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Vegetable fried rice is an Indo-Chinese stir fry dish. This is a vegan, gluten-free and one-pot fried rice recipe made in the instant pot by cooking rice and veggies at the same time. Check out how to make this better than takeout fried rice in the instant pot or on stove.
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Vegetarian fried rice is a famous Indo-Chinese stir fry dish made with rice, stir fry vegetables, and flavored with soy and chili sauce. This is a one-pot, gluten-free, vegan fried rice recipe made in the instant pot.

It is perfect for lunch or dinner and can be served with Asian dishes especially veg manchurian. This homemade Indo-Chinese style fried rice is very easy to make in an instant pot and is better than takeout. It is a delicious and crowd-pleaser dish for any party or potluck!

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Vegetable fried rice ingredients

I like to use basmati rice for fried rice, however, jasmine rice works well too for Indo-Chinese fried rice. Also, I have used freshly cooked rice but fried rice can be made with leftover rice too.

Other ingredients consist of vegetables such as green beans, carrots, and green onions. I have not used peas or corn but if you like, you can add those too.

Soy sauce and chili sauce add flavor to this Chinese-style veg fried rice. For the gluten-free version, you can use gluten-free soy sauce. You can adjust the spiciness by adjusting the chili sauce or even topping the fried rice with hot sriracha sauce while eating.

How to cut vegetables for fried rice?

To make fried rice, the veggies must be chopped fine. A food processor with an adjustable slicing blade is very handy in chopping vegetables. You can also cut them fine with a knife, I like to use the Komachi knife for chopping.

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How to make fried rice in instant pot?

It is very easy to make veg fried rice in the instant pot. The best part is you can cook both rice and vegetables together. To cook them together, it is best to soak the rice for 30 minutes before cooking.

Turn the instant pot on saute mode and once it is hot, add some oil. You can use regular cooking oil or even sesame oil. Once the oil is hot, add the lower white part of green onion followed by carrots and green beans.

Saute for about a minute and add salt, sugar, black pepper, soy sauce, and vinegar and mix it well. Add the water and deglaze the pot with a spatula.

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Finally, add the basmati rice (discard the soaked water) and mix for the final time. Press cancel to come out of saute mode and lock the lid with pressure valve in sealing position.

Select high-pressure mode by pressing the pressure button or manual button and adjust the time for 1 minute. Allow the pressure to release naturally by letting the silver pin drop naturally. Open the lid and fluff the rice with a fork, garnish with green onions.

How to make veg fried rice on the stove?

Before the instant pot, I used to make fried rice on the stove. One of the good parts of cooking on the stove is that you could make instant fried rice with left over rice. But if you do not have left over rice, you can also make it in a matter of minutes.

In a saucepan, boil enough water, on medium-high heat, to cook the rice. Allow the water to come to a rolling boil and then carefully add the soaked rice. Allow the rice to cook for about 12 minutes, it should be al dente.

Strain the water and spread the rice on a plate and allow it to cool down. This ensures the rice does not get overcooked and mushy. While rice is cooling down, stir fry the veggies for fried rice in a wok or a frying pan.

Heat a wok on high flame and add some oil. Once oil is hot, add the green onion whites followed by carrots and green beans. Saute for about a minute and add salt, sugar, black pepper, soy sauce, and vinegar and mix it well.

Finally, add the basmati rice and mix gently. Cook for about a minute, turn the stove off and garnish the vegetable fried rice with chopped green onions.

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What to serve with vegetable fried rice?

It is best to serve Chinese style veg fried rice when it is hot. It is popularly served with vegetable manchurian or gobi manchurian. Kungpao is another easy dish to serve with fried rice, it is much quicker to prepare as well.

How to store fried rice?

Fried rice can be stored in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. It does tend to dry so, it is best to add a little bit of water while reheating it in the microwave or on the stove. Cover the fried rice with a lid while reheating to ensure that it absorbs the moisture.

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Vegan Fried Rice | Instant Pot | Stovetop

Vegetable fried rice is an Indo-Chinese stir fry dish. This is a vegan, gluten-free and one-pot fried rice recipe made in the instant pot by cooking rice and veggies at the same time. Check out how to make this better than takeout fried rice in the instant pot or on stove.
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Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese, Indian
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Soak Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 30 mins
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 262kcal
Author: Alpa Jain

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Basmati rice (rinsed and soaked for 30 mins)
  • 1 cup + 3 tbsp Water
  • 2 tbsp Oil

Vegetables

  • 1 cup Carrot (finely chopped)
  • 1 cup Green beans (finely chopped)
  • ¼ cup Green onion whites (chopped)
  • ¼ cup Green onion greens (chopped)

Spices and sauces

Instructions

Veg fried rice in instant pot

  • Rinse basmati rice under cold water until water runs clear.
  • Soak basmati rice in enough water for 30 minutes and then discard the water.
  • Turn the instant pot on Saute mode normal setting.
  • Once instant pot is hot, add oil in the instant pot container.
  • Once oil is hot, add green onions (white part) followed by carrots and green beans
  • Saute for about a minute and add salt, sugar, pepper, soy sauce and vinegar and give it a mix.
  • Add water and deglaze the pot with a spatula.
  • Add the soaked rice and give it a mix.
  • Press cancel to come out of saute mode.
  • Lock the lid and turn the instant pot on high pressure mode for 1 minute with pressure valve in sealing position.
  • Allow the pressure to release naturally.
  • Open the lid and fluff the rice with a fork, garnish with green onions.

Veg fried rice on cooktop

  • Rinse basmati rice under cold water until water runs clear.
  • Soak basmati rice in enough water for 30 minutes.
  • Boil 4 cup water in a sauce pan on high flame.
  • Once the water is boiling, add rice and cover the pot with a lid and lower the heat to medium.
  • Cook the rice for about 12 minutes untill al dente.
  • Strain the water from the rice using a strainer.
  • Transfer the rice to a plate, fluff it wait a fork and allow it to cool down.
  • Heat a frying pan or a wok on high flame.
  • Add oil to the wok.
  • Once oil is hot, add green onions (white part) followed by carrots and green beans.
  • Saute for about a minute and add salt, sugar, pepper, soy sauce and vinegar and mix well.
  • Add rice and mix it with a spatula.
  • Take the frying pan off of flame, garnish fried rice with green onions (green part)

Notes

You can use jasmine rice in this recipe instead of basmati rice
Nutrition Facts
Vegan Fried Rice | Instant Pot | Stovetop
Serving Size
 
1 cup
Amount per Serving
Calories
262
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
7
g
11
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
5
g
Sodium
 
697
mg
30
%
Potassium
 
254
mg
7
%
Carbohydrates
 
44
g
15
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
4
g
4
%
Protein
 
5
g
10
%
Vitamin A
 
5712
IU
114
%
Vitamin C
 
8
mg
10
%
Calcium
 
46
mg
5
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Recipe Rating




Dr Sejal

Wednesday 17th of March 2021

It's very quick receipe and easily explained Waiting for new stuff

Alpa Jain

Wednesday 17th of March 2021

Hi Sejal,

Thankyou for the feedback. Glad you liked it. You can subscribe to receive new recipes in your inbox.

Regards Alpa

H N

Tuesday 16th of March 2021

Hi, for cooking in the instant pot, is it pressure cook on high for ONE minute only?

Alpa Jain

Tuesday 16th of March 2021

Hi

Yes, it is high pressure for one minute with NPR for basmati rice soaked for 30 minutes.

Hope this helps

Regards Alpa