Do you have leftover Rice when you are hungry???

Lemon Rice prepared from Leftover Rice

At my home we eat a lot of different types of veggies including leafy vegetables, pulses, cereals.  My mother always makes some extra food everytime whether it is breakfast, lunch or dinner.  Plain white rice can always be found in my home.

In my last post I told you about my hunger and preparing a dish from what is available at home.  So what to do when you have cooked leftover rice??

Below is the recipe for the hungryites or for those who dont want to waste rice…

New Dish from Leftover Rice:


1 cup cooked Rice

2 tablespoon oil

1/2 teaspoon of cumin seeds

1/2 teaspoon of mustard seeds

2 green chilles finely chopped or vertically splited

1 small to medium finely chopped onion

1 small to medium finely chopped tomato

1/2 cup peas or 1/2 cup carrots or 1/2 cup finely chopped cauliflower or 1 extra tomato or Nothing (read below)

Salt to taste, Turmeric for yellow colour, lemon juice (optional),  freshly chopped coriander for garnishing

How its done:

Heat the pan and put oil. Into the hot oil, put the cumin and mustard seeds. When they crackle, put green chilles. Let them sizzle, then add finely chopped onion. When the onion turns slightly brown add the tomato. Cook till the tomatoes become tender.  At this point add turmeric (not compulsory).

The next ingredient to go in the pan is of your choice. This ingredient is the one whichever you have at home. Sometimes I used peas, substituted it with carrot, cauliflower or tomato or lemon juice. So in this way I used to call my dish Peas Rice, Tomato rice, Lemon Rice, etc.  Sometimes I used to be soooo Hungggrrryyyy… that I used to chuck this step altogether. Look when veggies go in the pan they take atleast 5-10 mins for cooking. Who’s got that much patience when hunger bomb strikes???

After the above mentioned step, add rice, salt, lemon juice and cook for 5 mins. Garnish with Coriander.


All receipes are just a guide. You can get creative.

1. Add ginger garlic paste before the veggies step and it will uplift your dish.

2. Instead of green chillies, you can add red chilly powder and some garam masala.

3. You can also use szchewan sauce / paste to give it a chinese twist


Green chillies can be bifurcated into two major categories as per their colours. Dark green and Light green. From my experience I have noted that dark green chillies are more spicy than the light green ones.

So go on, get creative and make this dish and lemme know your version, comments and suggestions.


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