It is no exaggeration when I say that I cook fried rice all the time—several times a month at least. Fried rice is something that anyone can cook without a recipe. Just throw some vegetables, protein, rice, and seasoning into a wok, stir, and you’ll end up with a dish that is filling and comforting to the soul.
I came up with this yellow curry fried rice one day when I was trying to finish off leftovers in the fridge. My husband kept saying how much he enjoyed the fried rice so I knew I had to share the recipe.
I use the word “recipe” lightly in this instance because you can modify it however you want to. I have cooked this curry fried rice with green beans, bell peppers, corn, tofu, and chicken. All the different variations tastes wonderful. Feel free to use the recipe below as a guideline and make any substitutions that suit your taste.
COOKING NOTES FOR THE CURRY FRIED RICE
- Choosing the curry powder: Any kind of Indian-style mild yellow curry powder works well for this recipe. Trader Joe’s has a great curry powder blend. If you are local to Sacramento, the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-Op sells a good all-around curry powder in their bulk spices section.
- Using day-old rice: Traditionally, fried rice was a dish that people cooked to repurpose leftover rice from the night before. That’s why most fried rice recipes call for day-old rice. If you don’t have leftover rice on hand, cook a big batch of rice (about 1 1/2 cups to 2 cups of rice) and spread it over plates or a large baking sheet to cool. Let the rice dry out for an hour. Freshly cooked rice has too much moisture, so it’s not ideal for fried rice.
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Yellow Curry Fried Rice with Potatoes
- 8 ounces yukon potatoes, diced
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
- 2 1/2 tablespoons canola or olive oil, divided
- 1 cup diced yellow onions
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 1/2 tablespoons minced ginger
- 2 to 3 Thai chiles, sliced (optional)
- 1 large carrot, peeled and diced
- 8 ounces broccoli, cut into small florets
- 3 cups cooked day-old jasmine rice (see note 1)
- 2 stalks of scallions, sliced
- 2 teaspoons yellow curry powder
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 4 large eggs
- sliced scallions
- red pepper flakes
- chili oil
- Add the diced potatoes to a saucepan and fill it with water, about an inch above the potatoes. Add about 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt to the water and bring it to boil. Let the potatoes simmer for an additional 5 to 7 minutes, until they are fork tender. Drain the potatoes.
- Heat a wok or large sauté pan with 2 tablespoons of oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook them for 2 to 3 minutes, until they start to soften. Add the garlic, ginger, and chiles (if using), and stir with the onions until they are fragrant, about 15 to 20 seconds.
- Next, add the carrots, broccoli, and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt. If the wok or sauté pan is very dry, add 2 to 3 tablespoons of water. This will keep the vegetables from burning. Cover the wok or pan and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes.
- Add the cooked potatoes, rice, scallions, yellow curry powder, and soy sauce to the wok or pan. Stir until the rice takes on a nice yellow color. Taste the fried rice and adjust the seasoning to your taste.
- In a separate large nonstick pan or skillet, add the remaining 1/2 tablespoon of oil over medium heat. Fry up the 4 eggs. It takes me about 4 to 5 minutes to cook the sunny side up eggs.
- Serve the rice in 4 bowls and add a fried egg in each bowl. Garnish with additional sliced scallions, red pepper flakes, and chili oil, if you like.
- You can use any rice for this recipe.
- If you don’t like eggs sunny side up, you can just scramble them in the nonstick pan and stir the scrambled eggs into the fried rice. I would still cook the scrambled eggs separately. When you add 4 eggs over the rice at once, it can take a while for the eggs to fully cook, and you’ll end up with overly moist fried rice.