Easy Riz Cantonais (Cantonese rice)

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Today I’m bringing you a very popular Malagasy (Madagascar) dish called Riz Cantonais or Cantonese rice.  Riz Cantonais is a Chinese-style fried rice recipe that’s super easy to make and does not require soy sauce; you use curry powder instead. This recipe is perfect if you have any dietary restrictions because it is so versatile, and can become vegan, gluten-free, or low carb with simple modifications.

Asian migrants brought the recipe to  Madagascar a long time ago, and it has now become a popular holiday meal in the Big Island’s capital. Riz Cantonais is especially popular on Easter.

A picture of riz cantonais: curried fried rice with carrots, peas, sausages, and eggs

Easter is a major holiday celebration in Madagascar. We celebrate Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. No one works on Easter Monday, so families will usually go out on a picnic or attend a concert. 

Many people make riz Cantonais on Easter as a picnic dish because it is easy to make, affordable, and does not quickly spoil if left outside for a long time.  

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Ingredients for Riz Cantonais

  • Cooked cold rice:  Basmati rice is the better option for this recipe because they are not sticky when cooked and separates very well when fried. But you can also use Jasmine rice 
  • Chinese sausage or ham: cubed. You can substitute the Chinese sausage with ham if you don’t have it in hand. But do not use regular sausage because they are not the same. 
  • Eggs: The eggs are fried separately in this recipe.
  • Carrots and peas: You can use frozen carrots and peas
  • Onions: The onions are finely chopped and caramelized to add flavor to the rice. 
  • Garlic: The garlic is fried with the onions to boost the aroma and the dish’s flavor. 
  • Curry powder: To add color, aroma, and extra flavor to the dish. 
  • Green onions: The green onions are added at the end of the cooking time to add more colors and spiciness to the dish. 
  • Salt and black pepper: To taste. 
  • Vegetable oil and butter: They are used for frying and also to give flavor to the rice.
 
 Remove the meat and use vegetable butter if you want this recipe to be vegan. Or use gluten-free rice to make this recipe gluten-free. And brown rice for low carb.

How to prepare the riz Cantonais:

1- Heat a large nonstick pan or a wok over medium-high heat. Then add cubed sausage. Sauté for a few minutes until they are turning a little brown. Now, remove the cooked sausage from the pan and set it aside. Do not throw away all the oil from the sausage. Leave a tiny bit to fry the eggs.

 
2- Using the same pan, add beaten eggs and shake the pan but do not stir. When the eggs are turning into an omelet, flip it once with a spatula or a fork. Cook for about 1 minute, then remove from the pan. Transfer the eggs to a cutting board, then slice them finely. Set aside.


3- Next, add 1/2 Tbsp of oil and 1 Tbsp of butter to the pan. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add curry powder and sauté for about 2 minutes. Now, raise the heat back to medium-high heat, then add chopped onions and garlic. Sauté for about 2 minutes until onions are translucent. After that, add carrots and peas. Stir and cook for 3-4 minutes.


4- Return cooked sausages and sliced eggs to the veggie mixtures. Then add cold cooked rice 1 cup at a time so it will be easy to mix. Combine well.

 
5- Turn off the heat, then add chopped green onions and season with salt and pepper according to your taste. Let sit for about 5 minutes, then serve.

 

Mazotoa homana! -Enjoy!

Riz cantonais in a white bowl

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A picture of riz cantonais: curried fried rice with carrots, peas, sausages, and eggs

Easy Riz Cantonais (Cantonese Rice) Recipe

Colette Z
Riz Cantonais is a Chinese-style fried rice recipe that's super easy to make and does not require soy sauce; you use curry powder instead. This recipe is perfect if you have any dietary restrictions because it is so versatile, and can become vegan, gluten-free, or low carb with simple modifications.
Asian migrants brought the recipe to  Madagascar a long time ago, and it has now become a popular holiday meal in the Big Island's capital. Riz Cantonais is especially popular on Easter.
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dinner., Holiday meals, Lunch
Cuisine African, Chinese
Servings 8 People

