THAI PINEAPPLE FRIED RICE RECIPE (VEGAN)

This Thai pineapple fried rice is one of my favorite recipes for busy days! It’s super easy to make, healthy, and so yummy. Plus, it’s SO colorful! Eating this pineapple rice will be like taking a trip to Thailand!

Ingredients:
  1. 1 cup Basmati rice (equals 3 cups cooked rice)
  2. 1 onion, chopped
  3. 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  4. 1 tablespoon oil
  5. 2 carrots, cut into thin sticks
  6. 1/2 red bell pepper, cut into thin sticks
  7. 1/2 cup frozen peas
  8. 1/2 cup cashews
  9. 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  10. 1 tablespoon curry powder
  11. 1 cup pineapple, cut into small pieces
  12. 2 green onions, cut into rings
  13. salt, to taste
  14. black pepper, to taste
  15. red pepper flakes (optional)
  16. fresh cilantro (optional)

Instructions:
  1. I like the Thai pineapple fried rice best with left-over rice from the day before. So cook the rice according to the instructions on the package and store it in an air-tight container in the fridge until you use it. Cook the frozen peas for about 7 minutes.
  2. In a large pan, heat the oil and sauté the onion for about 3 minutes. Then add the garlic, the carrots, and the bell pepper. Cook for 3 minutes.
  3. Then stir in the cooked rice and season with the curry powder and the soy sauce. Next, add the pineapple, the peas, the green onion, and the cashews. Season with salt, black pepper, and if using red pepper flakes. Stir until well combined. Serve with fresh cilantro. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes:
  1. This Thai fried pineapple rice is best when you use left-over rice from the day before. Unlike freshly cooked rice, chilled leftover rice doesn't clump together or become mushy when being fried. 
  2. Make sure the pineapple you use for this recipe is ripe. Check out this article that tells your more about how to find out if a pineapple is ripe.