This Indian style curry rice recipe or Indian curried rice recipe is very easy to follow and you can make very delicious South Indian style curry rice using any left over curry you have.
The flavor of the curry rice will greatly depend of the curry you are using to make the curry rice, so the end flavor will vary based on what curry you are using.
I have used here the left over tomato onion curry made for chapathi and rice for this Indian curry rice recipe along with some extra spices.
You can use any similar leftover curry that you may have at home, and also try different spices to experiment with new flavors in curry rice!
As I said, you may tweak the recipe by choosing your own favorite spices, so this very easy and flexible recipe in terms of the kind of ingredients you use, but I highly recommend following the exact measurements and steps mentioned in the recipe as they are important to make the perfect delicious curry rice.
As I mentioned above, I used leftover tomato onion curry for this Indian curry rice recipe.
You can see the link to my tomato onion curry recipe below.
I didn’t add any extra onions to make this curry rice, the onions that you see in the pictures come from the tomato onion gravy that I used. If you use a gravy without onions and wish to have onions in your curry rice, you can fry the onions before you add rice and cook them along with the rice.
So let us see how to make this delicious curry rice following my one pot Indian curry rice recipe.
Indian Curry Rice Recipe Using Leftover Curry
- 1 cup white basmati rice
- ½ cup tomato onion curry gravy (use any curry or gravy as you like)
- 2 cups water
- 1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste or use freshly crushed ginger and garlic
- ½ teaspoon turmeric powder optional
- 2 teaspoons curry powder
- 1 teaspoon garam masala powder
- salt as needed
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
- 1 string curry leaves a few optional
- 5 dry red chilies
- 1 teaspoon chana dal (optional)
- 1 tablespoon cashew nuts (add more if you like)
- Wash the rice and keep soaked in water for about 120 to 30 minutes.
- After soaking, drain the water and lightly rinse the rice and keep it aside.
- Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds.
- After the mustard seeds splutter, add the cumin seeds and fry for few seconds. It is important that you wait until the mustard seeds are spluttered, as mustard seeds will have a slight bitter taste otherwise. You may also skip mustard seeds and just use cumin seeds if that is what you prefer.
- Add the chana dal and cashews and lightly fry them in the oil.Add red chilies and curry leaves and fry for few seconds.
- Add the rice and mix well, saute for about a minute.
- Add the salt and ginger garlic paste, mix well and saute for another 1 minute.
- Add the curry gravy to the rice, mix well and saute for 1 to 2 minutes, keep in low heat and stir in between to avoid burning at the bottom of the pan.
- Add the spices - turmeric powder, curry powder and garam masala powder to the rice curry mix, and stir everything well and saute for 1 more minute.
- Add the water, mix everything well and keep in high heat so the mixture will start to boil soon.
- As soon as the mixture starts boiling, reduce the heat to very low heat and keep the pan closed and cook for 10 to 12 minutes or until water is all absorbed and rice is cooked. Now your curry rice is ready to be served!
Hope you found this South Indian curry rice recipe helpful!