Ingredients
  

  • 2-3 Cups Cooked rice Cold
  • 4 Links Chinese style sausages Cubed. Can be substituted with ham
  • 1 Cup Peas and carrots You can use fresh or frozen
  • 2 Eggs Large. Beaten
  • 1/2 Cup Onion Chopped
  • 1/2 Tbsp Garlic Minced
  • 1 Tbsp Curry powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp Butter
  • 1/3 Cup Green onion Chopped
  • Salt and pepper To taste

Instructions
 

  • 1- Heat a large nonstick pan or a wok over medium-high heat. Then add cubed sausage. Sauté for a few minutes until they are turning a little brown. Now, remove the cooked sausage from the pan and set it aside. Do not throw away all the oil from the sausage. Leave a tiny bit to fry the eggs.
    2- Using the same pan, add beaten eggs and shake the pan but do not stir. When the eggs are turning into an omelet, flip it once with a spatula or a fork. Cook for about 1 minute, then remove from the pan. Transfer the eggs to a cutting board, then slice them finely. Set aside.
    3- Next, add 1/2 Tbsp of oil and 1 Tbsp of butter to the pan. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add curry powder and sauté for about 2 minutes. Now, raise the heat back to medium-high heat, then add chopped onions and garlic. Sauté for about 2 minutes until onions are translucent. After that, add carrots and peas. Stir and cook for 3-4 minutes.
    4- Return cooked sausages and sliced eggs to the veggie mixtures. Then add cold cooked rice 1 cup at a time so it will be easy to mix. Combine well.
    5- Turn off the heat, then add chopped green onions and season with salt and pepper according to your taste. Let sit for about 5 minutes, then serve.
    Mazotoa homana! -Enjoy!

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Notes

Remove the meat and use vegetable butter if you want this recipe to be vegan. Or use gluten-free rice to make this recipe gluten-free. And brown rice for low carb.
Keyword African fried rice, Cantonese rice, Fried rice recipe, Riz Cantonais
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Kimberlie

I cannot wait to try this recipe. It looks so vibrant, fresh and healthy.

Becky Ward

5 stars
This looks so tasty – i cant wait to try it!!

Abhi

5 stars
I would definitely try this but with some little twists😊

Jules

5 stars
This looks like a hearty dish!! I also love the history behind this dish. Looks flavorful and delicious. Definitely will try to make this

5 stars
My family would love this fried rice. We always make it with soy sauce, so that would be a great alternative.

Gina Abernathy

5 stars
My family loves fried rice. I will certainly try this recipe. Thanks!

Alyssa Hixenbaugh

5 stars
This rice dish sounds so inviting! I love that it has eggs and curry powder in it. I’m sure it’s flavorful and filling.

Gregory Halpen

5 stars
OH! I love Cantonese food. This looks so delicious. A definite addition to my list of things to make!

Gregory Halpen

5 stars
I love Cantonese food! This looks absolutely delicious. I want this today!

Susanne

Oh wow! This post brings back so many memories of my trip to Madagascar (Tana, Antsiranana & Sakalava Bay) last year. I totally forgot about Malagasy cuisine… Will definitely be trying out a vegetarian variant of this dish sometime very soon! Thanks also for sparking those joyful memories! It was an unforgettable trip, to say the least. Love, Susanne

Arica

I love fried rice. This recipe looks delicious!

Freya Erickson

Oh my gosh, this looks so delicious!!! I love anything with rice!

Susan

This looks delicious! I am definitely going to try it soon!

Giangi Townsend

Super delicious and cannot wait to make it for my family. I happen to have all the ingredients home.
Thank you for sharing.

Ghanashyam K

5 stars
This looks really good! Will definitely be trying it soon!

Scout

Mmmmm. This looks like a yummy spin on fried rice! I like how curry powder is used instead of soy sauce 🙂 I also love reading about the origins of foods. Thank you. I’ll be trying this for Easter – or maybe even sooner!

svetlana sidlinskaya

This looks great can’t wait to try it out!

Sarah

This dish looks so good! I love that it has lots of vegetables in – and sausage! My daughter loves sausages so I’m going to make this.

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