Thai Pineapple Curry Fried Rice

I think I’m going to be on a curry / Buddha bowl / one-bowl-meal recipe kick for awhile. I finished watching the anime Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma recently and I am determined to recreate some of the recipes from the show as best I can (apple risotto! Whaaaat!). As I Google search for recipes to adapt I’ve stumbled across a ton of Buddha bowl and curry recipes that I am drooling over. 

My first attempt at a Food-Wars-inspired curry dish is an adaptation of the Thai Pineapple Fried Rice from The original recipe isn’t vegan or WFPB so I’ve cut out a lot and changed some things. The first time I made it I added too much curry and extra turmeric so it came out pretty hot (edible, but a bit on the spicy-hot side for me). I don’t recommend adding any extra curry powder, and maybe leaving the red chili / jalapeno out entirely, if you don’t want this to be a spicy dish. Otherwise, very yummy!


Servings: 2 very large bowls, plenty for 2 adults if this is all you’re eating in the meal

  • about 3 cups day-old rice (though you can use freshly cooked rice, day-old is better)
  • 2 shallots, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red chili (I substituted a tablespoon of jalapeno)
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 tbs. vegetable broth (Pacific low-sodium is what I use)
  • 3 tbs. soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 tbs. curry powder
  • 1 cup pineapple bits or chunks
  • ¼ cup frozen peas, defrosted
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • Optional additions: ½ cup chopped roasted or raw cashews (soak for about an hour before baking), ¼ cup golden raisins, 1-2 tbs. of seaweed flakes


Preheat a large skillet to medium-high heat.

Stir-fry the shallots, garlic, chili (or jalapeno), and bell pepper for a minute or two. Add a tablespoon of water at a time as needed to keep the vegetables from sticking or burning.


Add the vegetable broth, soy sauce, and curry. Stir-fry another 2-4 minutes until fragrant and vegetables are heated through.


Add any other additions at this point (cashews, raisins, etc.), mix, then mix in the rice. Add the pineapple and peas and mix everything together. 


Garnish with the cilantro and green onions then serve! 


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