Prepare these 6 Amazing Recipes with Leftover Rice

Oftentimes while having dinner, you might be full already or would like to keep it light. In these cases, food can be leftover and let's be honest. No one likes food wastage!

In Indian households, rice is a common dish served for both lunch and dinner. It is also the most common leftover food that is carried forward to the next day in meal preparations. So if you have leftover rice and are unsure of what to do with it, we have some curated recipes for you.

These Indian recipes made with leftover rice are sweet as well savoury. They can surely become a hit in your family with just a few tweaks, making them the perfect meal or accompaniment.

Which Recipes can you Prepare with Leftover Rice?

Check out these 7 recipes that can be prepared with leftover rice in just a few minutes. They are easy to cook and will save you the trouble of food wastage, or adding more storage in your refrigerator.

1. Lemon Rice

Lemon rice, also known as Chittrana, is a popular dish inspired from South India. It is made with lemon extracts which are a great source of Vitamin C and help provide antioxidant properties to your body. For flavour and colour, you can add haldi (turmeric) and asafoetida (saunf) to this meal preparation to make it both healthy and appetising.

This dish with leftover rice can be paired perfectly with your favourite vegetables. It tastes delicious with a bowl of Sambar dal. You can serve it in the Milton Lissom Dinner Plate which is available in a set of 6 pieces. It is ideal for serving lunch or dinner as its size goes up to 11 inches. It is made up of melamine making it durable and its elegant design makes meal consumption worth it. Moreover, this product is dishwasher safe and hence ideal for your daily serveware needs.

2. Sweet Kheer

If a pot of leftover rice doesn't immediately scream 'dessert potential,' then you may be looking at it wrong. In terms of sweet treats that are easy to make at home, there is one in particular that tops the list and it certainly involves those leftover grains from last night.

Kheer or rice pudding is quite popular in every Indian household. All you need is leftover rice boiled in milk and topped with some sugar or jaggery.

3. Vegetable Rice Cutlets

Cutlets made with leftover rice are a great breakfast and evening snack option for your kids. Also known as tikkis, you can up the health quotient for this recipe by adding your favourite veggies and spices. Prepare vegetable cutlets in the following steps -

  • In a mixing bowl, add the cooked rice and mash it until soft.
  • Add dry ingredients including veggies, turmeric, red chilli powder, and salt to taste.
  • You can also add cornflour to make the ingredients stick well while mixing. Set it aside.
  • In a pan, heat some oil and carefully place balls made from the tiki mixture.
  • Fry it on medium flame until the tikkis become golden-brown in colour.
  • Serve hot with your choice of dip.


4. Fried Rice

The best use of leftover rice is to combine it with some veggies, or non-vegetarian ingredients like chicken, prawns or even bacon to convert into Fried Rice. It's easy to cook and takes only a few minutes before you can consume it for lunch or dinner.

  • Take your leftover rice and cook it in a large saucepan. Add boiling water and cook on medium flame for about 10-12 minutes.
  • In a non-stick pan, add some oil and heat it on medium flame. To this, add 1-2 egg yolks and cook them for 2 minutes. Set aside.
  • Take the non-stick pan and reheat it with oil. Add veggies with or without your non-vegetarian ingredients and stir fry until heated enough.
  • In a pan, heat some oil and carefully place balls made from the tiki mixture.
  • Add the egg preparation to this mixture. Add the cooked rice as well and mix all together.
  • Serve hot to enjoy.


5. Rice Cakes (Idli)

Rice cakes or the traditional Idli is the perfect morning appetiser or evening snack. It is satiating and tastes delicious when paired with coconut chutney and sambar. You can use the leftover rice and blend it into a paste using a mixer grinder. Use that batter to prepare as many idlis as you want, for yourself and the family!

You can also carry this dish to your office, college, or anywhere outside in the Treo All Fresh Borosilicate Tiffin. It comes in a set of 4 containers all stackable one on-top of the other. It has a non-porous and compact design with an insulated jacket for heat retention. It is also food safe, odour free, leakproof, scratch resistant and dishwasher friendly for daily use in the kitchen or to carry with you on the go.

6. Biryani

Who doesn't enjoy savouring the different spices and ingredients in a Biryani dish while its aroma spreads across the house? Whether you like it with chicken or your favourite veggies, Biryani is a favourite in most Indian households. It can be easily prepared with leftover rice and takes approximately 30-40 minutes to cook.

The Milton Convoy DLX-II stainless steel casserole is ideal for storing this Biryani dish. are double-walled, with a stainless-steel interior to keep food hot and fresh and tasty for hours. Featuring a smart dual-tone outer finish with attractive graphics, this insulated container is simple to use, and elegantly designed to take centre-stage at your dining table.

Making Leftover Rice in the Milton ProCook

Wondering how to make these dishes with leftover rice? Cook it in the Milton ProCook Triply Kadai to have a hassle-free experience in the kitchen.

Composed of a stainless steel base with a lid, this product is available in different sizes ranging from 1.6 to 5.7 litres. It has 3-layers of metal bonded together to ensure that the food remains safe and so does the utensil in terms of its durability and longevity. Its second layer is made of aluminium for an even distribution of heat which enables faster cooking. It is compatible with an induction and is aso flame or hotplate safe. It can prepare food for at least 3-4 people, and can be used regularly thanks to its dishwasher-safe build.

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