Recipes For Leftover Food
WE all have experienced food wastage and we all have been guilty of it. The excess left over food is either spilled in the dustbin or given away. So what do we do to minimize the wastage? Well, we do have a solution to this problem. We can have some dishes prepared from these leftover excess and create new delicious ones! So we bring to you the menu of the new dishes which can be created from these leftovers:
1. Dal roti
Knead the flour with the cooked leftover dal. If the moisture from the dal is not sufficient, add some extra water. Make a stiff but soft dough and let it rest for 5–10 minutes. Take a small ball of the dough and roll it out into a thin roti. Heat the tawa and place the rolled out roti on it. Add few drops of oil and cook for about a minute on each side till the brown spots appear. Serve with raita or any side dish. You could use any leftover dals like dal makhani, tadka dal, spinach dal and others to make dal roti. The seasoning and flavorings in the dal enhances the taste of the roti.
You could also cook some extra dal while making sambhar or kootu and save it for making rotis!
2. Lemon rice
As the name suggests, the dish is made out of leftover rice.
Take a few lemons and grate the zest of the lemon. Now cut the lemon and squeeze the juice discarding the seeds and then keep it aside. Now in the a pan heat a tbsp of oil, pop some mustard seeds, Bengal gram, split black gram, dry red chili and curry leaves. (You can also add some peanuts). Add the turmeric powder, lemon zest and asafetida. You can also add 1 tbsp of grated coconut for some added flavor. Finally add the lemon juice and salt. Toss the rice with this till everything is well mixed. Garnish with grated carrot and cilantro. Your Lemon rice is ready!
3. Cooked rice idli
The dish is made out of cooked Rice. Combine urad dal, fenugreek seeds and some water in a deep bowl and mix it well. Cover with a lid and keep it aside for soaking for 2 hours. Wash and drain well. Add the cooked rice and blend it into a smooth mixture using 1½ cups of water. Transfer the mixture into a deep bowl, add the rice semolina and salt and mix it well. Cover it with a lid and let it ferment in a warm place for 10 to 12 hours. After fermentation, mix the batter once again and pour spoonfuls of batter into each of the greased idli moulds. Steam in an idli steamer for 10 minutes or till they are cooked. Repeat with the remaining batter to make more idlis. Allow the idlis to cool down a bit and de-mould them. Serve hot with sambhar, coconut chutney and tomato chutney. Your Cooked Rice Idli is ready!
4. Chatpata dahiwala bread recipe
The bread is the key ingredient. Combine the curd, turmeric powder, chilli powder and salt along with 2 tbsp of water in a bowl and mix well. Add the bread cubes and mix till the bread is coated with the curds mixture. Keep this mixture aside and heat the oil in a broad non-stick pan and add the cumin seeds. When the seeds crackle, add the asafetida, curry leaves and ginger and sauté on medium flame for a few seconds. Add the onion slices and sauté till they turn slightly brown. Add the bread mixture and sauté and keep it on a slow flame till the bread turns light brown in color. Stir occasionally. Serve it hot, garnished with coriander.
5. Chapatti masala noodles recipe
Take the leftover Chapatti for this recipe. Cut the chapatti into thin strips. Heat the butter in a pan, add the onions and capsicum and sauté till the onions turn translucent. Add garlic, tomatoes, turmeric powder and chili powder and sauté after another 5 minutes. Add the black salt, pav bhaji masala and salt and mix it well. Add the chapatti strips and toss it. Serve hot and garnished with the coriander and lemon wedges.
So here are the five recipes for the leftover food! Needless not say, you will save food and give yourself a treat!