Monday 27 May 2019

Recipe 81: Easy Mexican Fried Rice

Who doesn't love fried rice? Specially when it has the goodness of vegetables and beans, and the aromatic flavor of dried herbs.

Here is a recipe to an easy-to-make Mexican Fried Rice. But I should admit that this is not the traditional recipe. The traditional one is a one-pot recipe where you will have to fry the rinsed rice with the vegetables and then boil them in vegetable/chicken broth to perfection.

This is my unique way of making it where you cook the rice separately and then add it to the pan of vegetables and stir fry. You can use either freshly boiled rice or leftover rice.

So, I guess this unique recipe can become your clean-the-fridge meal!
Check out the recipe below for 2 servings.


  1. 1 cup Basmati rice
  2. 1/2 cup red kidney beans boiled and drained
  3. 1/4 cup sliced yellow pepper
  4. 1/4 cup sliced red pepper
  5. 1/4 cup finely chopped carrots
  6. 1/4 cup tomato ketchup
  7. 1/2 finely chopped onion
  8. 4 cloves of finely chopped garlic
  9. 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  10. 1/2 tsp. chili flakes
  11. 1/2 tsp. black pepper powder
  12. 1/4 tsp. oregano
  13. 1/4 tsp. thyme
  14. Salt to taste
  15. Water to boil rice


Boil the rinsed rice and keep it aside to cool down.
Add oil to a skillet and fry the garlic well.
To it, add the onion pieces and stir fry.
Then add the red and yellow peppers, carrots and red kidney beans.
Add herbs (oregano & thyme), chili flakes and pepper powder and mix well.
Cook till the vegetables are medium crunchy.
Add the tomato ketchup, mix well.
Finally add the boiled and cooled down rice.
Give a good mix by carefully folding the cooked vegetables into the rice.
Serve hot with a poached egg.
Disfrutate de la comida! (Enjoy your food)

Sohini Nandi

Hello from the Land of Santa Claus!
Professionally I am a Conservation Architect. That means I spend most of my time snooping around dilapidated and haunted buildings. I love the smell of old damp lime washed walls. Sorry to put you off with all the unpleasant details.
Now for the fun facts. I have been living in this extremely cold socialist country (its Finland, for the people who are still guessing!) for a few years. But I was in London doing my second post-graduation (University College London) and working on a few projects for the last 1.5 years.
Being a culture enthusiast, I have travelled far and wide in Europe learning culture and trying the unique local cuisines. Yes, I am a foodie too!
In SpicesnSecrets I will be sharing some of my experiences for similar lost souls in an alien country.
Cheers to life!


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