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Masala Rice served in a bowl with boondi raita and cilantro on the side
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Masala Rice Recipe

Masala Rice Recipe is a quick, easy and flavorful spiced rice that can prepared with leftover rice, vegetables and spices.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword leftover rice recipes, masala rice, spiced vegetable rice
Diet Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Method Stovetop
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 260kcal
Author Bhavana Patil


Measuring cup used 1 cup = 250ml

  • 2 cups cooked basmati rice or any rice
  • 1 cup mixed vegetables (carrot, beans, peas, bell pepper)
  • ½ cup onions finely chopped
  • ½ inch ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 green chilies finely chopped
  • few curry leaves
  • 2 tablespoon coriander leaves
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or ghee
  • salt to taste



  • Firstly take ginger, garlic, and whole spices like cinnamon, cloves, cardamom in a mortar pestle and crush till you get a fine paste. Keep aside.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of oil/ghee in a kadai. Add mustard and cumin seeds.
  • Once the mustard seeds start spluttering, add green chilies, curry leaves, hing (asafoetida), and ginger-garlic-spice mixture. Saute for a few seconds till the raw smell of the ginger garlic goes away.
  • Next, add onions. Saute till onions are light brown in color.
  • Then add the mixed vegetables and cook for 2-3 minutes till the vegetables are tender.
  • Next add the cooked rice and spices like turmeric, red chili powder, coriander powder, garam masala, and salt. Mix it well.
    Cover and simmer for 2-3 minutes and then turn off the gas.
  • Squeeze some fresh lime juice over it. Garnish with coriander leaves & serve vegetable spiced rice hot with raita.



  1. You can also use sweet corn instead of peas.
  2. Substitute white rice with brown rice, quinoa, or millets.
  3. Use ghee if you are making this for kids.
  4. You can even use leftover rice for this recipe.
  5. You can add roasted cashews or peanuts to get crunch in the rice recipe.
  6. I have not used tomatoes in this recipe but feel free to add. I have used lime juice for tanginess.
Note: Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.


Calories: 260kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 612mg | Potassium: 388mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 3011IU | Vitamin C: 104mg | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 1.4mg