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5 Delicious Ways to Use Up Leftover Rice

Leftovers can often get wasted instead of being used in tasty dishes. You can cook so many dishes with leftover rice, vegetables, bread, dips, etc. Get some storage containers to store rice or any other leftover ingredients. Most of the time, leftovers get wasted because it was not stored properly.

As a staple food grain, rice always makes for easy, inexpensive, and healthy meals. You can make delicious recipes with rice like fried rice, risotto, lemon rice, paella, etc. Use brown basmati rice for these recipes. Check the Daawat website for brown rice recipes.

Looking for some delicious recipe ideas to make with leftover rice? Check out these recipes:

Fried Rice

You can use leftover brown basmati rice for this recipe. Chop onions, broccoli, zucchini, cherry tomatoes. In a hot wok, sauté some star anise, bay leaf in sesame oil. Add the veggies and cook until tender. Add the rice and cook for 10 minutes. Add a sprinkle of soy sauce, lemon juice, and sriracha sauce. Finish with chopped spring onions and cashew nuts. Serve hot with a side of stir-fried veggies in chili garlic sauce. This summer fried rice can be stored in an airtight container.

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Lemongrass & Coconut Rice

This fragrant brown rice recipe is delicious and tasty. Start with blanching leftover basmati rice in coconut milk. Add some lemongrass, kaffir lime and galangal while blanching the rice.  In a separate pan, add mustard seeds, asafoetida, chana dal, and curry leaves and temper the spices until fragrant. Add some peanuts and roast until golden. Once the rice is cooked, add the rice and coat well in the spices. Finish with some toasted coconut flakes. This delicious preparation can be served with pudina chutney.

Tamarind Rice

This delicious dish is cooked with an authentic mix of spices, tamarind, and ginger. To make the tamarind pulp, soak the pods in hot water. Once soaked, squeeze out the pulp to make a thick pulp. Sauté some coriander seeds, mustard seeds, urad daal, chana daal, curry leaves, and peanuts. Add asafoetida and the tamarind pulp. Add a teaspoon of jaggery and cook for 10 minutes. When the mix thickens, add the leftover basmati rice and stir well. Serve hot with mint curd.

Leftover Rice Cutlets

Start with mixing one cup of leftover rice with mashed potatoes, chives, dill, salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin powder. Make a batter with chickpea flour. Form little round balls with the rice mix. Coat in the gram batter and shallow fry for 2 minutes on both sides. Serve with a side of ketchup and mayonnaise.

Lemon Rice

This tangy, sweet and sour recipe tastes delicious accompanied by coconut chutney and papad. Sauté some peanuts in sesame oil until golden and crunchy. Add a handful of cashew nuts, mustard seeds, chana dal, mustard seeds, asafoetida, and turmeric powder. When the spices turn aromatic, add the leftover rice. Add freshly squeezed juice of 2 lemons and some zest.

You can serve these delicious rice recipes with a side of flatbreads and chutneys.

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