Basmati Fried Rice

Fried Basmati Rice

This is another basmati rice recipe, if you haven’t tried our Basmati coconut rice and basmati Jollof you are missing out.  This is my tested and recommended basmati fried rice recipe, try it out and let us know how it goes.


  • 4 tablespoons  vegetable oil (divided)
  • 2 cubes maggi
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon curry powder (divided)
  • 1 teaspoon thyme powder (divided)
  • 2 cups mixed vegetables (Carrot, peas, cabbage, sweetcorn)
  • ¼ cup chopped spring onion (optional)
  • 1 ½ cups precooked shrimps or chicken (optional)
  • ½ teaspoons crushed red pepper
  • 3 cups basmati rice (washed) (Preferably extra fancy long grain )


  • Place a large pot (with a good fitting lid) on medium heat; add 1 part each of oil, curry, thyme, 1 cube maggi, and 1 teaspoon of salt. Stir.
  • Add in 3 cups water. Cover the pot, increase heat to high and bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low (2.5-3), add in the rice and stir. Cover the pot tightly (I cover my pot with foil paper usually and then add on the lid) leave the rice to cook for 25 minutes. Set aside to cool
  • Place another large pot on medium heat, add in the left over oil and heat slightly.  Add all left over ingredients and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add in the precooked rice, meat (if using) and 3 tablespoons water, combine. Taste and adjust for seasoning as needed.  Simmer for another 3 minutes

Serve and Enjoy!

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By |March 5th, 2013|77 Comments


  1. caccy February 9, 2017 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    horrible hated it with life

    • caccy February 9, 2017 at 2:39 pm - Reply

      sorry for that i was discussing with friend loved to the core real sorry

  2. Nafisah December 25, 2016 at 5:01 am - Reply

    Pls is it the big maggi that u used or the normal small cube

    • Bode December 25, 2016 at 7:17 am - Reply

      Small cubes

  3. Omotola October 7, 2016 at 10:12 am - Reply

    This is like the best fried rice recipe my God it tasted so fab! Thanks a lot 9jafoodie you totally rock

  4. Kay January 12, 2016 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    Followed this recipe and it tasted amazing. Thank you.

  5. OLAWUNMI September 14, 2015 at 2:13 am - Reply

    Imagine me always looking for Basmati rice, not knowing that the rice my Indian mother in law used to cook for us is called Basmati rice. Thank God I went dia dis weekend and asked her where I can get that lovely rice she used to cook for us. She now mentioned it. (Basmati ricel oh my. I was shocked. Chai so na Basmati rice….. Lol. She went inside and gave me plenty of it. She is Indian though and she can’t do without it. Thanks and finally cooking it for my family soon. Nd will follow 9jafoodie method. Tnx alot nd God bless. Am a huge fan. Following u on Instagram also. God bless the work of your hands. And mine.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie September 18, 2015 at 3:09 pm - Reply

      Hahhahaha… Mother inlaw to the rescue. Amen amen! thanks much

  6. Omaa July 27, 2015 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    Pls can u write a recipe for shito (black peppery stew). Thumbs up though. Easy recipe for students and pls more for us to try in sch. Tried of eating indomie

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie July 29, 2015 at 2:45 pm - Reply

      I will! I actually have a recipe that was given to me by my Ghanian friend. I need to find it.

  7. tasha July 25, 2015 at 7:00 am - Reply

    Thumbs UP

  8. Tee July 10, 2015 at 10:03 am - Reply

    I make good fried rice, but this was the best fried rice I have ever made. Hubby ate it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and breakfast. #feelingcool I want to try your recipe for moinmoin now. Hope to get the same amazing result!

  9. Ganiyat July 5, 2015 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    Hey! I’m about to try this recipe but I’m only cooking for one…I only want to make about 1-2 cups… should I just reduce everything by half?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie July 6, 2015 at 10:03 pm - Reply

      yes! that works .

      • Ganiyat July 8, 2015 at 6:51 pm - Reply

        Made this tonight. It tastes nothing like my mom’s fried rice but it’s still so good!!!!

  10. Tee July 5, 2015 at 7:15 am - Reply

    Just finished cooking this, but I used the regular rice. It looks really good and though I have not eaten it, I’m 100% sure it will taste yummy. You are doing a great job!

  11. Saadah July 1, 2015 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    Hello. I just tried this recipe though I’ve not tasted yet but it looks colorful. Thank you

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie July 1, 2015 at 8:38 pm - Reply

      You are welcome. Thanks for the feedback.

  12. Funmi June 19, 2015 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    I will try this method especially during this Ramadan period for my family by God’s grace, look so yummy, Welldone Gurl!

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie June 20, 2015 at 6:57 am - Reply

      Thanks Funmi! do let us know how it turns out

  13. Barbara Forson May 15, 2015 at 1:57 pm - Reply

    Please can I used chicken or goat stock to boil de rice

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie May 15, 2015 at 9:56 pm - Reply

      yes you can. Do remember to reduce added salt and maggi though

  14. Lisa April 30, 2015 at 7:34 am - Reply

    I came across this blog recently and i tried this recipe and loved it. If i want to make 4 cups of basmati rice then do i an additional cup of water?

  15. riri March 18, 2015 at 6:53 am - Reply

    When you refer to stir while combining onions and the seasonings in the pot, does this include the spoon touching the bottom of the pot. Always been warned not to do that to prevent the rice from burning.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie March 18, 2015 at 7:30 am - Reply

      Lots of factors contribute to rice burning, however, the biggest culprit is high heat. By cooking the rice on the heat level indicated, it will not burn.

