Fodni Bhaat (Indian Fried Rice)

Time: 15 – 45 minutes depending on if rice is already made.


  • 1.5 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp whole black mustard seeds
  • 3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 4 green Thai bird chilis or 2 serrano peppers, slit lengthwise
  • 0.5 tsp turmeric powder
  • 0.5 tsp red chilli powder
  • 2 cups cooked white rice
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp chopped cilantro


  1. Heat oil in a medium cast iron skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering.
  2. Reduce heat and add the whole black mustard seeds. Stir until they pop, about 15 seconds.
  3. Add chopped garlic and slit green chillies. Stir until fragrant, about 2 minutes, taking care not to brown the garlic.
  4. Add the turmeric and chilli powder. Stir until they impart their color to the oil, about 10 seconds.
  5. Immediately add the white rice and stir until thoroughly coated with the oil.
  6. Season to taste with salt salt and serve hot garnished with chopped coriander.
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