Top 10 rice recipes anyone can make in 30 mins. Rice is a staple grain in most Indian homes. Apart from enjoying cooked rice with dal, curry or sambar, it is also used regularly to make various dishes like idli, dosa, uttapam, upma, payasam and various other snacks.
Here is a collection of 10 quick and easy Indian rice dishes that you can make under 30 minutes. Some of these also go well in the lunch box. All of these are from Indian cuisine, some traditional and some fancy. These can be served alone without any side dish except for Jeera rice. They can also be served with papad, pickle or curd.
All the 10 veg rice recipes are the basic ones and are vegetarian. For the recipes using egg and non-veg you can follow the collection posts mentioned below.
Collection of top 10 rice recipes with videos
Lemon rice is an everyday rice recipes from South Indian cuisine. It is the simplest and flavorful dish that can be made under 10 minutes if you have the cooked rice ready. It can be enjoyed alone or with papad, pickle or curd. A variation to this is the lemon mint rice. A similar recipe is this mango rice. Another similar dish is Coconut rice. It is made using fresh grated coconut and seasoned similar to the lemon rice. There are also other versions of this and is known as coconut milk rice or pulao made using extracted coconut milk.
Dal Khichdi is a dish made of rice and lentils. The basic version is made with just rice and lentils. It can also be spiced or made with basic spices and vegetables. It is served with pickle and papad. A similar south Indian version is this bisi bele bath a popular Karnataka rice bath. It is a traditional dish prepared with lentils, rice and spice powder. It is also very popular in MTR and other tiffin centres of Karnataka. Halve the recipe to make 2 servings under 30 minutes. A variation of this is sambar sadam from the Tamil cuisine.
Jeera rice is another common rice dish prepared with cumin or jeera and other basic spices. It is served with a good veg or non-veg gravy or curry. A similar south Indian version is this Ghee rice. It is mostly popular among the non-vegetarians and is served with an egg or meat curry or basic kurma. You can also find a variation of this, – Fish ghee rice. For a simple meal you can pair this with a veg kurma, chicken kurma or egg kurma.
Veg Pulao – Pulao is another simple one pot recipe that is prepared with pulao / pulav spices. There are so many ways this is prepared and the most basic one is made using mixed veggies and spices. You can also find a collection of pulao recipes here including chicken and egg pulao.
Sweet pongal or chakkara pongali is a naivedyam food, mainly made to offer to Goddess during festivals and puja. It is also prepared during festival Pongal/ Sankranti in south India which is celebrated as the harvest festival. There are a few variations of this using milk like this chakkara pongali and this bellam pongali.
Ven pongal or khara Pongal is a savoury version of the Pongal. It is another naivedyam food and is also prepared often in many south Indian homes for breakfast or a meal. It is served with chutney or sambar or Pongal gotsu. The same way even millet Pongal, aval Pongal can be prepared.
Rice payasam or paramannam is a basic sweet rice made with milk, rice and jaggery. Though the traditional version is made with jaggery, it can also be made using sugar. Towards the north, it is called as chawal ki kheer or rice kheer and is prepared mainly using sugar and sometimes with cooked rice. You can find the recipe of rice kheer here
Indo Chinese fried rice. Though not from traditional Indian cuisine, this is one of the most loved by Indians. So I have included here. You can also check these 16 varieties of fried rice including chicken and egg.