  16. May March 15, 2015 at 8:19 pm - Reply


  17. May March 15, 2015 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    What brand of basmati rice do you use please?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie March 15, 2015 at 8:13 pm - Reply

      Lal quilla

      • fomskee April 5, 2015 at 1:23 am - Reply

        Pls where do u buy from? Is it in the UK?

  18. alu March 14, 2015 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    Wow!OMG! I tried this rerecipe for lunch today and I was truly blown away by how lovely it turned out.out . Thanks foodie for this amazing one

  19. kennie March 6, 2015 at 12:43 am - Reply

    I tried this and it turned the best. Thanks 9jafoodie!!!

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie March 6, 2015 at 8:24 am - Reply

      That’s great!! thanks for the feedback

  20. Nkem February 26, 2015 at 6:50 am - Reply

    Omg! This turned out to be the best fried rice ever. I always used basmati and it turned out mushy but this worked. Thank you soon soo much. I’ve made it twice this week already. God bless you!!!

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie February 26, 2015 at 9:02 am - Reply

      That’s great Nkem! thanks for the feedback

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie February 27, 2015 at 12:20 pm - Reply

      Yeiiii!! that’s awesome. thanks for the feedback

  21. Lola January 29, 2015 at 7:49 am - Reply

    Yes this is the rice from Morrisons

  22. Lola January 24, 2015 at 9:16 am - Reply

    Hello ma’am. Please can you put the picture of the exact rice please? I have tried the basmati type I got at home but did not come out good

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie January 24, 2015 at 1:14 pm - Reply

      There are many basmati brands. what brand did you use?

  23. Oriyomi January 1, 2015 at 3:27 am - Reply

    Your recipe made my fried rice turned out the gold standard. Thank you ☺

  24. Mel November 1, 2014 at 10:52 am - Reply

    You’ve made me a believer, thank you! I tried this recipe (though with regular long grain rice) and it was absolutely fabulous! I’ll have to try it with basmati next time. Will be passing this recipe (and blog) along to others : ).

  25. Ruth October 8, 2014 at 8:48 am - Reply

    Please can l use Tolly boy long grain brown rice for this?

  26. toyin August 22, 2014 at 3:49 am - Reply

    What is Bamasti rice?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie August 22, 2014 at 10:05 pm - Reply

      A long grain variety of rice from India

  27. Dayo B July 1, 2014 at 4:53 am - Reply

    I made this last weekend and it was a huge hit!! My sister even called it restaurant rice! Thanks 9jafoodie!

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie July 5, 2014 at 6:52 am - Reply

      That’s awesome… thanks for the feedback.

  28. Noredia May 11, 2014 at 2:50 am - Reply

    Triea this recipe…it came out really well….I loved it….my husband loved it. Thanks for the recipe.

  29. Kady August 1, 2013 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    Did it today, looks good. Have not taste it yet, will do it after Iftar

  30. omolade July 17, 2013 at 9:21 am - Reply

    YAAAAYYYY,i did it , thank you posting the help that you did and making it so simple to follow

  31. Nmesomachi May 30, 2013 at 6:40 am - Reply

    Can you add chicken stock??

    • omolade July 17, 2013 at 9:27 am - Reply

      yeah, thats what almost everyone uses

  32. UmmiBee May 1, 2013 at 3:03 pm - Reply

    I’ve always been a stealth reader 9jafoodie, but it’s about time i came out and confessed that i’m a huge fan! I love your consistency and presentation. Keep up the good work!

  33. Titi's Passion April 9, 2013 at 11:03 pm - Reply

    Looks so good and I love the presentation too:) I’ll definitely be trying this recipe.

  34. Anonymous April 5, 2013 at 9:49 am - Reply

    wow! it’s delicious to parboiled rice.i lyk it:D

  35. Anonymous March 25, 2013 at 4:26 am - Reply

    I did love 2 b a member of dis syt bt all i get is a bann. Its all gud anyway in as much as i can read d ryt 4 meals nd d recipe. Tanks.

  36. LolaJubee March 22, 2013 at 4:07 am - Reply

    Where can I get Basmati rice? I stay in Ilesa.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie March 22, 2013 at 10:14 am - Reply

      I am not certain but I will ask around

    • creampalace March 28, 2013 at 1:30 am - Reply

      My name is crempalace am a distributor u can give me a call on 080 6212 9097

  37. Anne March 20, 2013 at 9:55 pm - Reply

    9jafoodie… thank you for this recipe….. i prepared the fried rice today. It came out very nice and delicious. i have been using all sort of recipe, but i find this one very great…… keep it coming… Thumbs UP 🙂

  38. Myne March 12, 2013 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    I’m always scared Basmati will go soft and rarely buy it. This looks great.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie March 14, 2013 at 5:55 am - Reply

      You just have to approach it differently from parboiled rice. thanks!

  39. chic therapy March 5, 2013 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    Fried rice is one meal I have difficulty with.Mine always turns out tasteless and watery.I will definitely try your method.

    • Udo March 5, 2013 at 9:37 pm - Reply

      Mine always has colour and no taste whatsoever. I need to try this method too!

      • 9jafoodie
        9jafoodie March 14, 2013 at 5:54 am - Reply

        I wonder why that is… please let me know how it goes with this recipe

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie March 14, 2013 at 5:53 am - Reply

      Let me know how it turns out

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