Fried rice Pad Thai style

A vegetarian fried rice with the flavours of Pad Thai that comes together quickly with whatever vegetables you have in the fridge.

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I LOVE pad thai, in fact all vegetarian thai food. What is not to love?? Its sweet, tangy, spicy, salty all in one bite. And pad thai as a noodle dish is popular for a reason, it’s got everything. Crunch, texture and above all, a perfect balance of flavours.

This recipe originated as I had nothing else in the fridge except 1 carrot, half a cabbage, and 1 capsicum and some leftover rice. And Sunday being my off day from kitchen, I wasn’t going shopping. So here is where my quick fried rice with the flavours of pad thai come in play.

Not only this recipe is quick and delicious but it is also highly customizable. Use whatever is left in your fridge and make a delicious peanutty rice that everyone will enjoy. Eat it hot or even at a room temperature making it a perfect meal to enjoy on the go. And in case, you need some more delicious ideas like this which is container friendly, check ‘lunch box ideas’ on my Instagram highlights.

And as I mentioned earlier, this rice is highly customizable. As for example, following few vegetables would taste equally great in this rice:

  1. Beans
  2. Snap peas
  3. Baby corn
  4. Bean sprouts
  5. Tofu or paneer
  6. Zucchini
  7. Mushrooms
  8. Baby spinach
  9. Bok choy

Depending on the vegetable you choose, you may have to cook it a bit longer or just a quick fry. For example, if  you were to put bean sprouts  and/or zucchini and/or baby spinach or bok choy, do so right at the end of cooking as they cook/wilt very quickly. However, if you were to put paneer/tofu, stir frying it in a different pan with salt and pepper or soy sauce would give it a rich brown crust which would add so much texture and flavour to your rice.

Fried rice pad thai style
Fried rice pad thai style

I love recipes which are adaptable and this rice with pad thai flavours, the Gujarati delicacy – muthia and handvo are all that and more. Use what you have in the fridge and make a delicious meal in manner of minutes.

If you are looking for a step by step process video of this recipe, do check ‘Fried rice’ in highlights of my Instagram account.

If you have enjoyed this recipe, you might some of these interesting as well:

  1. Crispy coconut and lemon rice (tahdig)
  2. Thunder tea rice (Lei cha rice)
  3. Vegetarian Vietnamese Rice crepes (banh xeo)
  4. Chili peanut wontons in lemon coriander soup
  5. Pan fried veggie buns in whole wheat flour

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