Quick Leftover Rice Recipes

August 28, 2014 leftover rice recipes @TheRoyaleIndia 927 0 0

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So you had a housewarming party last night and are left with lot of plain rice which you do not want to waste by throwing in the dustbin but don’t have a clue what to do with it either? Fear not, as we bring you quick and simple rice dishes which are tasty as well as help in not wasting the leftover rice.

We start with basic South Indian Curd Rice also known as Thair Saadam. Generally had as a summer dish, the simple flavors of the curd rice paired with tangy lime pickle and poppadum is an ideal summer meal. Both the rice and curd give a cooling effect on the body.

curd rice @TheRoyaleIndia

What do we need to make curd rice?

2 cups of plain cooked rice

1 cup plain curd

½ tea spoon ginger paste

1 finely chopped green chili

1 table spoon finely chopped coriander

½ tea spoon roughly cracked black peppercorn

salt to taste

2 table spoon oil

2 whole dry red chilies

1 teaspoon mustard seeds

1 teaspoon urad dal

1 teaspoon chana dal

7-8 fresh curry leaves

How do we make the curd rice?

In a bowl beat together the curd, boiled rice, salt, pepper, green chillies, ginger and coriander and keep aside. Heat the oil in a frying pan and add the red whole chilies till they start to change color. Add in the mustard to the frying pan and as they start to crackle, add in both the dals and fry till they start changing the color to golden brown. Add in the curry leaves and let the mixture temper together for a minute or two. Once, the mixture splutters, pour it over the curd rice mixture and mix well. Garnish with coriander leaves before serving.

Serve with fried poppadum and tangy lemon pickle.

Every Maharashtrian woman is embedded with the skill of making the best use of the leftover rice of the previous day by cooking the ‘Phodnicha Bhaat’ with it on the next day. The spicy garlicky aroma of the rice is a regular dish of a typical Maharashtrian household.

The rice is quite easy to make with barely any ingredients added to the left over rice, yet it gives a completely different flavor, taste and color to it and can be served for lunch, dinner or even as a quick snack. ‘Phodnicha Bhaat’ is in fact a perfect lunch box recipe for those hurried working day mornings.

phodnicha bhaat @TheRoyaleIndia

What do we need to make the ‘Phodnicha Bhaat’?

2 cups of plain boiled rice

1 onion finely chopped

2-3 green chilies finely chopped

7-8 fresh curry leaves

¼ teaspoon hing

½ tea spoon turmeric powder

½ tea spoon mustard seeds

½ tea spoon cumin seeds

1 tea spoon lemon juice

2-3 whole garlic cloves roughly crushed

1 tea spoon coriander finely chopped

2 table spoons oil

salt to taste

How do we make the ‘Phodnicha Bhaat’?

Heat oil on a low flame in a vessel, add in the mustard seeds and wait till they start crackling. Once the crackling starts add in the cumin, hing, curry leaves, garlic cloves and green chilies and give it a quick stir before adding in the chopped onion. Once the onion turns translucent add in the salt and turmeric powder and mix thoroughly. Add in the boiled rice and mix well. Cover the rice and heat it for 2 minutes. Lastly top the rice with lemon juice and sprinkle the chopped coriander over the rice.

Serve it hot accompanied by cool cucumber and curd raita or butter milk.

Moving ahead, we did not want to disappoint our readers who have a taste for non-vegetarian food. Hence, we bring in ‘Mushrooms and Sausage Rice’. It is refreshing non vegetarian rice which can be compared to the Italian Risotto.

mushroom sausage rice @TheRoyaleIndia

What do we need for ‘Mushrooms and Sausage Rice’?

2-3 chicken or pork sausages chopped into thick pieces

1 green Capsicum diced

7-8 Mushrooms cleaned and sliced

1 onion chopped

2 tea spoons garlic paste

1 cup chicken stock

2 cups boiled rice

1 tea spoon salt

½ tea spoon pepper powder

2 table spoons oil

Chopped coriander to garnish

How do we make the ‘Mushrooms and Sausage Rice’?

Heat the oil in a vessel and fry the sausages in it till they are golden brown. Remove the sausages from the vessel and keep aside. Add in the garlic paste, capsicum, mushrooms, onion, salt and pepper to the vessel and stir together frying the ingredients for a minute or two. Add in the chicken broth and let it boil for 2 minutes. Put back the fried sausages to the vessel and add in the boiled rice. Mix it well and keep the rice warm on a low flame. Garnish the rice with chopped coriander.

These are few of the easy recipes which can turn the left over rice to a dish which can be savored as a new dish the next day.

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