Thai basil fried rice is a delicious preparation made by cooking rice along with basil leaves, assorted vegetables and various asian spices.
The dish is usually made by heating oil in a large wok and stir frying vegetables, steamed rice and other ingredients on high heat in a spicy sauce.
As the name suggests the dominant flavor of the dish comes from the addition of fresh Thai basil leaves. These are different from Italian basil and have a more sweeter and mintier taste. Since the recipe is heavily reliant on the flavor of Thai basil leaves, other substitutes won’t work well in this recipe.
Thai basil fried rice traditionally contains oyster sauce & fish sauce. For this recipe I have used a combination of soy sauce & a mushroom based vegan oyster sauce. If you can’t find it, you can also use tamari or just a larger quantity of soy sauce.
The dish is meant to be quite spicy and is generally flavored with a generous amount of Thai chillies, ginger, garlic and onion.
To make the dish more wholesome and nutritious, you can add tofu along with any vegetables of your choice like carrots, bell peppers, zucchini, beans etc.
Thai basil fried rice is quite flavorful, so it can be served alone or with a Thai curry like vegetarian thai green curry.
To make vegan thai basil fried rice at home follow the detailed step by step recipe with photos posted below.
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Vegan Thai Basil Fried Rice Recipe
Ingredients For Vegan Thai Basil Fried Rice Recipe
- 4 Cups Cooked Rice
- 1/2 Medium Sized Onion
- 2-3 Spring Onions
- 1 Carrot
- 1 Cup Colored Bell Peppers (Capsicum)
- 1/2 Cup Diced Tofu
- 1/2 Cup Thai Basil Leaves
- 2 Thai Green Chillies
- 3-4 Cloves of Garlic
- ~1 Inch Piece of Ginger
- 1/2 Tablespoon Vegan Oyster Sauce
- 2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
- 1 Teaspoon Brown Sugar
- 1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper Powder
- 1 Teaspoon Salt, or according to taste
- 1 Tablespoon Oil
Step By Step Instructions for Vegan Thai Basil Fried Rice Recipe
- Heat some oil in a large wok and add paste of ginger, garlic and green chillies to it. Fry till the garlic just starts turning golden brown.3-4 Cloves of Garlic, ~1 Inch Piece of Ginger, 2 Thai Green Chillies
- Add thinly sliced onions and chopped spring onions to the wok. Cook on high heat for a couple minutes, till the onions start softening slightly.1/2 Medium Sized Onion, 2-3 Spring Onions
- Then add diced carrots and colored bell peppers. Fry the vegetables for 3-4 minutes.1 Carrot, 1 Cup Colored Bell Peppers (Capsicum)
- Add vegan oyster sauce, soy sauce, brown sugar, black pepper powder and salt.1/2 Tablespoon Vegan Oyster Sauce, 2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce, 1 Teaspoon Brown Sugar, 1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper Powder, 1 Teaspoon Salt, or according to taste
- Then add roughly chopped Thai basil leaves. Mix and cook for a couple of minutes.1/2 Cup Thai Basil Leaves
- Add the tofu cubes to the wok. I have lightly shallow fried the tofu before adding, but you can add raw tofu as well.1/2 Cup Diced Tofu
- Add the steamed rice to the wok. It is best to use leftover rice for this recipe. If using freshly cooked rice, let it cool down, preferably for at least 2-3 hours before adding.4 Cups Cooked Rice
- Mix the rice with the ingredients and cook on high heat for a couple of minutes.
- Spicy Thai Basil fried rice is ready. Garnish with fresh basil leaves and serve hot.
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