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Basil Fried Rice

The first summer in our new home, a little over 4 years ago, I decided to take on a project that surprised my family as much as it did me. Growing up, I was one of those few kids who hated running on freshly wet grass barefoot (still do!), who NEVER chased after snails and colourful bugs, and who somehow managed to escape being an active part of the school garden project where the entire class planted seeds in tiny colourful pots.

Recipe for Basil Fried Rice taken from www.hookedonheat.com. Visit site for detailed recipe.

Truth be told, I was never a fan of touching mud and getting my hands dirty. So much so, that the only kinds of greenery that you will find inside my home are jars filled with bamboo, supported by water. Nothing else. Not a single pot with a speck of mud. But that summer of 2011, I had this sudden urge to create a veggie patch of my own in our tiny, badly maintained back yard.

I had somehow convinced myself that this was what I really wanted to do, all by myself, and as soon as possible. So while the rest of my clan looked at me like I had lost it, the ever-supportive Hubby Dear ran to start the car and we dashed off to a nearby nursery with Baby Dear in tow.

A couple of hours later we were back, arms loaded with stuff and heads loaded with knowledge and tips. We had decided to try our hand at container gardening, and I knew I wanted to begin with cherry tomatoes, basil and cilantro. I guess I really surprised myself and everyone else, because every summer since, we’ve been buying more planters to add to the mix.

This past summer we had an abundance of 2 kinds of tomatoes, 2 kinds of chillies, 2 kinds of peppers, lettuce, cilantro, mint, Italian and Thai basil (which I used for this Basil Fried Rice). It’s been a fun learning process and not to mention, a complete joy to have Baby Dear dash off outside with my basket to pick fresh tomatoes and herbs around dinnertime, for meals like this Basil Fried Rice.

And for those wondering, I still don’t get my hands dirty with mud – the kind lady I met the nursery on that first visit convinced me that a good pair of gardening gloves were just as important for me to embark on my project as the best kind of organic soil was. And boy was she right!


Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Meena, www.hookedonheat.com


  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green beans
  • 1 cup shredded cabbage
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 2 cups shredded chicken optional
  • 3 cups cooked plain rice
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • a big handful of fresh basil roughly torn
  • salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste


  • Heat oil in a large non-stick wok and fry garlic and onions till lightly browned and fragrant.
  • Add in carrots, beans and cabbage, and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes. Add in white pepper and chilli powder, and fry for a few seconds. Mix in shredded chicken and stir-fry for another minute or two.
  • Add in rice and mix well. Splash soy sauce, add in roughly torn basil and stir-fry rice till everything is mixed well.
  • Season with salt and pepper and serve warm.


Make this a complete meal by serving it alongside some Chilli Chicken and Spring Rolls.

If you like this recipe, you will surely like my Egg Fried Rice.

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  • Reply
    Gaurav Sharma
    February 20, 2016

    5 stars
    I Love fried rice very much because it is the food which take much less time than any other dish in making and secondly it taste very good and you can fill your hungry stomach with it anytime you want.

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    Isabelle @ Crumb
    October 9, 2015

    5 stars
    Homemade fried rice is one of my favourite lazy dinners when we have leftover rice kicking around in the fridge, but I somehow never think to add a big handful of basil despite the fact that we have a pot of it growing right outside my back door. I think it’s time I changed that! Bookmarking for later. 🙂

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    Samantha | My Kitchen Love
    October 3, 2015

    5 stars
    Love making fried rice at home. It’s also the only way my toddler twins will eat rice! :/
    I’ll definitely need to give your yummy rendition a try!

  • Reply
    Mel @ The Refreshanista
    October 2, 2015

    5 stars
    This fried rice looks so yummy!

  • Reply
    October 2, 2015

    5 stars
    I’m a sucker for fried rice, and good news! My two-year-old son is too! I like to do it differently every time, and I happen to have a big basil plant that needs to be trimmed before it gets eaten by the frost. Looks like your recipe will make good use of it!

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