7 quick recipes using leftover food

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After an incredible meal comes partial leftovers. Stashed in the fridge to the next two days or so, these are sometimes painstakingly microwaved and consumed and more often than not land up in our dustbin. Many people still believe it’s unhealthy to consume leftovers and do not prefer to eat meals prepared during the day at night.

While food wastage isn’t a criminal offence (until now, though we wish it were), there are some great ways to recreate interesting recipes from leftover food that’ll do you and the environment good. Here they are

Idli to Masala Idli

While you can relish on the regular idli and its chutney accompaniment for today’s breakfast, it’s great to cook a little extra which can come in handy tomorrow. This not only tastes good but saves a ton of time too.


How to make it: Cut leftover idlis into small pieces. Add 2tbsp oil in a pan and add curry leaves, mustard seeds, and asafetida. When the mustard crackles, add ½ tsp. turmeric powder to the oil followed by one chopped onion, tomato, and capsicum. Once the veggies are soft, toss in the idli pieces. Fry until golden brown and top it with chopped coriander. This idli can give your sambhar a run for its money

The versatile veggie cutlet from any leftover curry

Curries are the most common leftovers that we don’t want to reuse. Add bread crumbs, onion, a little bit of spices as per your taste and a couple of cheese slices to leftover vegetable curry and knead to a smooth dough. Deep fry this dough in oil or shallow fry in a pan. Dust with semolina for the added crisp factor.


Leftover roti to paratha stuffing

Leftover rotis are quite a pain to consume after reheating. Instead, heat the rotis on a tava to make it slightly crisp and then run it with a mixer to make a fine powder. Mix pickle masala, salt, pepper powder, chili powder, amchur powder and chat masala. Use this as a stuffing in a regular paratha

Leftover rice to instant dosa

Add equal quantities of rice flour to leftover rice. Add half the quantity of wheat flour (2 cups rice = 1 cup wheat flour). Add onions, tomatoes, green chilli and 100 ml curd and blend it to a smooth paste in a mixer. Heat the dosa pan with oil and prepare just like regular dosa


Leftover dal to Dal-pooris

If you have leftover dal from the previous day, heat it in a pan while stirring continuously until the water content evaporates and you are left only with the solid dal paste. Let this cool and dry out a bit.


Knead a dough of whole wheat flour and roll out a big round poori. Add the dal stuffing to center and re-fold the poori into a dough and roll it flat again. Deep fry it in oil and serve hot

Leftover bread to gulab jamuns

This is a great recipe that gives a twist to a traditional sweet dish. Make the sugar syrup in the regular manner by heating sugar with water until the sugar dissolves and the liquid gets a sticky consistency.


Soak bread slices in milk and squeeze out the excess. Add milk powder to this and blend it into a smooth paste. Add cooking soda, mix well and roll into small balls softly without pressing. Deep fry the balls and add it to the sugar syrup. Leave aside for two hours to allow the balls to absorb the syrup. Gulab jamuns are ready.

Overripe fruits to fruit halwa

Peel overripe fruits (like bananas). Heat ghee in a pan and add the finely sliced fruits to it. Sauté until the fruits are mashed. Add sugar and water and cook until the mixture thickens. Add cardamom powder. Refrigerate and serve chilled.

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