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Vanilla Infused Fried Rice

Vanilla Infused Fried Rice with Kale and Peppers @RunninSrilankan

Last Month, I posted a recipe for Honey- Lemon Chicken with Wasabi-Avocado Cream Sauce & Vanilla Infused Rice.

This month, The Recipe Redux challenged it’s members to “ReDux the leftovers” of an existing dish (already on our blogs) resulting in a “Two for One” recipe. Or, come up with a new recipe and demonstrate how it can be made into a second meal.

And, just about every week of every month, we do leftovers in our house. Sometimes, the leftovers are just heated up and eaten for a couple of days, like in this Lentil & Spinach Stew. And, sometimes, the leftovers are changed up entirely – resulting in something totally different, like in this recipe today.

Peppers and eggs

I often make a huge batch of vanilla infused rice – to be eaten as a side. But, when the main dish I made to eat it with is done, I rescue some of that vanilla infused rice from my daughter (who loves to eat it plain with tomato paste) and turn it into fried rice. With some peppers, kale and beans thrown in – it becomes a quick and easy, one skillet meal.

Peppers and eggs and kale

Now, you might be skeptical about the whole vanilla infusion thing with eggs and all – don’t worry, so was I at first. This recipe came about because, one day when my daughter asked me for fried rice, I was just too lazy to whip up a fresh batch of rice to make fried rice with. As I had some vanilla infused rice on hand, I used that – the resulting dish was not overly scented with vanilla – in fact, you could hardly say it was in there. But yet, it was different to the fried rice recipes I have come up with with plain rice. Just like the subtle flavor vanilla lends to a chocolate cake, it didn’t overpower this recipe – just subtly enhanced the flavor of it. I used peppers, kale and beans in this recipe, but I am thinking, you could use any combination of veggies you prefer – the result will still be a delicious and easy, one skillet meal!

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Vanilla Infused Fried Rice with Peppers and Kale @RunninSrilankan


Vanilla Infused Fried Rice

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Author: Shashi


  • 1 red onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 red pepper chopped
  • 1 yellow pepper chopped
  • 1 orange pepper chopped
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon Tamari sauce
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 cups kale
  • 1/2 cup cannellini beans
  • 2 cups Vanilla Infused Rice
  • Olive Oil


  • Add olive oil to coat the bottom of a frying pan or wok
  • Add the onion and garlic and saute about 15 minutes, stirring constantly
  • Add the peppers and saute another 5 minutes, make a well in the middle of the peppers
  • And, add the eggs and stir till cooked through
  • Add the Vanilla Infused Rice and Tamari and paprika and stir till mixed through
  • Add the kale and cannellini beans and let cook for about 5 more minutes, stirring frequently
  • Serve warm
  • **Nuts would make a wonderful topping**
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  1. That’s such a fun challenge Shashi! And vanilla, now that’s not something that you often see with fried rice but I don’t see why not! 😀

  2. Bright and vibrant with loads of flavour and colour. I like how you used lots of veggies and just a little bit of rice. Gorgeous photos and sharing everywhere, of course!

  3. Shashi, I need a Shashi board on pinterest- You’re recipes are so creative and amazing. My sister will not shut up about making all your beet recipes!

  4. whiskandshout says:

    What a cool idea! I love the ratio of veggies to rice, lots of healthy goodies in here 🙂

  5. This is such a gorgeous and creative dish! Love the vanilla infused rice!

  6. I love the sound of vanilla infused rice in fried rice – you and I had the same idea for this month’s challenge ;).

  7. I used to hate leftovers but have not learned to embrace it. And I like all kinds of fried rice 🙂

  8. Vanilla? Fried rice? This combo sounds awesomely weird Shashi…I’m so intrigued, I need to try this asap!

  9. Ashley says:

    Ooooo I love this recipe Shashi!! I am a fried rice junkie and with the vanilla infused rice … this will be happening soon!!

  10. hotlyspiced says:

    I’ve never had vanilla infused rice unless it was in a rice pudding! I’d love to try this. And I do love a one-pan meal – so much less washing up. Your dinner looks very colourful xx

  11. You’re vanilla infused rice is still so awesome! I love that you made it “savory” here!

  12. Kim says:

    We love fried rice. Now we will have to try vanilla infused rice!

  13. Wow, this is so creative!! I’ve had coconut in fried rice but vanilla has never even crossed my mind. Looks delicious!

  14. I have been really into fried rice lately and love how easy it is to make at home! Your recipe with that incredible rice sounds amazing!

    • Shashi says:

      Thank you Alanna – Ilove friedrice sometimes as it’s not only easy but quick too – provided you have some leftover rice lying around.

  15. Sonali- The Foodie Physician says:

    This is such a delicious repurposing of that scrumptious sounding rice! I bet you could so many wonderful things with it!

  16. Kelly says:

    I love the colors of this fried rice! I’ve been meaning to try your vanilla infused rice and using it for this fried rice is so creative! It looks beautiful!

    • Shashi says:

      Thanks so much Kelly – I love a colorful plate – besides,when there are more colors on there, my daughter doesn’t pay too much attention to the kale! 🙂

  17. What a great idea for a one skillet meal, Shashi! I have never tried vanilla infused rice (only in rice pudding, LOL) and I an utterly intrigued. I must try this dish soon as I have been truly missing out! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week ahead, my friend! xo

    • Shashi says:

      Thank you so much sweet friend! Hope you have a wonderful week too – now I wish I had some vanilla rice to make some rice pudding with… 🙂

  18. I have to confess that I’ve never made fried rice!

  19. Farrah says:

    What a unique idea! :O I never would’ve thought to put vanilla + rice together–I’m definitely gonna have to try that out! I love all the pretty colors! :]!

  20. cottercrunch says:

    girlfriend…. you amaze me. that color, that dish, that flavor. Well done well done!

  21. spicedblog says:

    Vanilla infused rice, eh? I’m intrigued! I must admit that I’ve never combined vanilla with rice…but I do love fried rice. I think I need to give this vanilla-fied version a shot! It looks delicious, Shashi!!

  22. chrisscheuer says:

    Wow, so pretty and sounds amazing. I wouldn’t have paired vanilla with the other ingredients but it sounds intriguing!

  23. I always think I’ve seen it all on your blog, Shashi (in a good way of course!) but then you come up with another super creative idea. Rice and vanilla? Now that’s a new one to me, but it sounds great!

  24. Angie@Angie's Recipes says:

    I have never had vanilla in fried interesting! And wow…I love how colourful and beautiful this looks.

  25. I have never had vanilla in a savory dish at least to my knowledge. This sounds really delicious. I am not the most adventurous cook but do use spices etc that are primarily used in sweet recipes in savory dishes so vanilla sounds like the next one I will try. Vanilla infused rice sounds wonderful.

  26. Joanne says:

    Ooo I’m so intrigued by the vanilla! And I really need to start making enough rice for leftovers so I can make fried rice the next day. So good!

  27. Vanilla? Fried Rice?? My mouth is hanging open while I’m thinking, “I MUST try this!”