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 Clever ways to use your Left Over Food

  Last Updated : Jul 28,2018






Left over recipes for the Indian Kitchen

Are you creative with your leftovers for the Indian kitchen? It is quite a challenge to recycle them in a way that your family does not figure out that they were served the same thing for the previous meal, or two meals ago!

How often have you opened the fridge to find leftovers sitting there staring up at you! Yes, of course, you can simply eat the same thing for the next meal, but that's no fun, really, is it?

When it comes to food, we've all been encouraged not to waste. And in keeping with this, the kinds of ingenious leftover-makeovers that we come up with are something else!

Chapattis magically turn into Quick Churma Ladoos, Dahiwali Roti, upmas and frankies; vegetables are reborn as stuffed parathas and cutlets.

Leftover Bread gives us crumbs and croutons, Crouton Salad,  French Toast. Every family has their own favourite leftover-makeover. 

Rice is one part of the meal that often just sits there after everyone's left. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could do more than tava pulao and jeera rice with it? Here are some interesting ways to perk up leftover rice - a total makeover! Try Rice Pakoda Kadhi and Carrot, Cucumber and Curd Rice.

Leftover Pasta can be used for Pasta Cheese Balls. Mix up the leftover pasta with cheese, herbs and a few other ingredients, coat it in batter and bread crumbs and deep-fry to make a crunchy snack with a soft interior, that will bowl you over with its fantastic texture and memorable flavour.

Watch your leftover idlis transform into a scrumptious delight as you toss them with crunchy onions, tangy tomatoes and peppy spice powders. The master stroke in this Spicy Tava Idli recipe is the use of pav bhaji masala

What a fun way to make use of leftover uttapas! The Uttapam Pizza is so tasty that your kids will want you to make this every time you make dosa batter. From onions and capsicum, to pizza sauce and cheese, the Uttapam Pizza has all the basic ingredients that go into your favourite pizza.

Use your leftover food wisely as you really want to minimise wastage in the kitchen and keep your home more eco firnedly.



