6 Mouthwatering And Quick Recipes You Can Make With Leftover Food

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10:00 am 1 Feb, 2016

1. Chapati noodles made from leftover chapatis

Chapati is one food item that usually gets prepared in excess and gets thrown away the next day. But what if you could prepare a delicious as well as nutritious breakfast the next morning? Everyone’s favorite noodles prepared with a healthy chapati twist. Here’s the recipe:


2 cups finely chopped vegetables – onion, carrot, cabbage, capsicum, tomato, green chilly

5-6 chapatti finely cut into thin strips

1 tablespoon coriander powder

1 teaspoon chilly powder

½ teaspoon chilly powder

1 tablespoon soya sauce

Salt to taste

1 tablespoon oil

Method: Heat oil in a pan and sauté vegetables for 4-5 minutes. Now add all the spices and soya sauce and mix well. Now add sliced chapatis and mix well. Cook for another two minutes and chapati noodles are ready!


2. Schezwan fried rice made with day old rice

Did you prepare a huge quantity of rice yesterday which is lying unused in your refrigerator? Let’s prepare a sumptuous recipe out of it which everyone in your family would just love!


2 cups finely chopped vegetables – spring onion, tomato, carrots, beans, capsicum

2 tablespoon schezwan sauce

1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste

1 tablespoon cooking oil

Salt to taste

3 cups leftover rice

Method: Heat oil in a cooking pan. Add ginger garlic paste and sauté for 15 seconds. Now add all chopped vegetables and sauté on high heat for 3-4 minutes. Add schezwan sauce and leftover rice and toss well. Your spicy and tangy schezwan fried rice is ready. Wasn’t it easy?


3. Veg rolls using leftover dry dish such as mix veg

Usually some portion of our dishes made the previous night are leftover, especially if we’ve had some guests last night. So here is a brilliant idea to use leftover dry vegetable dish the next morning to prepare veg rolls which can serve as a wholesome breakfast and even as a complete meal. You can even pack it for your child’s lunch to school.


Leftover dry vegetable dish

Shredded cheese

Tomato ketchup

Chilli sauce (optional)

Chapati or readymade tortilla

Method: Place the gravy in a line at the center, sprinkle some shredded cheese and ketchup. You can also add a little red chilly sauce if you would like your rolls to be spicy. Now wrap it into a roll and grill in a microwave or grill till done. Your on-the-go breakfast is done so effortlessly in minutes!


4. Spicy vegetable masala idli with leftover idlis


2 cups of chopped mix vegetables such as onion, tomato, capsicum, bell pepper, cabbage and beans

5-6 curry leaves

½ teaspoon turmeric power

½ teaspoon chilly powder

2 tablespoons cooking oil

1 tablespoon lemon juice

Salt to taste

8-10 leftover idlis

Method: Heat oil in a cooking pan and sauté vegetables for about 3-4 minutes. Now add all the spices and mix well. Add idlis and lemon juice and toss them well. A healthy, delicious and wholesome snack is prepared!


5. Keema (minced meat) parantha

Don’t want to waste your leftover keema? Then don’t. Here is an idea about how to reuse it.


Dough (as required for rotis)

Butter (for cooking)


Method: Roll out two flat round shaped rotis and brush with water on the outer portions. Now spread keema on one bread and place the other bread on top of it. Press the edges gently to seal. Now shallow fry on a tava with butter until golden brown. Amazing! Isn’t it?


6. Bread dahi vada with leftover bread

This is perhaps the quickest of all our leftover food recipes! Can be enjoyed anytime but best served as a snack or starter.


1 cup curd

Tamarind chutney

Coriander chutney

Chilli powder

Cumin powder

Salt to taste

Leftover bread

Method: Cut out the corners of bread. Now dip the bread in lukewarm water for about 5 seconds to make it soft. Press the bread to get rid of the excess water and roll it like a ball to give it the shape of vada. Place the vada pieces on a plate and spread curd over it. Drop green and tamarind chutneys on it. Now sprinkle salt, chilly powder and cumin powder and you are done.



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