Quick and Easy Indian-Style Fish and Turnip Rice

Quick and Easy Indian-Style Fish and Turnip Rice
Chef Brainy
What Started it all:
canned fish (tuna, sardines), Turnip, rice, frying pan

Looking for a delicious and simple meal that packs a punch of flavor? This Indian-inspired dish combines canned fish, turnip, and rice for a delightful and satisfying meal that can be whipped up in no time!


  • 2 cans of fish (tuna or sardines)
  • 1 medium turnip, peeled and diced
  • 2 cups of rice (Basmati or your preferred type)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, minced
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder (adjust to taste)
  • 1 cup water
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped (optional, for garnish)


  1. Cook the rice according to package instructions and set aside.
  2. In a large frying pan, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat.
  3. Add mustard seeds and cumin seeds to the hot oil. Let them sizzle for about 30 seconds until they start to pop.
  4. Add the chopped onion to the pan. Sauté until the onions turn golden brown. Stir in the minced garlic and ginger, and cook for an additional minute.
  5. Add the diced turnip to the pan. Sprinkle with turmeric powder, garam masala, and chili powder. Stir well to coat the turnip with the spices. Pour in 1 cup of water, cover the pan, and let the turnip cook for about 10-12 minutes, or until tender.
  6. Drain the canned fish and add it to the pan. Gently break the fish into chunks with a spatula and mix it with the turnip and spices. Cook for another 3-4 minutes until heated through.
  7. Add the cooked rice to the pan, mixing thoroughly to combine all ingredients. Season with salt to taste.
  8. Top with freshly chopped cilantro, if desired. Serve hot and enjoy!

And there you have it! A quick and easy Indian-style fish and turnip rice dish that's perfect for a weeknight dinner. It's full of flavor, nutritious, and sure to be a hit with the whole family. Enjoy!

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