30 seconds to a minute until it cooks through in curds.
- Stir in ginger paste and chilli flakes, and cook until its raw smell is cooked off.
- Add in mixed vegetable, stir-fry for about 5 minutes.
- Toss in cooked rice. Season with salt and pepper.
- Stir in biryani masala powder and chilli powder (if using).
- Add vinegar and soy sauce. Stir-fry until evenly coated. Serve immediately.