Basil and Vegetable- Thai fried rice

Thai fried rice final


This is a delicious, healthier and easy recipe. I used bell peppers, carrots, baby corn, onion and red curry paste and basil in this recipe. Adding basil makes the rice flavour full.

If you are planning for a tempting Thai lunch or dinner, then Thai fried rice is a must have item in it.

It can be served with thai curry. Please click for Red or Green curry recipes.

Health benefits of basil:

Basil (known as tulsi in Hindi) has been used for centuries in Ayurveda, a traditional Indian system of medicine, as a treatment for gastric, hepatic, respiratory and inflammatory disorders as well as a remedy for headache, fever, anxiety, convulsions, nausea and hypertension.

This dish is great for breakfast/lunch or packed lunch.

Serves: 3-4
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes


  • Red rice- 2cups (alternatively jasmine/thai rice can be used)
  • Washed and chopped Thai basil leaves- 1/2cup tightly packed +for garnish
  • Sliced red onions-1medium
  • Sliced bell peppers -1cup (red/yellow/green can be used or any colour of choice)
  • Sliced carrots-1medium
  • Halved baby corn -1/2cup
  • Dark soy sauce-1tbsp
  • Red curry paste-2-3tbsp (or as spice preferred) (link)
  • Honey-1tsp
  • Peanut oil-1tbsp
  • Salt- to taste
  • Crushed roasted peanuts-2-3tbsp


  • Rinse and soak red rice for 20-30minutes. After soaking time rinse again and drain.
  • Boil water in a large pot, add in soaked and drained rice, salt and cook on a medium flame until soft and fluffy, once cooked drain and spread on a broad dish/ plate to cool.
  • Heat oil in a kadai add in red curry paste and saute for few seconds.
  • Now add in sliced onions, bell peppers and carrots, baby corn and stir fry for 3-4minutes or until the veggeies are tender but crunchy.
  • Now add in soy sauce, honey , salt and saute for a minute/until the veggies are well coated.
  • Now add in the cooked cooled rice mix well and cook on a low flame for 3-4minutes or until heated thorugh.
  • Then add in basil and mix well. turn off the flame and garnish with roasted peanuts and basil.

Serve hot with curry.


  • Usually Jasmine rice/ thai rice is used in thai dishes but I used brown rice/red rice as a high fiber option.
  • I used homemade red curry paste, alternatively store bought can be used.
  • Spice can be personalised as per the taste.

I am bringing this recipe to Angie’s FF#41


About Chitra Jagadish

My passion for Cooking & love to explore healthy recipes. This blog is a result from it and am here to share 'Recipes for Healthy living'...Its all about 'FOOD and HEALTH'

Posted on November 4, 2014, in Indian, International, Main Course, Main dish. Bookmark the permalink. 37 Comments.

  1. Reblogged this on MrMilitantNegro™.


  2. I love Thai basil fried rice. I LOVE Thai food and that is something I always order along with Pad Thai and Pad se ew. Yum!!


  3. Chitra,
    What a mouth watering recipe! I want to make it for sure!

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  4. The recipe looks very interesting, Chitra! Love the ingredients. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  5. I’ve just come home and now after seeing your food I’m starving ha

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  6. Delicious! So far from Italian cuisine and so good!!


  7. Reblogged this on sliceofheaveninsweden and commented:
    This looks so delicious and easy to make. You could eat it alone of bake salmon or chicken on the side with it. Yum!!


  8. Reblogged this on Chef Ceaser.


  9. Ohhh my gosh, my mouth is watering. I need this in my life!

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  10. Oh my gosh, I’m making this asap! All the flavors are exactly what I love.

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  11. Happy to see you brought this along to Fiesta Friday, Chitra! It looks to be a wonderful dish with delicious flavors. 🙂


  12. Welcome to Fiesta Friday, love the vegetable and basil Thai fried rice. Definitely a lot of flavors going on there, so fresh and yummy! Enjoy your weekend!


  13. I love fried rice and nice to see you do not add any eggs. I prefer not to use them! Thai basil is one of my favorites – I grow it every year in my garden but this time of year it is hard to come by. Any comment on basmati versus jasmine rice ?


  14. Yum I love fried rice and this looks like an even yummier version of what i’m used to

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  15. I am a big fan of Thai fried rice! I usually make the fish fried rice. Love this fried rice with lots of veggies!

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