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Onion Fried Rice

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British Indian restaurant (BIR) style onion fried rice

British Indian Restaurant style onion fried rice

This is another easy one for you. Some might say this onion fried rice recipe is self explanatory but it really isn’t. To get it right, you’ve got to follow a few rules.

With all onion fried rice recipes it is best to use a stainless steel pan or wok if possible. They retain the heat better and don’t cool down when you add the essential cold cooked basmati rice. 

Other pans will do the job but you will definitely get better results which are closer to British Indian restaurant style dishes with a stainless steel pan.

We use cold cooked rice in this recipe so that the rice grains remain firm. If you were to use cooked hot rice, the rice grains would become mushy. It is very important that the rice is very hot before serving.

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Yield: 2 - 4

British Indian Restaurant (BIR) Style Onion Fried Rice

British Indian Restaurant (BIR) Style Onion Fried Rice


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 onion - finely sliced
  • 500ml (2 cups) cooked cold basmati rice
  • Salt
  • 3 spring onions - finely chopped


  1. Heat the oil over medium high heat.
  2. Pour in the sliced onion and stir into the oil. You want the onion to become translucent and soft but not brown.
  3. Turn up the heat to high.
  4. When the oil is very hot, add the cooked cold basmati rice.
  5. Stir rigorously for about two minutes until the rice is very hot and nicely coated in the onion flavoured oil.
  6. Season to taste with the salt and sprinkle with the chopped spring onions to serve.

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jon m

Friday 18th of November 2016

i added a cardamon pod after cooking the rice, it gave a great flavor

bristol plasterers

Wednesday 10th of June 2015

mm this sounds rather tasty and something new to try. Thanks for sharing this recipe.


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