Indian-Style Egg Rice

Egg Rice Served with Yoghurt

This is a Dadima dish. Egg Rice is a go lunch or dinner that my mother-in-law makes for my boys using leftover rice. It cooks up quickly in the pan with just a handful of basic ingredients. Served with yoghurt, it makes them happy.

I have no idea where this egg rice recipe came from. I’m fairly sure it’s my mother-in-law’s invention. It’s certainly not a common Indian dish. For my husband, it’s comfort food. He remembers his mom making it for them when he was little. Now it’s a favourite for my boys.

I like having it in my back packet to pull out on a night when I know we’re going to be rushed for getting dinner on the table. Or when I have something spicy planned for my husband and I that I know is beyond my kids’ palettes. I especially like that it’s got some protein in there through the eggs.

This Indian-style Egg Rice is akin to a basic Chinese fried rice. Using leftover rice and canned tomatoes it’s a 10 minutes dish. Otherwise, simply prepare the rest of the ingredients while the rice cooks and then mix together. If you choose to start with fresh tomatoes you’ll need a bit more cooking time for them to soften in the pan.

You can garnish with as much or as little cilantro as suits your taste – for me I’d mix through a whole lot, but for the little guys I usually don’t event bother to be honest 🙂

This Egg Rice is a great way to introduce some non-threatening Indian flavours to the kids. This is something very important to me, to ensure they develop a taste for their cultural cuisine. So far, this, along with Aloo Paratha, Chila, Aloo Tikki, Veg Pakoras and Chana Masala are regulars at our family table.


Print Recipe
Indian-style Egg Rice
Course Main Dish
Course Main Dish
  1. Cook the rice using your favourite method.
  2. In a frying pan, add the oil and onions and saute until just soft.
  3. Add the chopped tomatoes, tumeric and salt. Stir to heat and combine.
  4. Add the eggs and cook stir contiously until well mixed and cooked through.
  5. Add the rice to the pan and mix with the pan ingredients.
  6. Garnish with cilantro and serve with plain yoghurt.

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