Fried Rice with Shallots

The Burmese make a simple breakfast dish by stir-frying leftover rice with crispy fried shallots, sweet peas and earthy turmeric. To make the dish more substantial, author Naomi Duguid likes to top the rice with fried eggs.

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  • Servings: 4

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  • 3 tablespoons peanut oil, plus more for frying
  • 3 shallots, thinly sliced (3/4 cup)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 4 1/2 cups cold cooked jasmine rice (see Note)
  • Salt
  • 1 cup frozen petite peas, thawed
  • Lime wedges, for serving

How to make this recipe

  1. In a small skillet, heat 1/4 inch of peanut oil until shimmering. Add 1/4 cup of the sliced shallots and fry over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and crisp, about 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the fried shallots to paper towels to drain.

  2. In a wok or large skillet, heat the 3 tablespoons of oil until shimmering. Add the turmeric and the remaining 1/2 cup of shallots and stir-fry over moderately high heat until the shallots are softened, about 5 minutes. Add the rice and 1 teaspoon of salt and stir-fry over high heat for 1 minute. Add the peas and stir-fry until the rice and peas are hot, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the fried shallots and season with salt. Transfer the rice to a bowl and serve with lime wedges.


If you don’t have leftover rice on hand, you’ll need to cook 1 1/2 cups of rice.

Contributed By Photo Photograph by Richard Jung - Recipe Excerpted from Burma: Rivers of Flavor by Naomi Duguid (Artisan Books). Copyright 2012. Published October 2012

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