Vegan Fried rice and I are best pals. We have known each other for a very long time and it is one of my favorite rice dishes to make.
So, vegan diet can be difficult . There are very few vegan recipes that you can find in Chinese restaurants. If you are a vegan and find yourself in Chinatown NYC, go to “House of Vegetarian” on Mott street.
When you open the menu, you will be wide-eyed in wonderment. It is a cornucopia of wonderful vegetarian and vegan recipes. I have been to a few restaurant where I can order anything from the menu. This is one of them
For my fried rice, I went with tofu. I found that if I shallow fry the tofu, it makes for a great addition to the rice. I hope you love trying a quick easy meals like this vegan fried rice. It also works for vegetarian meals or when you are looking for weeknight easy dinner ideas.
If you don’t have any of the fresh vegetables, you can use the frozen version of mixed vegetables. Microwave about 2 cups of the vegetables for about 45 seconds before stir frying them.
For this recipe, I went with basmati rice because it is long grain rice. Also, it is very easy to make basmati rice and the trick is to wash it first. I made a quick step-by-step tutorial on how I like to cook Basmati rice.
If you don’t have Basmati rice, any long grain rice will be work well in this recipe. Once, I tried vegan fried rice with brown rice. It wasn’t bad at all, but, I prefer long grain rice.
This version of rice is on the spicy side because I use Thai chile and sriracha sauce. If you prefer to go a little less spicy, skip the Thai chili.
How To Make Vegan Fried Rice
Vegan Fried Rice
For the vegetables
- 1/4 cup sweet corn
- 1/4 cup French cut beans , cut into 1" long beans
- 1/4 cup carrots , cut into small cubes
- 1/4 cup of cherry tomatoes cut into small pieces
- 1/4 cup of red onions , finely chopped
- 2 tbsp olive oil for veg
- 1 tsp sea salt or to taste
- 1 Thai chili (finely chopped, optional)
- 3 cloves of garlic , finely chopped
- 1 tsp of finely grated ginger
- 1/2 tsp black mustard seeds
- 1/2 tsp Turmeric
For the tofu
- 1/2 of a tofu slab , cut into small cubes
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1 tsp of cayenne pepper
For the rice
- 2 cups of cooked basmati rice
- 5 cups of water to cook the basmati
- 2 pieces of cloves (optional)
- 2 pieces of cardamom pods , opened with seeds still inside (optional)
- 1 1 " stick of cinnamon
- Prepare the rice according to your liking or you can use my surefire method
- Mix the ingredients of sauce. Blend well and set aside
- In a medium wok, add the oil for Tofu and heat for 30 sec on medium heat
- Add the tofu and salt
- Toss the tofu for about 3 minutes until they are evenly browned on all sides
- Add cayenne and toss one more time
- Remove the tofu to a plate and set aside
- Using the same wok, add the oil for veg and heat for 30 sec
- Add all the veg and salt
- Toss the veggies in the wok for about 10 min, stirring frequently