left over recipes for the indian kitchen

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 by Tarla Dalal
A soup-style breakfast that you can prepare from leftover chapatis, Dahiwali Roti is flavourful yet easy to prepare. You will surely enjoy the refreshing flavour of buttermilk, balanced well with jaggery, spice powders and an aromatic tempering. Just make sure that the buttermilk is whisked well, perhaps using a hand blender, so that there are no lumps to ruin the appearance and mouth-feel of this dish. Serve fresh with a peppy garnish of coriander. You cna also try other recipes like Idli-Upma or Wagharelo Rotla .
Traditionally, samosas are served with chutney or chole, but this one which is a personal favourite of mine, is a bit different. I have experimented serving them with a coconut kadhi and to add some crunch to the dish, i have added chopped spring onions. This chaat is a meal in itself! the coconut kadhi uses coconut milk which is the liquid extracted with water from the coconut flesh. Coconut milk is now available in tetrapacks at grocery stores, so you need not go through the effort of extracting it!
Traditional South Indian fare, and a favourite especially with tamil brahmins, the carrot, cucumber and curd rice is a frequent choice for the ‘tiffin box’! It is really a refreshing dish to prepare on hot summer days to complement a meal of roti and subzi. You will be surprised to see the value-add that the simple tempering imparts to this easy preparation. It can be had chilled at home, or packed in a box for lunch . Also do try other exciting South Indian rice dishes like Bisi Bele Bhaat , Chitrana Rice and Sundal Rice .
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 by Tarla Dalal
You can’t find a more exciting way to use leftover bread. Turn them into enticingly crisp bread croutons and toss them up with succulent paneer cubes, peppy spring onions and crisp lettuce. Nothing dresses this up as beautifully as a mixture of cheese, olives and cream. You will love the tangy flavour and exciting contrast of textures in this Crouton Salad. An excellent accompaniment with a bowl of Macaroni Soup and Crispy Bread .
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 by Tarla Dalal
What a fun way to make use of leftover uttapas ! The Uttapam Pizza is so tasty that your kids will want you to make this every time you make dosa batter. From onions and capsicum, to pizza sauce and cheese, the Uttapam Pizza has all the basic ingredients that go into your favourite pizza. Put on your creative caps and make the Uttapam Pizza just the way you want to. Throw in your choice of toppings from pineapples and sweet corn to olives, top it with your own combo of sauces and perhaps a sprinkling of tandoori masala or chaat masala too, and watch an humble uttapam magically transform into an exciting Farm Fresh Pizza or Tandoori Paneer Pizza. The best part is that you don’t even need an oven to prepare this. Uttapas Stuffed with Green Peas Tricolour Uttapam and Sandwich Uttapa are other exciting ways to make uttapas.
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 by Tarla Dalal
You would never have thought that leftover bread can turn into such an exotic treat! Watch the magic unfurl, as simple bread slices transform into crisp, buttery cups that can hold a mouth-wateringly cheesy mixture of juicy corn, tangy tomatoes and crunchy veggies. You can prepare the bread cups earlier, but prepare the stuffing and assemble the Baked Corn and Tomato Bread Cups just before serving, to enjoy the cheesy texture of the filling before it turns chewy. These dainty bread cups can be served as Evening Tea Snacks or as Starters / Snacks at any Party .
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 by Tarla Dalal
Oops? Stranded with some leftover boiled Pastas ? Here is how to turn it into an aromatic, herby delicacy. Mix up the leftover pasta with cheese, herbs and a few other ingredients, coat it in batter and bread crumbs and deep-fry to make a crunchy snack with a soft interior, that will bowl you over with its fantastic texture and memorable flavour. Make sure you serve the Pasta Cheese Balls immediately after preparation to avoid the chewiness that takes over when molten cheese cools down. Pasta Cheese Balls can be served as Evening Tea Snacks , After School Treats , High Tea Party and Cocktail Party .
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 by Tarla Dalal
A thoughtful way to make use of leftover rice, and a brilliant idea to transform simple kadhi into a classic special dish! Mixing in some spice powders, shaping into balls and deep-frying converts leftover rice into scrumptious pakodas, which are a wonderful value-add to traditional curd-based kadhi. The mellow, spice-laced flavour of the pakode and its exciting texture contrast beautifully with the tangy flavour and rich texture of the kadhi making them a winning team. Serve the Rice Pakoda Kadhi hot, with an aromatic garnish of coriander. This delectable dish makes a good accompaniment to Vegetable Pulao or Vagharela Bhaat ( Gujarati Recipe) .
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 by Tarla Dalal
Preparing churma is usually a time consuming process, which requires a long cooking procedure to eliminate the raw smell and get a rich aroma. Here is a really unique quick-fix, which involves powdering leftover rotis and using that coarse powder along with jaggery, ghee and nuts to prepare really delicious Quick Churma Ladoo. The effort that goes into this ladoo is really meagre compared to its rich and irresistible flavour and aroma! Store this mithai in a dry and airtight container for 2 to 3 days at room temperature, to relish as and when required.
Watch your leftover idlis transform into a scrumptious delight as you toss them with crunchy onions, tangy tomatoes and peppy spice powders. The master stroke in this Spicy Tava Idli recipe is the use of pav bhaji masala, a very popular flavour that is loved by young and old alike! Try to serve this as soon as possible, while the flavours and textures are in tact.
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 by Tarla Dalal
Leftover chapatis get a thrilling makeover in this recipe. Tossed with crunchy veggies and spice powders, the humble chapati transforms into a spicy and tangy snack, with the same irresistible charm of noodles. The addition of pav bhaji masala is really the master stroke in the preparation of the Chapati Masala Noodles, as it imparts a lingering aroma and flavour that guarantees excitement to the taste buds.
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 by Tarla Dalal
French Toast – a name that makes people drool the world over – is generally out of the reach of vegetarians as its other name is “Eggy Bread”! It is basically bread that is soaked in beaten eggs, then deep-fried and drizzled with honey. This vegetarian version is just as tasty! Here, we have dipped the bread slices in a mixture of fresh cream and milk sweetened with sugar and thickened with corn flour, instead of the traditional egg-based batter. Another positive twist in this recipe is that it is cooked on a tava rather than deep-fried. Had fresh and hot, topped with honey and cinnamon powder, it is nothing short of a taste of heaven!
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South Indian Rice
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 on 25 Aug 18 08:41 PM


South Indian Rice
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Rice
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 on 03 Mar 17 05:46 PM


Hamare Ghar roz ka Khana thoda zada baNTA hai Issi liye Bach bhi jata hai. ABB se leftover khane se breakfast ya next day ka behtareen lunch bana sakte hai. Great recipes ideas shared. Thanks!!!!
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Tarla Dalal    Thanks Ramesh for the feedback.
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22 Jun 17 05:55 PM