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I have some left over boiled Basmati Rice in the fridge and I was wondering if anyone has ever used it to make Chinese Fried Rice given that the recipes generally call for Jasmin rice? Does it have huge flavor differences or should it be ok given that other Asian flavors like Soy sauce and sesame oil add flavor to the dish?

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Absolutely you can! It's a popular choice with Chinese and Indian flavor profiles. You can just treat it exactly like you would any other leftover rice. It's a lovely ingredient to work with. The nutty Basmati flavor works beautifully however you choose to season fried rice.


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Thanks was just a bit confused coz I thought that Jasmine rice is more suited to Asian cooking and Basmati to Indian and whether its because of their textures and flavors –  Divi Jul 1 at 6:29
@Divi Indian food is Asian food. –  David Richerby Jul 1 at 7:40
Why does "other parts" of Asia all get lumped together? They're all quite different =.= –  setek Jul 1 at 8:59
I think this is one of those UK/US English things: in US English, "Asian" usually means "East Asian" (Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, etc), in UK English, "Asian" usually means "South Asian" (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh etc). –  user568458 Jul 1 at 9:02
@Jolenealaska: It turned out very nice, no problems with the Basmati rice. Can't say it was exactly like a take away but as far as the rice goes, I didn't find any problems. –  Divi Jul 2 at 0:41
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You definitely can with bashmati rice but jasmine rice is preferred because it relatively smaller and gives out an aroma which suits fried rice. Bashmati rice aroma varies with the quality that you buy from the market. At the same time the greater length of the bashmati makes it stick less compared to that of jasmine rice.

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I find the aroma of Basmati superior to Jasmine for fried rice, I also like the larger grains. The protein difference makes Basmati less sticky. All in all, I disagree with the assertion that Jasmine is generally preferred for fried rice, but it's certainly a matter of personal preference. –  Jolenealaska Jul 2 at 7:58
@Jolenealaska: Yes you are correct to say it's about personal preference. However, fried rice is a popular or trademark dish of South-East Asia esp. Thailand and commonly grown staple there is jasmine rice and therefore it has been used for making fried rice for ages. –  John Reese Jul 2 at 16:01
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